The M’s formed four years ago and get great shows with bands like the French Kicks, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Walkmen, but their scrawny discography–six whole songs–would seem to indicate serious motivational problems. But give the local band’s EP (self-released in 2002, rereleased last August on Brilliante with two bonus tracks) a spin and you can see where all the time went. Their baroque, driving aesthetic straps psych-pop sounds–sustain-heavy lead guitar, nasal harmonies, processional bass, trumpet, tambourine–to the bellies of songs that know where they’re going: your zipper, child. The swirly guitars-and-horns mix has brought on inevitable comparisons to the Beatles, but the M’s stomp like girls with cramps and moan like Robyn Hitchcock reunited with his sweaty groin; occasionally they capture the wistful, secular-gospel sweetness the Insomniacs chased on their first LP and had lost by the second. And soon you can ease into a long, hot bath of this stuff: a full-length is finally in the can, with a release party scheduled for April 2 at the venue they’re headlining tonight. Kim and Danger Adventure open. Friday, February 6, 10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport; 773-525-2508.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chris Strong.