Soft Kill takes Soundbar Saturday night

Soft Kill's lethal take on post-punk may be suffused with melancholy, but the band led by Tobias Grave is anything but dour fashion victims. There's a biting wit lurking in the background – the band teased a shirt design recently featuring a courtroom sketch of Tekashi69 with "Death to Pretenders" above it (relax, it's a snippet from their song "Hard Candy") and included a branded umbrella in their last merchandise drop. And yet, Soft Kill's yearning, reaching, propulsive songs bring in the goths – and increasingly everyone else – in hordes. Lately, the band has delighted in confounding expectations with seemingly odd tour pairings – Skeletonwitch earlier this summer and hardcore titans Vein this time. Saturday's full lineup is beyond stacked: Aside from the aforementioned brutal Bostonians of Vein, we also recommend the pummeling HC of Spine (with members from Weekend Nachos and Sorry Excuse).

with Vein, Higher Power, Silenus, Regional Justice Center, Spine | Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. | Soundbar, 37 W. Pine St.

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