Since 2007, Imperial China has been one of D.C.'s most exciting and aggressive live bands, but Wednesday night will be the band's last show: "After three albums and 94 shows, Imperial China has decided to call it quits so we can focus on our jobs and new music projects," reads a message on the band's Web site. (The City Paper spoke to the band's Brian Porter about the decision.)
Abrupt tempo changes, full-body grooves and prolific use of samples and loops (which made the band seem much larger than a trio) gave their performances a hyperkinetic, theatrical feel. "We all have short attention spans . . . so it keeps us all happy and not bored," the band's drummer Patrick Gough told the Post in 2009. "I get kind of bored when I go see a show and everybody's playing the same instrument and standing in the same place for 40 minutes," he added.
Doors at the Black Cat open at 8 p.m. tonight, and you can still get tickets for $12. Here's Imperial China in action: