WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: SIN LENGUA

Watching Sin Lengua will overload your brain if you try to focus on everything happening on stage at once. The brutally fast and supremely precise drumming of Skylar Marshall(Pink Mister, Self Mutilator, Low Oriole, Hosmer) paired with the speed-shredding of Johnny Chucho (Ghost Town Strays) and the harsh upon harsh vocals of Brandon Adams (Hosmer) create not just a wall of sound but a tidal wave that sucks you in and hold you in its grip until the crushing gravity of the song expires itself, usually within two minutes or less.

Sin Lengua is one of those bands that you at first think you can put in a box and put a label on, but a few seconds later the label starts melting, catches on fire, and burns the box to the ground. The creativity of these three collaborators has led to a truly one of a kind sound that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of taste or style due the quality, originality, and craftsmanship they have put into developing their songs.

To put it plainly, it’s just GOOD. Extremely good. Made over long hours with extraordinary attention to detail, exploring ideas and sounds that all three are deeply concerned with. Catch them as soon as possible. Every show is bound to be better than the last, and you don’t want to miss a single one.

See them FRIDAY SEP 2 at ICT FEST 2016
ictfest.com/schedule

WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: STANDING IN THE COLOUR “SINGULARITY”

Standing In The Color – Singularity

Post-rock, instrumental, experimental, prog-rock, from Wichita, KS

The first thing I noticed about Singularity was the extraordinary musicianship. Standing In The Color has been around for six years now, and you can hear every bit of the time they’ve spent fine tuning their sound in this record. Songs build by setting up patterns, adding layers of complex nuances when a sudden small change in rhythm will lead to a whole new dimension of sound. The recording is extraordinarily precise, the drumming is heavy but crystalline, the bass is a massive constant driving tone, and the guitar runs frantically through a cascade of sounds throughout the ten tracks.

Listening to the album feels like traveling through space in a fully realized ship. Every detail has been considered and polished; honed until every note is perfectly placed.

Tempos remain driving and singularly focused throughout the record. There is a destination leading from front to back, and nothing turns the ship off course. The title reveals it all. It’s a straight dive out of the earth and into the heart of a black hole. Ten tracks of the path leading to the moment when the universe compresses in on itself and time stops.

Listen to the single ’25’, and catch them Saturday at Barleycorn’s for the cd release show.

ALBUM REVIEW: Sun&Stone – Elephant’s Eye

by Ben Chambers

Band: Sun & Stone

Album: Elephants Eye (2016)

Genre: Psychedelic / Blues / Rock / Progressive / Experimental
City: Wichita, Ks
Stand Out Track(s): Dooms A Daisy / Dagger Doom And Doubt

Something that impresses me about this band is how well they work together. Nothing seems to overpower the rest of the band. Each instrument is busy in its own way but its never too much. There is something I’ve noticed with bands, there is always the conflict of ego. For example: the bass is too loud/busy and takes away from the guitar, or the guitar is constantly trying to overpower the singer etc., but i don’t hear any of that at all. Yet they all seem to add their own voice. I find myself engulfed and completely lost inside the music. There is so much going on, without being too much.
Their opening track “Dooms A Daisy” has a very Tool-esq vibe to it, but also completely different. The percussion is fantastic. Tasty fills, but not to symbol-y. The verse features mostly drums and bass, but there is a shaker as well – a small but perfect touch. In Daggers Doom And Doubt there is a small chime and harmonica (it might be a guitar effect) that is so subtle, but done so perfectly, but then the whole band sustains for a brief moment with such a vibrant and full sound. Bliss. Additional tambourine in certain areas.

Often times i feel blues can be too repetitive, but this is such a uniquely different spin with a psychedelic sound and Progressive outline, with countless percussion subtleties; it never gets too heavy or fast. They keep a tempo that makes it easy to listen to, but “get-into-it” enough that the songs builds and climaxes.

The artwork is also extremely well done. makes me think of Cowboy Beebop or Trigun (anime) i can listen to the whole album and visualize the artwork telling me a story, like directing a music video in your head.

Now Available:
Spektrum Muzik
Sun&Stone Bandcamp

Catch Sun&Stone live at Wichita Psych Fest 2016!

Young Punk Takeover

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

-mason monigold