The best kind of breakdown

“Einstein made Fs and man, I cant make a C / You see what it’s doing to me? Nuclear brainwashing.” So goes the song, “Nuclear Doowop,” a new release by local art/experimental rockers Shorty Can’t Eat Books. This is the band that performs with a toilet on the stage, and throws bananas into the audience, and somehow makes a lot of sense by not making any sense.

On Saturday, Jan. 18 they hold an album release show for their new self-titled EPat The LAB. “We have a lot of big things planned that will be super fun (new original songs, new fun covers),” says bassist Chandler Brewer. The Dark Shave also performs. 9:30 p.m., $6.

According to Short Can’t Eat Books’s bio, “The band derives it’s peculiar name from the strife of DMX’s character in the 1998 movie Belly. DMX is confronted with a variety of social pressures associated with raising a child while coming to decision to finish school. The band recognizes parallels to the lives of their peers – themselves coping with maturity while struggling to raise the child within. Saying ‘Shorty can’t eat books’ is an excuse, if only for an evening, to ignore your metaphorical books.”

Photo from the band’s Facebook page.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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