By all accounts (from people who’ve played shows with them) this Cleveland quartet, which includes veterans of the Chargers Street Gang, Neon King Kong, and the Bassholes, is the real thing live–for once, a punk band as exciting as you’d want it to be. And judging from their recent The Cleveland Finger EP (Exit Stencil), I believe it: the disc is exhilarating, fevered, wickedly skillful, and over way too soon. Quivering with tension that never seems quite fully released no matter how frenzied the pitch gets, the band’s got some of the barbaric yawp of, say, the Dead Boys, backed up by the sheer chops and soul of Fugazi. The sounds in the punk arsenal have seen plenty of use, and in the wrong band’s hands they seem as harmless as Renaissance Faire props, but TMIBH, always swerving right when you’re expecting left, makes them sharp and scary again. There’s a full-length coming in April from Version City, whose catalog also includes releases by Liars and Oneida; it’s produced by Detroit garage legend Jim Diamond. The Dishes headline; the Voltz open. Friday, December 12, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.

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