So what if Denton's Trebuchet has a flair for the dramatic? The local five-piece can carry off the anger-stained rock it deals in - both because the musicians write and perform with conviction, and because the band blends smart sounds with compelling lyrics.
Trebuchet plays Dan's Silverleaf on Friday night with Dallas' Descender and Magnet School. Warm up those neck muscles; some head-banging is entirely possible, though not with the force or verve of Angus Young.
Trebuchet is known for its prog-metal sound, but the band doesn't shy away from creating a variation on a more classical theme, as in "Left in E Flat," when the band lets things get a little softer around the edges.
Moody percussion and guitar play a game of chase in songs like "Waffles and Pancakes" (from 2009's double CD Bear and the Moon) and then saunter across a steaming asphalt street in the twangy blues number "Clocktower Blues." The guitar work in "Single File" evokes the percussive notes of Tom Morello's style, circa Rage Against the Machine.
In May, the band released a split EP with Fort Worth rock trio the Phuss.
Details: The show starts at 9 p.m. Friday at Dan's, 103 Industrial St. Cover is $5, all ages.
Sounds like: Anger in its twilight, as if Josh T. Pearson crashed in the Toadies' house and found a secret stash of the Carpenters and John Lee Hooker in the attic.
They're with the band: Bobby Lotfipour, drums; John Yett, bass; Justin Hawkins, vocals and guitars; Dustin Fleming, guitars, keyboard and programming; and Keith Naylor, guitars and vocals.