From what remains of the all-ages scene in Wichita, two badass punk bands, Kill Vargas and Slime Flower, have emerged to remind everyone that you don’t need to be old enough to get into a bar to rock and roll and melt peoples faces.
Kill Vargas is punk of the pop variety, but you can hear a wide range of influences driving the music that keep it from feeling prepackaged or fake. I saw them at the LuLu Temple of Doom last month with the Serpent Overlord, Bastard Glow, and the Earth Dies Screaming and they definitely held their own. The vocals, more often than not, owe an obvious debt to Billie Joe Armstrong, but can easily veer off into Sex Pistols territory and beyond. The drums and bass bring it hard, but with Nirvana-esque intensity/volume drops that lull you back into a song only to burst back with a primitive garage rock stomp or classic punk rhythm. Kill Vargas talk a lot about riffs, and interestingly, the bass seems to take the load of the riffage responsibilities in the band. The guitar is definitely a presence but is sometimes meandering and thin, filling in the top end of the bands sonic space but only occasionally shining through. The most important thing I can tell you about Kill Vargas is that these boys are in it 100%. There is hardly a moment in the show where the teenage energy isn’t coming through not only in the music but in the gyrating, head banging, and general punk-rock-style-body-moving (lol) that brings to mind the on stage antics of the Blind Shake. These dudes obviously care about their music – and the awesome songs they’re putting out make it easy to care right along with them. Should you go see Kill Vargas? Yes! Today at 5pm at ICT Fest!
Slime Flower, who played the opening night of ICT Fest, are more of a garage punk/shitgaze band. Not nearly as tightly honed as the pop-punk of Kill Vargas, Slime Flower’s more primal delivery manages to become the musical embodiment of the raging teenage hormones that punk aspires to. Probably because they aren’t trying for it, they’re just living it. The guitar is featured instrument in this band, from big chugging power chords while the bass is riffing, to crazy angular solos equal parts beautiful and dissonant. The bass playing is increasingly more solid with every performance and never fails to get the job done. Not every drum fill, at the moment, seems to start or end exactly as planned but that just makes it sound that much sweeter when they really nail it. In a genre where exactitude can threaten to kill the soul of the music, Slime Flower are riding the wave of imperfection into the hearts of everybody that sees them. Cath their awesome, perfect, and totally botched take on the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Keep your eye out for show announcements from both bands and be sure to catch Kill Vargas today next to the the Skate Park at 5pm for ICT Fest!
For more info check: https://www.facebook.com/KillVargas and https://www.facebook.com/slimeflower
So what do you do when a major electrical crisis happens at your venue the day before the event you’ve spent a year planning? KEEP HAVING FUN.
Bad news came and we got to work, and thanks to a bunch of awesome people in Wichita ICT FEST will rage on!
TODAY THURSDAY Sep 4th. will be held at LUCKY’S EVERYDAY. They tried to do an a special all ages tonight for us, but the man said no. WE ARE SO SORRY! (Seriously, 90% of the effort put into the fest is BECAUSE its all ages, so this is a huge bummer. But everyone over 21+ COME OUT TO LUCKY’S! (also no one is going to tell you to not stand outside the fence so…)
FRIDAY SEP. 5 and SATURDAY SEP 6 will be held at 622 S Commerce across the street from the Commerce District skate park, so bring your board.
Fun will be had, jams will be heard. Bring some shade and chairs. See you tonight Wichita!
$12 / day or $20 for the weekend.
9/4/14 Thursday – 10 bands
8pm: Wonder Revolution
9pm: Slime Flower
9:30pm: Domestic Drone
10pm: The Travel Guide
10:30pm Faux Reality
9/5/14 Friday – 12 bands
5:30pm: Ryan Windham
6:30pm: The Serpent Overlord
7pm: Soleb Theory
7:30pm: Brother Rabbit
8:30pm: Living Ghost
9pm: Josh Huber
9:30pm: Hwy Lions
10:30pm:Truck or Dead Horse
11pm: CJ Boyd
12:15pm: The Blind Shake
9/6/14 Saturday – 16 bands
4pm: Evasive Flowers
4:30pm: Kill Vargas
5pm: Deathblack Flowers
5:30pm: Mr. and the Mrs.
6pm: Cy J. Hamilton
7pm: Twin Cities
7:30pm: Money Badger
8pm: Expo 70
8:30pm: American Cream
9pm: Animal Lover
9:30pm: Foul Tip!
11pm: Dead Rider
FREE WITH WRISTBAND:
After party at Lucky’s Everyday: Flower of Flesh and Blood + The Ghouled’s DJ Goth Dance Party!
LINEUP + SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Minneapolis riff-scientists The Blind Shake have been troweling out detuned psych-noise
for a poor man’s decade. Known for murderous live sets and polite post-show interactions, the trio has gained the respect of dive bar owners, bookies, clergy, and no-name snitches nationwide. They have collaborated with psychedelic legend Michael Yonkers as well as downstroke warrior John Reis.
Reviler Review of “Key to a False Door”
The Dull Drums are simply one of the best contemporary psych bands and you WILL shake your ass as their primal psych-soul riffs expand your mind. It is impossible to stand still while these Tulsa, OK rockers bombard you with their catchy (but unpredictable) fuzzed out tunes. Their 2012 debut release, “SKIN YOU ALIVE,” offers some evidence of their power and skill but, as anyone who caught them at Kirby’s or Love Garden in Lawrence will testify, their masterful live performances will make you ask why they aren’t coheadlining shows with the likes of Dead Meadow and the Black Angels.
If David Lynch and Phil Spector had produced a sparse sunshine-pop female-duo for inclusion on the C86 tape – then we wouldn’t need the Daddyo’s. Their well recieved debut album, “It’s A Tough World Out There For A Lonely Girl,” recalls both the haunting sweetness of early Camera Obscura and the psych-folk intensity of Ty Segall.
The Daddyo’s are an up and coming part of Tulsa’s rich garage and psych-rock scene and recently played in Austin during SXSW.
The Escatones are supposedly a psychedelic-surf/garage rock band – but don’t expect a farfisa organ or strobe light timed to the tremolo pedal. The Escatones choose artistry over artifice 100% of the time. They draw on a wide range of influences that lets them ride a fresher wave than most neo-psych bands and garage/surf revivalists without straying far from the roots of the genre.
A band with their killer chops and damn good songs has no real need for live gimmicks, but that doesn’t stop the Escatones from regularly stripping down for a mid-performance dance party as you may have seen at their local Kirby’s and Eagles Lodge shows. The Escatones have put out a steady stream of solid records on the Artificial Head label. “So Long, Norman” is their latest release.
Thanks to all of the bands, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees of ICT FEST 2013. We can’t thank you enough for making all of this possible. Let’s keep having fun, and keep making fun happen.
Birthday Suits made their first visit to Wichita this last March with a stop at Lucky’s on their way to SxSW in Austin, Texas. The crowd that was lucky enough to make it to that first show was met with a dynamic range of punk, garage, and noisy rock from these two Japanese friends from Minneapolis.
After playing in punk band Sweet J.A.P., drummer Yuichiro Matthew Kazama and guitarist Hideo Takahashi re-teamed for a smaller but no less dynamic project. Birthday Suits moves swiftly between pummeling walls of noise, straightforward rock hooks, and unpredictable tangents. This is short-attention-span music: If a riff doesn’t grab you, wait a few seconds. Thrashing opener “This Is A Song” ends with a few puffs on a harmonica and Takahashi’s nonchalant off-mic ba-ba-ba’s. “Lost Weekends,” a Ramones-like ode to having nothing to do, strolls in on a totally unrelated drumbeat and exits the same way.