Originally a quartet that only solidified as a duo, Run Chico Run manage to sound like a group as large as Broken Social Scene on Slow Action. That all these wonderful sounds come courtesy of only Matt Skillings and Thomas Shields is as mind-boggling as their ability to sound like 20 different bands at once and come off as original in the process. No small feat, considering the melting pot includes the prog rock stylings of (gulp) Rush and Yes, some avant weirdness à la Beefheart and Pere Ubu, with off-kilter indie shards by way of Pavement and early Modest Mouse. Yet Skillings's and Shields's sense of solid pop hooks and melody keeps the weirdness from overtaking the proceedings and shows that they probably have a couple of Beatles and Byrds albums in their collection. This might be every music snob's wet dream come true.
Run Chico Run play the Boat tonight (Thursday, April 6).