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Le Fleur, Jan. 4, The RX, Neurolux


As this issue hits the stands, you might be searching through a mountain of gift wrap and ribbons for the cable to hook up your new Nintendo Wii. Or, you might be totally inert, recovering from too much spiral ham and egg nog. But Mike Runsvold (guitar), Ivy Meissner (bass, vocals), Chad Whittaker (guitar), Bryan Hallowell (drums) and Zach Jones (keyboard, vocals) of local band Le Fleur are probably getting ready for their shows to celebrate the release of their debut EP, Truce.

Truce is 25 minutes of punchy indie rock, with Meissner's vocals swinging between yells, high, soft melodic chants and emotional vibratos. The melodies are all a bit melancholic, and the CD has an overall dark vibe. In "The Grooming Song," Meissner softly repeats "My heart is a screen door / banging in the wind / I know that, I know that / this will never end" before the guitars rev up, and she launches into "Not even a bird could groom himself so well / ripping feathers from his flesh."

The limited edition CD cover, designed by Hallowell, is a beautiful gold and green affair with accents of white and black, hand-printed by the band. On the back of the cover, the copyright is listed as American Manflower Music, 2007. Jones said the band realized a bit late that their French name should have the feminine la instead of the masculine le. He said rather than change a name they liked, they decided to poke a little fun at themselves.

Jan. 4, 6 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010; 9 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N., 11th St., 208-343-0886.