The Old Haunts, a rotating cast centered on Craig Extine and Scott Seckington, released its first full-length, Fallow Field, in 2005 on Kill Rock Stars. Past members include Chris Sutton of Dub Narcotic Sound System; currently, the Extine-Seckington combo is backed up by the drumming of Tobi Vail, famous for her work in riot-grrl legends Bikini Kill.
The Old Haunts have a sound that's definitively Olympian in that it's so difficult to classify. Raw and underproduced (but in a good way), there are elements of all manner of rock subgenres: The trebly lead guitar takes after surf rock; the hopping bass lines suggest a rockabilly influence; and Extine's vocals are reminiscent of Richard Hell. The songs throb on, at times repetitive, but hardly boring.
Folks arriving at Garfield Artworks for the "ex-Bikini Kill" aspect of The Old Haunts shouldn't expect any "Suck My Left One"-style revolutionary rhetoric. This new generation of Olympian offerings is fresh, and that's what makes Olympia Olympia.
The Old Haunts with Smells Like Gina, Flotilla Way and Kill the Unicorn. 8 p.m. Wed., May 16. (Also features DIY zine and crafts fair.) Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave., Garfield. $7. 412-361-3342 or www.garfieldartworks.com