Mares of Thrace at Funky Winker Bean’s
Appearances can be deceiving. Based on their promo shots, you would never guess what sort of music Thérèse Lanz and Stefani MacKichan make. Upon seeing the two freshly scrubbed Calgarians in the frilly little dresses they’re fond of wearing, you might think they produce some variety of hipster-approved indie pop. Even their band’s name, Mares of Thrace (derived from ancient Greek mythology) suggests the two are a pair of twee bookworms. The fact is, however, the duo’s music is anything but twee. Mares of Thrace plays sludgy, riff-driven metal featuring the most guttural growling and throaty screaming you’ll hear outside of claw-clipping day at the animal shelter. It rules, and it just goes to show that heavy metal doesn’t have to come wrapped in tight black jeans, sawed-off Slayer T-shirts, and studded bracelets. Which is not to say you shouldn’t don your finest West Whalley Jr. Secondary smoke-pit regalia when Mares of Thrace plays Funky Winker Bean’s on Friday (April 27). When you’re truly metal, you can wear whatever the fuck you want.