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Denser Dumptruck

June 16, 1986|STEVE HOCHMAN

Like many young folk-rocky bands, Dumptruck is a more powerful and gripping proposition live than on record. Saturday at Club Lingerie, the Boston-based quartet replaced the pristine, atmospheric sound of its recent album "Positively" with a denser mix, de-emphasizing the record's fuzzy neo-psychedelic guitar leads in favor of increased rhythmic momentum.

All in all it was an even trade, as the group's strong songs--wistful, impressionistic imagery underscored by the melodic, intertwining voices and guitars of Kirk Swan and Seth Tiven--work well in both contexts. Though often quite reminiscent of the Byrds and Television, Dumptruck adds its own clever twists to the style.

San Francisco's Faith No More followed with a loud, drum-heavy set ranging from a U2-like instrumental to the cynical rap anthem "We Care a Lot." The quintet's motley, mangy presentation recalled L.A. bad boys Thelonious Monster.

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