Kyle Dean Reinford
RICH BOYS: Saint Rich plays the First Unitarian Church on Monday.
If post-rockers could talk, what would they say? Here’s your chance to find out: Monday’s double-bill pairs two new song-oriented projects from musicians better known for their instrumental-only affairs. Steve Marion makes curious, captivating wordless guitar-pop with/as Delicate Steve, but he’s switched over to drum duties behind bandmate (and North Jersey high school buddy) Christian Peslak in the recently minted duo Saint Rich. Their debut, Beyond the Drone (Merge), is a rollicking, rootsy, riff-tastic rip through ’60s rock and ’70s boogie that feels a bit like Foxygen without all the anxious posturing (and with notably witty lyrics). Meanwhile, jazz-steeped saxophonist/experimental tinkerer Elliot Bergman made his name fronting (too-long dormant) avant-Afrobeat heroes NOMO, with whom his sister Natalie has occasionally featured as a touring member; now the siblings are slinging globally conscious indie-pop as Wild Belle. Their predictably groove-rich, sonically adventurous Isles (Columbia) sets them up as something like a world beat She & Him, pulling from African pop and Motown but with a particular emphasis on Caribbean rhythms, which make it well-suited to help pass the time before the re-emergence of summertime and/or Santigold.
Mon., Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m., $13, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 877-987-6487, r5productions.com.
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