Today, Codeine isn't name-dropped often, even if you can sense the reverberations of their weighty style in current post-punk, post-rock, and noise rock. Slint's Spiderland emerged during the same time as Codeine and mined similar motifs, but whereas Codeine remain relatively unknown, Spiderland is a celebrated classic. Brokaw isn't bothered by his group's comparative lack of renown, but then again you wouldn't expect someone so modest and thoughtful to spit venom. "It's almost difficult to convey how weird people thought we were back then," he says. "You listen to Codeine's music now, and it just doesn't sound all that weird anymore. In some ways, the music we did had at least a partial effect on how people started playing rock music. I feel myself that we did something really powerful and really interesting."
CODEINE + THALIA ZEDEK | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston | June 30 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.779.0140 or brightonmusichall.com.
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