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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.


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

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)

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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 May 29, 2013 at Harling’s, Kansas City, MO

It’s significant when two touring bands show up to a sleezy KC dive bar in the middle of a May rainstorm, still manage to make some money, and play to 60 plus people. Maybe it means the local openers Sneaky Creeps and Meat Mist can draw a crowd, the flyering and social media promotion worked, or Harling’s is very, very well loved? It is definitely evidence that the KC community will support smaller, alternative touring acts if given the right conditions.

By most anyone’s standards The Funeral And The Twilight (TFATT for short) are not a pop group. Their sounds and themes point towards a kind of satanism, or at the very least a deeply macabre cynicism. This “dark” asssociation is why when they manage to coerce nearly $70 in donations from the crowd and sell a bit of merch, I consider it a fairly astounding feat. Chances are, if KC can maintain a habit of making bands feel welcomed, like The Funeral And The Twilight, then more bands will want to play here. This not only means more shows, but potential for better, bigger shows.

TFATT themselves are a Minneapolis three piece comprised of Benjamin Jones on guitar and vocals, Noah Schafer on bass, and Brandon Keegan on drums. I have never seen any of these guys wear anything but black, and with the exception of Brandon, everyone has a gigantic beard. They came to KC with another group, Dusty Santamaria And The Singing Knives, from Portland. TFATT was driving them around on their tour and KC was their last stop before heading back to Portland, while TFATT went back to Minnesota. While the comparisons may be easier to draw from recordings, it was harder for me to find the ties between Dusty and TFATT. Dusty seemed like a performer, a professional musician trying to make a name or something, and sometimes the act came off a little forced. TFATT however seemed to just want to bury you alive. What always seems to surprise me are their longer passages of unaccompanied instrumentation. I say this because Benjamin strikes me as the type of front man that puts a lot of care and thought into his lyrics, so I automatically assume he wants to employ them as much as possible. Fortunately TFATT is not above pulling away from  morose singer/songwriter posturing in order to melt a few faces. Oh, they also “punk” as well as the rest of them.


Listen to TFATT’s set now with the embed below (23:43)

Listen to TFATT’s set later with tracks already separated with the mediafire download below

Set List for The Funeral And The Twilight

1. Crusaders Of Death

2. Church Burner (1:30)

3. Sabina Isabella Pena (6:30)

4. Human King (9:55)

5. Salacity Pure (11:40)

6. Speak It’s Name (12:14)

7. Wipe The Blood (13:25)

8. Make This Man (17:09)

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These recordings were posted with the permission of the gentlemen in The Funeral And The Twilight. If you enjoy their music and my shitty recording of it then show your support by buying some of their stuff and subscribing to Big Urges.