by Matthew Clagg
Bummer of Kansas City is a twenty foot tall enclosure of sonic dissonance that you couldn’t get out of if you wanted to, but you don’t want to. Mike Gustafson’s chunky-as-possible bass cuts a rhythm into a snarling and whining guitar noise played by Matt Perrin who shreds as though his life depends on it. Sam Hutchinson pounds out sharp and deep and blistering beats, the kind of drumming that makes you think of the caves in the middle of an endless night, and it drives everything forward at a pace that doesn’t let you pause to realize just how heavy this shit is, then everything lets up and your mind briefly understands that there is a diffrence between silence and noise before the next heavy, shredding, pulsing beat begins. Bummer will blast your heart in half while you stand nodding and smiling from ear to ear.
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Ahh, Fairness. Fairness is the type of band that literally does get better every single time you see them. It can be hard to get the band itself to admit that, but that just makes me think that the more time I personally hear it and the more entrenched in their sway between lush melodies and aggressive sharp rhythms the more joy my mind gets from it. Jesse McConnell plays radiant, arching post rock washes of sound. Wichita’s rhythm section, Alec Jahn and Weston Townsley, keep their custom of impossibly good, deep cutting, staccato rhythms that keep the sound tight and the pace exhilarating. Frank Bravo’s guitar phases between needly tapping, tremolo surfing, and oceanic waves of color and texture. Put simply, this band fully rips and you should see them as soon as possible.
Doug Lynn’s solo loop pedal super project Filius Sol is a series of catchy, lovable, jammy tunes that build methodically as Doug creates looped parts that piece together to creating a full band sound from bass to shrill guitar solo, perfectly paced for his low, slow, careful vocals that show poetry and craft. Doug is a tone detective, and has carefully created songs that slowly build but quickly carry you away into his world, where everything happens at once and then just as quickly fades into chaotic noise, and then silence. Doug’s most recent set of songs clearly show a musician who is mastering his insturment, and listening deeply to the sound of the world.
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