Maybe it was always there right beneath the surface, maybe it was just disconnected, but the all ages scene in ICT is undoubtedly here, and what’s coming out of it completely rules. Last night the Walnut Street Gallery, hosted their first event in seven years. In 2007 the gallery /...
RAW SPACE (MN) | LIVING GHOST | DOMESTIC DRONE
Every year I overbook ICT FEST knowing a few bands will drop off, but one that was a huge bummer to me personally was RAW SPACE, Pete Biasi’s (Signal to Trust, Low Forms, Total Fucking Blood) most recent project. I am EXTREMELY stoked to say that he is making up...
ICT FEST 2015 PHOTOS BY BRITTANY HAMILTON
Slyly meandering from complex and offbeat buildups to soaring post-rock interludes, Fairness draws the listener into an ultimately contemplative musical experience. The Wichita four-piece favors variety and experimentation, allowing songs to blend frenzied parts with hypnotizing instrumentation. CATCH FAIRNESS TONIGHT AT 10PM! by Thea Pajunen Vol. 1 by Fairness
The first word that comes to mind upon listening to Major Games’ 2015 self-titled full length LP is dynamic. Each song is layered richly with skillful precision, the album oscillates from psych-tinged shoegaze to moodier alternative rock to groove-laden, more unpredictable tracks. Topped with equally versatile vocals, Major Games cover...
Maybe it was always there right beneath the surface, maybe it was just disconnected, but the all ages scene in ICT is undoubtedly here, and what’s coming out of it completely rules. Last night the Walnut Street Gallery, hosted their first event in seven years. In 2007 the gallery / event space hosted both Murder By Death and Ian Mackaye’s The Evens. So what happened? Apparently, no one asked to do shows there in all that time. Everyone got comfortable doing shows at bars, and everyone under 21 during that time missed out on several hundred extraordinary and inspiring shows.
So here’s the thing. Music, like any art, suffers in a vacuum. If you haven’t stood toe-to-toe with your hero, seen her equipment, felt the vibration coming from the amps, witnessed the emotion in every cell of the band’s collective being while they play the song that means so much to YOU, and then talked to them after the show–you haven’t had the experience that drives so many of us into our basements and garages every night to obsessively do the work to find the sound that means so much to US. Put it this way–its super hard to make excellent music without first witnessing excellent music. And without a place to play your music in front of friends and strangers, the whole thing gets a different feel. And not a good one. Things fizzle out, fade. And thats what happened. Thats what shouldn’t happen in Wichita anymore.
Thanks to a grip of brave souls risking the wrath of cops and putting on house shows, to a handful of shops like The Donut Whole and R Coffee House allowing people to get in there and share what they have to share and experience the magic of live music, something is starting to happen. The groundswell is coming back. All ages means something in ICT. There are now a shitload of young bands that totally rip that you should go see. Does your band play exclusively bars? Change that! Find a band that can’t play a bar and ask them to play a show, and ask them where they want to do it. Teach them what you know about gear, promotion, making records. Invite them into your studio to record, collaborate with them. This is a community, embrace it. Watch it grow. Have fun.
Every year I overbook ICT FEST knowing a few bands will drop off, but one that was a huge bummer to me personally was RAW SPACE, Pete Biasi’s (Signal to Trust, Low Forms, Total Fucking Blood) most recent project.
I am EXTREMELY stoked to say that he is making up for it by coming back on December 5th, and will be playing with Living Ghost and Domestic Drone at the Fairview Palace!
Put it on your calendar, a night not to miss. All ages, bring tips, buy tapes.
ALL AGES // TIP$$ // BRING YOUR FRIENDS // SEND INVITES
RAW SPACE (MN) – Pete Biasi (Signal to Trust, Low Forms, Total Fucking Blood)
LIVING GHOST – HEAVY / LOUD / EXPERIMENTAL / CRUSHING / REAL
Slyly meandering from complex and offbeat buildups to soaring post-rock interludes, Fairness draws the listener into an ultimately contemplative musical experience. The Wichita four-piece favors variety and experimentation, allowing songs to blend frenzied parts with hypnotizing instrumentation.
The first word that comes to mind upon listening to Major Games’ 2015 self-titled full length LP is dynamic. Each song is layered richly with skillful precision, the album oscillates from psych-tinged shoegaze to moodier alternative rock to groove-laden, more unpredictable tracks. Topped with equally versatile vocals, Major Games cover varied territory deftly to create a cohesive, atmospheric record whose layers reveal themselves with each repeat listen.
Hear Major Games at ICT FEST 2015 Friday September 4 at 10pm!
Local label THIS AIN’T HEAVEN RECORDING CONCERN, owned and operated by ICT FEST founder Daniel Davis, has surpassed 100 releases in the 2 1/2 years of the label’s existence. One of the things I love about my friend Dan is that he is always thinking, and always looking for real shit happening in ICT and around the world. The result of all those thoughts is that over the next year TAHRC will launch a publishing arm, and connected to that will be quarterly label showcases, featuring bands who have current and upcoming releases on the label, plus artists, writers, filmmakers, and anyone who is making something worth looking at.
I was honored when Dan asked me to curate the first event, and I’ve put together something I’m really proud of. In collaboration with TAHRC, we’re pleased to bring you LIVING GHOST, RAW SPACE (who will be on tour in support of a new cassette via TAHRC that will be announced in the next couple of weeks), DOMESTIC DRONE, FRANCIS MOSS and SLIME FLOWER. There will be artwork in the gallery from ARMANDO MINJAREZ, HUGO ZELADA-ROMERO and MEGAN ST. CLAIR, some films will be screened by the BLUME BROTHERS (Ian and Seth) and their SPAGHETTI PARTY film collective, and there will be some short literature readings by TROY JAMES WEAVER (the co-founder of the new publishing branch of the label, TAHPC) and DAVEY MCCLAIN.
SAT DEC 5
WALNUT ST. GALLERY 112 S. Walnut (One block south of Douglas in Delano)
ALL AGES // $5 // BRING YOUR FRIENDS
Here’s the FB event with details on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517409558552168/
THE WALNUT STREET GALLERY which has hosted so many excellent ALL AGES shows in the past is opening its doors again for the album release party of the most choice TWIN CITIES. Also joined by young rippers KILL VARGAS and the pristine dreamy indie pop POSTBOY.
ALL AGES // $3 // 7:30 // NOV 6
112 S Walnut, Wichita KS in Delano
It seems like the last few years there have been an increasing number of completely excellent shows, so much to the point that I sometimes I have to stop and wonder if the music is really getting better or if I suddenly just started liking everything I hear. I’m pretty sure there are just a lot of killer bands out there, and I’m pretty sure tonight is going to be another one of those magical nights where I experience something my brain and heart can hardly handle. I rarely say ‘don’t fuck up by missing this show!’ but seriously,
DON’T FUCK UP BY MISSING THIS SHOW.
Tonight at Kirbys B. Store. The best possible of times, for the sweet sweet price of $$$tip$$$.
SUNDAY NIGHT FUN NIGHT!
10PM // TIP$ // BRING FRIENDS!
CHRISTIAN DIOR (MADISON)
FLOWER OF FLESH AND BLOOD
Madison duo Christian Dior works in a grimy blur of immediacy, swinging from shoegaze tenderness to snide punk outbursts on the new Patriot Glass/Dioria tape. Each side has only three tracks but functions as its own separate EP, one produced by guitarist/vocalist Spencer Bible and the other by drummer Mike Pellino. While the whole tape’s an admittedly lo-fi, that doesn’t mean production was an afterthought: “Iodine,” on Pellino’s more layered, digitally produced side, builds its melody through quiet, morose swells and a restrained vocal from Bible, whereas “Tarsands,” on Bible’s side, uses a stripped-down, one take approach to create a sense of nullifying claustrophobia.
Kid Congo Powers
Ex guitarist for The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Gun Club.
Charlie Megira charliemegira.bandcamp.com
Domestic Drone domesticdrone.bandcamp.com
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
Waking from a nap in the swamps of outer space, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ride a geisterbahn into the hypnagogic, a place between sleep and consciousness also known as the “Haunted Head”. “Haunted Head” is the third LP Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds has oozed out for In The Red Records. Legendary guitar stylist Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and long time cohorts, bassist Kiki Solis (Knife In The Water), drummer Ron Miller (Up The Academy), and guitarist Jesse Roberts (Sandrider, The Ruby Doe) take matters into their own mitts by having Jesse engineer and Ron mix the record at the now well-known Harveyville Project High School in Kansas. “Haunted Head” reflects the band at its purest distillation. The Pink Monkey Birds create a cocktail of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats, soulful strut bass lines, and sonic ambrosia from beyond. The trip of your dreams includes the “cheap and tawdry” in a tribute to dearly departed actress Susan Tyrell (“Su Su”), the morphing of Jerry Lee Lewis with Phyllis Diller (“Killer Diller”) and the plain ol’ insanity of romantic love (“Dance Me Swamply”). The band will also tell you how they LIKE “the mondos and the cholos and the weirdos and he freaks” on the rollicking track “Let’s Go!” and how they DON’T LIKE “neocons in square back suits” and “throwing up in a dirty phone booth “ on the punky proclamation “I Don’t Like”. I mean, who does? In the title ballad “Haunted Head”, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds ask the listener “What’s inside your Haunted Head? Are you alive or are you dead? Are you kissing and a huggin? Are you pushin’ and a shoving? “. Perhaps only in dreams could you answer such a question.