Archive for December, 2013

Performed December 14, 2013 at Harling’s in Kansas City, Missouri

Bummer 12/14/13

Bummer; Underage overdrive. Photo by Andrew Erdrich

Finding a few minors amidst the crowd at Harling’s is to be expected. The bar does hold a certain reputation, but perhaps that’s all changing. The doorman is now checking ID’s and taking money, the main hookup Derrick has moved on to be a butcher’s apprentice, the bubbling paint on the ceiling is seemingly repaired, and there’s a new “talent up-charge” for drinks on show nights. Yet last Saturday I stood witness to Bummer, a three piece fresh outta high school, pummeling an audience mostly ten years their senior. Maybe Harling’s hasn’t changed that much.

This was the first time I had actually listened to Bummer and frankly I was impressed. Sure, they may be a reboot of dissonant hard rock from the 90’s, but they’re still young, they can evolve. Besides, some people (like yours truly) still like that sort of thing. I also admire the way they shamelessly lay their influences out in the open by covering The Jesus Lizard’s “Seasick,” or running through a few measures of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” They clearly acknowledge their lineage. These guys are no slouches either; Bummers show at Harling’s followed an earlier show at The Dollhouse. Let’s hope college doesn’t break up the band.

-AWE

Listen to Bummers set now with the embed below (21:50)

Listen to Bummer’s set later, with tracks already separated, by clicking the mediafire link below

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/jc0w14394b7pk//Bummer

Set List for Bummer

1. Infinite Witches

2. Good News (2:00)

3. Estocata (4:26)

4. Dude Baby (9:01)

5. Dorm Water (12:42)

6. Seasick [The Jesus Lizard] (16:37)

7. Sports (19:42)

For More Bummer Click the Link Below

https://www.facebook.com/BummerKC

http://bummerkc.bandcamp.com/

Thanks to the young men of Bummer for allowing me to record their set. They are scarce on physical media, but you can still support them by going to their shows, liking their facebook page, or forking over some cash for digital downloads on their bandcamp site. Thanks to you readers for staying with me. This will most likely be the last post until the new year as I am away on holiday. As always, your shares, subscribes, comments, likes, and continued readership are always appreciated. Have a great holiday!

Performed November 23, 2013 at FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas

Another night at FOKL. It’s cold inside and out, but the turnout is decent. Most people are hanging out in the foyer recently turned smoking lobby, or milling about the show floor waiting for the change over. The show was billed as a fundraiser for Kansas City’s independent theater the Tivoli. “GO DIGITAL OR GO DARK…SAVE THE TIVOLI,” exclaims the hand bill. While I doubt the amount of money raised could be anything but marginal, it remains a kind gesture from one community minded organization to another.

On the flip side, music-for-the-cause doesn’t seem to fit the HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC aesthetic. Their new industrial, ALL CAPS, cyber goth doesn’t exactly scream charity, yet there they are. If the gamble was to find an electronic band that had a draw, then it may have paid off. HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC has managed to endear themselves to the morbidly inclined of Kansas City while entering into the normal rotation of the local underground. Their sets are aggressive, dark, and loud. Vocals are buried beneath a digital din, while audio collages recorded onto cassette segue one song into another. Their FOKL showing didn’t deviate from this formula.

Like Metatone, HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC occupies a niche more or less unclaimed by other KC bands. This could help them to stand out, but it could also typecast them. I understand the need for an aesthetic. It helps contextualize the music, create an environment, and even align the band to certain musical trends. It’s part of the whole package. In many ways HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC‘s image is complete and cohesive, from their clothes, song titles, and even their band name. Again, the risk is that this image could become a limiting factor which would relegate HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC into the category of novelty. Time will tell.

-AWE

Listen to HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFICs set now with the embed below (27:58)

Listen to HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC’s set later, with tracks already separated, by clicking the mediafire link below

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/rzz51wjnupqh5/

Set List for HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC

1. WIDOW MAKER

2. TURBO SLUT (5:01)

3. EATING PATTERN (8:42)

4. BLOOD ORPHAN (14:43)

5.  FVTVREPVNK (19:15)

6. GOTH RAVE (24:15)

For More HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC Click the Link Below

http://humantraffic.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HUMANxTRAFFIC

Although this recording was initially made without permission, the crew of HŮMΔN ŦRΔFFIC has since graciously sanctioned it. Show your support for their music by visiting their various web pages and liking their facebook page. If you think this blog is worth chattering about then kindly share it, subscribe to it, leave some comments, and keep reading. You can also like and follow the facebook page (located at  https://www.facebook.com/bigurges) for more bonus material and update notifications!