Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City’

Performed February 13, 2014 at FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas

Front man Kevin Boyer with his worn axe, and drummer in mid beat; Photo by Brock Hildebrandt

Front man Kevin Boyer with his worn axe and drummer Beren Elkine in mid beat repping the Wipers; Photo by Brock Hildebrandt

The ever caustic yet catchy Tyvek played their first Kansas City venue since forming in Detroit way back in 2004. Over the years their ever changing lineup has featured as many as five members at once. However, for their appearance at FOKLTyvek performed as a three piece, arguably their point of irreducible complexity. Front-man and founder Kevin Boyer was joined by drummer Beren Elkine (Eat Skull, The Intelligence), and a bassist simply referred to as “Scott.”

Despite having never played KC, this isn’t Tyvek’s first visit to the area. They played Scion’s garage-rock fest in Lawrence a few years back, and have since returned to LFK to perform again. Typically a show such as this would default to Lawrence, but it seems FOKL‘s formula of budget friendly, all ages, BYOB events has been attracting more and more national mid-sized acts.

The crowd was sizable for a Thursday, but there was still plenty of room inside FOKL to find a private, dark corner. Tyvek’s 14 song set included tracks off all of their full lengths and spanned over 45 minutes. Some of their songs were by the book (such as Air Conditioner) while others were extended versions, maybe with another song mashed into the end (i.e. Returns running into Little Richard). One song, Underwater, featured a guitar rig malfunction caused by a stage climbing fan. Boyer, without missing a word, kept singing and managed to fix his dilemma in time for the solo. The end product is a good example of Tyvek’s adaptability. They took adversity and made it into something listenable. It’s most likely this sort of attitude that has allowed them to persist for over a decade with no signs of slowing down.

-AWE

 

Editor’s notes:

I am proud to say Kevin Boyer is planning on releasing Big Urges’ recording of Tyvek’s set as a “live at fokl” cassette! This sort of occasion is business as usual for the prolific musician, but a new precedent for the blog! Updates to come, as new information surfaces.

 

Listen to Tyveks set now with the embed below (45:30)

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

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/d3chxvdzxwwcv/Tyvek

 

Set List for Tyvek

1. Scaling

2. Stop Start (4:43)

3. City of a Dream (6:13)

4. Say Yeah–>Midwest Basements (7:24)

5. Air Conditioner (13:01)

6. Mary Ellen Claims (16:30)

7. Underwater (19:27)

8. Underwater To (22:07)

9. Returns–>Little Richard (28:03)

10. Give It Up (36:38)

11. Future Junk (40:54)

12. Sea Walls (43:00)

 

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Thank you to the members of Tyvek for allowing their performance to be recorded, and a double-thanks to them for their interest in issuing its release as a cassette! BigUrges.com will update when the tape drops. Until then, show your support for Tyvek by trucking over to their website and buying something. If you like this blog then kindly share it, subscribe to it, leave some comments, and keep reading. You can also like and follow the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bigurges, for more bonus material!

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!

Performed November 1, 2013 at FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas

Mike Donovan is best known as the front man of the recently defunct Sic Alps. Their final release, a single titled She’s On Top, came out a little more than six months ago in May. Wasting no time, Donovan dropped his first solo LP Wot in October on Drag City, and is currently on the road in support of the release.

Show time at FOKL began a little behind schedule as result of some late load in’s and the implementation of a common practice called “Waiting-for-more-people-to-show-up” (which they rarely do). It was just shy of midnight by the time Donovan took the stage and the crowd was thin. That’s hard luck in my opinion. A place like FOKL should be bustling at midnight on a Friday, but unfortunately the show was booked directly following Halloween. It’s likely most of the people who would attend such a show instead hit up any number of the midtown, spillover costume parties.

Mike Donovan’s set was modest, not just in terms of length, but in terms of sonic abrasion. The singer/songwriter aesthetic is a departure from many of Sic Alps’ more noisy recordings. At another glance though, Donovan’s current offerings aren’t too far from where he left off with Sic Alps. Don’t call it more of the same, call it a continuation.

-AWE

Listen to Mike Donovans set now with the embed below (31:09)

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

http://www.mediafire.com/folder/s3gp6hxrao2sz/Mike_Donovan

Set List for Mike Donovan

1. Do Do Ya?

2. MP3 Farm

3. R. Reg

4. The Kid

5. New Fieldhand Bop

6. Sic Ballad

7. Bloom

8. Untitled

For More Mike Donovan Click the Link Below

http://www.mikedonovanusa.com/

This recording was made with the permission of Mike Donovan. If you like his music then you should show your support by visiting his website and picking up his new LP Wot. If you like this blog 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!

Performed October 8, 2013 at FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas

IS/IS in Low Light on a Tuesday Night, Photo By Andrew Erdrich

IS/IS in Low Light on a Tuesday Night, Photo By Andrew Erdrich

If Mondays are bad, it’s because they’re followed by Tuesdays. Monday is the initial, shocking submergence into a freezing pond that is the work week, serving to numb your senses until you reach the weekend shore. Tuesday, however, is worse than that. It is droll, incessant, and does not bring cause for celebration such as Wednesday or “Hump Day,” but resignation that the grind will persist four days more. Tuesday is so insidious that Monday has become the scapegoat for the true evil that is acquiescence.

IS/IS was the weekend manifest on a Tuesday.

This washed out, femme powered, three piece consists of Sarah Rose (guitar and vocals), Sarah Nienaber (bass), and Ronnie Lee (drums). Okay, so Ronnie is a dude. Does that hurt the image? The coven may be broken but the band held together, and they seem to be doing alright. Their stop in Kansas City was the end of a first leg of shows following a recording session in the southwest. I’m guessing many of these new, as yet to be released tracks, were played during their set because I’ve had the damnedest time identifying them. From here they’re headed back home to Minneapolis for a show and brief respite before another two months or so of national touring. I predict they’ll be around for at least another big tour, and judging by the helluva-Tuesday-night-turn-out on the 8th, I assume they’ll be returning to Kansas City as well. Bravo all.

-AWE

Listen to IS/ISs set now with the embed below (32:13)

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

http://www.mediafire.com/folder/9o28pab3vzd7a/IS_IS

Set List for IS/IS

1. Unknown 1

2. Unknown 2 (2:35)

3. Unknown 3 (6:05)

4. Shine Down (9:13)

5. Unknown 4 (13:22)

6. Gleam (16:55)

7. Unknown 5 (21:05)

8. Unknown 6 (24:52)

9. Hunter (28:43)

For More IS/IS Click the Link Below

http://is-is.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/isisisaband

This recording was made and posted with permission of the very amiable members of IS/IS. If you like their music then you should show your support by visiting their website and buying some wares so maybe they can afford gas on their cross-country tour. If you like this blog then kindly share it, subscribe to it, leave some comments, and keep reading. Also, a facebook page for Big Urges has been recently created find it here at https://www.facebook.com/bigurges, so click it for more bonus material and like the page to help spread the word!