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Local synth-rock trio I Almost Saw God in the Metro subscribes to sensation. With an aesthetic equal parts post-industrial Dada, ethereal humanism, harsh voyeurism and skewed fashion spread, the work of singer/guitarist/graphic designer David Noel, synth/sax player Zackery Hollback and drummer Wynn Muse belies as much as it implies.

On IASGITM's self-produced 2003 release, The Sound I Want to Make is Only in My Head, the group's agenda is more explicit. Titles such as "I Saw the Future Going Downtown" and "Minimal" revealed the band's predilection for modernism passed down from Cabaret Voltaire, David Bowie and Brian Eno, Joy Division and Gary Numan. Reverb-crusted rhythm meets trial-and-error throb as concise drums, guitar clang, sequencer-free wheezing and squiggly analog synth forcefully weld gritty jitters to linear momentum.

The band's self-hewn label, Cracked Egg best sums up its manifesto: "When you set out in music, you have an idea in its most revolutionary and interesting form in your head," says Noel. "It has no limitations. Then you have to execute it — record — it goes through all these filters and ultimately you feel a little frustrated because exactly what you want is only in your head. Working with these ideas and marrying them to your intended images is like handling this fragile life that's always on the brink of cracking and oozing. Therefore, Cracked Egg."

Cracked Egg's first release is IASGITM's Silver Dust in the Funk Age, a refinement of the group's prismatic twitch. Like a subway train running on time, but caked with more graffiti each pass, IASGITM furthers a heritage of puckish anarchy.

I Almost Saw God in the Metro plays the Earl Sat., May 22. 9:30 p.m. $8.