As its ambiguous name suggests, Thrashing Doves makes music that mixes violence and innocuousness. Stopping by the Bayou Monday night to support its A&M debut album "Bedrock Vice," the six-piece British band created dense, danceable, substantive pop, a merger of brittle British braininess and aggressive American rootsiness.
The songs submerged suggestions of prickly politics within punchy power-pop.
The hip-rolling bass and jangly twin guitars of "Biba's Basement" didn't refer obviously to the anti-Thatcher sentiments of the lyrics. The buoyant beat and cheery electronic vibes of "Matchstick Flotilla" nearly obscured the fact that the song is about boat people.
And "Jesus on the Payroll" lampooned religious hucksterism to a rockified go-go beat.
The young band has a distinctive sound, but its influences were showing -- it was possible to discern traces of the Velvet Underground, early Clash, T. Rex and Talking Heads, among others.
And in singer/rhythm guitarist Ken Foreman, with his teen-targeted coquettishness, coy eye-batting and skinny hip-wiggles, there was even a dollop of Duran Duran.
Foreman is a charismatic frontman, and his swooping, squealing voice is appealingly flexible if not always sturdy enough for the band's bright, bristling noise.
Thrashing Doves encored with ingeniously remodeled covers of T. Rex's "Baby Boomerang" and the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil."