“Sierra Nevada,” from Chicago’s ZKPR, practically lumbers: the guitars are pitched way, way down and caked with dirt, and the rhythm is almost all rumble. They counter, though, with vocals that arc high — skyscraping and bell clear. That tension powers the song; there’s ballast to be sure, but also ecstasy and release. The group — their name is a shortened version of “Zookeeper,” chosen when they discovered one another’s affinity for bands with animal names — writes songs that feel like fists, one mighty wallop after another.
ZKPR’s Tall Men With Feelings will be released on December 9.