Posts Tagged ‘Punk’

Performed February 2, 2016 at Snake Tank in Kansas City, Missouri


The members of SODA performing in the red light of the Snake Tank

SODA is a trio of Floridians based in Gainsville who entreat their audiences to a slack yet coarse mixture of punk rock. Steeped as it is in intermittently abrasive and/or catchy mid-tempo tunes, I would hesitate to call their music gravy-esque. However, that tinge of swampiness may come from some deeply engrained and still thriving southern love of country music. For us Midwest folk (or maybe just me) it can be easy to forget Florida is a part of “The South”, it seems so much like it’s own sovereign nation (re: Texas). Dare I invoke the perennial name of the Florida Man?

Despite their roots, each member appears to have been successful at dressing appropriately for the season. In their hardy little Subaru station wagon they rode the coattails of the recent, massive snowstorm up the east coast, playing to audience members who had not had the luxury of being able to leave their homes for a few days. Trekking towards their turnaround point in Tulsa, they landed in KC on day 12 of a nearly 3 week tour. Their 15 minute set at the underground Snake Tank prompted the cry for an encore, and, with minimal heckling, they obliged.

All this fuss and meteorological daring is in support of their newest vinyl EP, Without A Head, released January 15th on Parquet Courts‘ label Dull Tools, and engineered by Jonathan Nuñez of Torche. Though SODA singer and guitarist Arlington Garrett III may be old buds with Parquet Courts’ front man Andrew Savage, this small bit of nepotism does not tarnish what is, in fact, a very good EP. SODA‘s only lineup consists of Garrett alongside the bass and vocals of Lara Lookabaugh and the drums of Meredith Kite.

SODA was supported by the now-crucial-KC-punk outfit Phantom Head and Warm Bodies, who played their first gig for the occasion. I can’t wait to see the next one.


Listen to SODA’s set now with the embed below (20:29)

Or listen to SODA‘s set later, with tracks titled and separated, by clicking the mediafire link below

Setlist for SODA

1. New Trash

2. Janie Juicehead (2:30)

3. Blonde On Blonde (4:30)

4. Parking Lot (8:37)

5. Know How (11:20)

6. Chasin’ Tail (13:20)

7. “One More Song” (17:12)

8. Plucking Hairs [Encore] (18:04)

Click the link below to hear more music by SODA

Click the link below to buy SODA’s newest EP, Without A Head, from Dull Tools

Editor’s note:

Long time friends Lara and Meredith also sometimes run a podcast together called Female Trouble, that podcast can be heard below 

Thanks to the crew of Snake Tank, all the members of SODA, Phantom Head, and Warm Bodies for making this show possible. Thanks to SODA again for giving me the permission to publish this post. Thanks to everyone that came and bought merchandise and paid door cover, you keep the dream alive. If you weren’t able to make it or didn’t have the scratch to buy anything at the show visit Dull Tools‘ bandcamp site and pick up SODA‘s new EP, Without A Head. 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,, for more bonus material. Cheers!

Performed January 8, 2014 at Art Closet Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

All Blood Ringmaster Jonathan Brokaw; Photo By Brock Hildebrandt

All Blood Ringmaster Jonathan Brokaw; Photo By Brock Hildebrandt

Art Closet Studios is the awkward niche carved out of the backside of Open Fire Pizza. It earns points as a centrally located all ages venue (features that are ever in demand), but for the most part the space is bare bones. There’s a basic-but-adequate PA system, the door man was hand-picked from the crowd, and there’s a total absence of any sort of climate control. Around the room space is occupied by in-process artist works encircling a concrete pad. The performance area is marked by a helter skelter backdrop of mixed media that leaves one questioning whether it is in fact a finished stage setting or a neglected project made into an ersatz substitute.

Alongside such trappings typical of a house venue comes the baggage of a more legal public event space; it’s an alcohol and drug free zone, door money is split a dozen ways, and they close down early. In practice, the venue stayed open as long as necessary and the localized prohibition was largely a facade. Many attendees fearlessly or carelessly drank openly. Maybe the restaurant couldn’t divert one of their employees to chaperone for the evening? Furthermore, despite the math-magical purgatory that is payout, touring band Idaho Green did alright.

All Blood played in the middle of a packed billing that showcased two other local bands alongside two touring acts. Initially a solo project created and nurtured by KC native Jonathan Brokaw (aka JB), All Blood has expanded to four members. These extra hands and voices belong to familiar faces. Zach Campbell on drums also plays for Mouthbreathers, Justin Baird on keys and guitar has spent time in Whyte Bitch as well as The Conquerors, and Zach Turner on bass has played in Folkicide and worked solo as Puffs Or Plumes.

While on his own JB has written, produced, and released numerous recordings including last year’s highly favorable Someone Else’s Ocean, but with the new troops the All Blood live experience has noticeably expanded. Shows are bigger and louder, the songs are catchier, and JB seems more coherent and sober. During instances where other members would spearhead vocal duties, such as Zach Campbell taking the lead on Hippie Drugs, All Blood seemed less like JB’s brainchild and more like a collective effort. This is a good thing and the fact that the entire band continues to perform together indicates they are self aware of this improvement.

As long as bands like All Blood continue to perform at Art Closet minors and underagers will keep showing up,  but before you decide to attend a show keep in mind the music and arcade far outclass the art and the pizza.


Listen to All Blood’s set now with the embed below (25:39)

Listen to All Bloods set later, tracks currently uncut, with the mediafire download below

Set List for All Blood

1. Now I Am The Devil

2. Hippie Drugs (3:37)

3. Object Destroyer (6:30)

4. Action/Reaction (9:04)

5. Feral castle (11:25)

6. She’s In The Air (12:48)

7. Sweet Ass Dank (16:50)

8. Triumph Of Your Cool (19:18)

9. Queen Twerp (22:24)

10. Casino (25:07)

For more All Blood click the link below

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