Today’s revolution is tomorrow’s dinner music. This is the plight of the Zero Boys, the semi-legendary Indianapolis punk and hardcore band playing Monday at Strange Matter. During the group’s largely ignored heyday in the late ’70s and early ’80s, no one who was aware of the band’s signature adrenaline rushes could have imagined that their smack-to-the-face sound would become a soothing dose of nostalgia. But that’s OK. The Zero Boys were about 30 years ahead of their time. Headlining a bill that includes bands that owe no small measure of debt to their once-ground breaking sound (New Jersey’s Night Birds and Richmond groups Cloak/Dagger and Cretins), the Zero Boys are to today’s crop of punk rock ’n’ rollers what Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were to the Rolling Stones. Besides the lack of fame and fortune, the other big difference between the two is that the Zero Boys remain worth seeing. Monday, Aug. 26 at Strange Matter, 929 W. Grace St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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