In place of the fantastically freaky fictional ghost town they evoked on 2003's Small Town Murder Scene, our own Fembots turn to a concrete-wasteland-in-the-making for their third disc. Gone are the gimmicky sound effects and tape loops; in their place, Dave Mackinnon and Brian Poirier focus on impeccable songwriting, dedicating a wistful love letter to a battered and broken-down Toronto. Regulars Jason Tate (on vibes and percussion) and violinist Julie Penner, along with loads of guests (check the full-on horn section) flesh out the core duo, making the 'Bots finally sound like a cohesive band. They still manage to mess around with a classic roots-rock sound, but the clicks, bangs and whirs work perfectly as backdrops for their Demolition Waltzes (I and II) and Waitsian two-steps about the changing landscape. Though the choral singalongs are grand, the maturity of bittersweet ballads like the title track and album-closer History Remade (which features a nifty typewriter shuffle) is really striking. Fembots hit the Horseshoe Saturday (September 3) and play an in-store at Soundscapes Tuesday (September 6).