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.
ICT FEST 2016
TWO DAYS // 24 BANDS // INFINITE FUN
ALL AGES // BRING EVERYONE
$20 / WKND OR $12 / DAY
KIDS TWELEVE AND UNDER ARE FREE!
HOSTED BY WALNUT ST. GALLERY
112 S. WALNUT ST IN DELANO
MIDWEST DRUM AND PERCUSSION
PHIL UHLIK MUSIC
5:30 STEF CHURA
6:00 FILLIUS SOL
6:30 OLD MAN CREAKY BONES & THE ASTRAL PLANS WALKER
7:30 KILL IT WITH FIRE
8:00 DEAD SHOES
8:30 GNARLY DAVIDSON
9:00 SIN LENGUA
9:30 JESUS CHRIS AND THE BEETLES
10:00 MYSTERY BLOOD
11:00 J FERNANDEZ
11:30 KILL VARGAS
6:00 PALLET TOWN
6:30 REI CLONE
7:00 ARC FLASH
7:30 JORGE ARANA TRIO
8:00 CS LUXEM
8:30 ROBUST WORLDS
9:00 PSYCHIC HEAT
10:00 LIVING GHOST
10:30 AMERICAN CREAM
11:00 ANIMAL LOVER
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.
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/
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.
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!
6:30pm Yellow King
7:30pm Raunchy Dead
9pm Dead Shakes
9:30pm Filius Sol
5pm Semiotic Weapons
5:3pm Evasive Flowers
6:30pm Obsidian Sword
7:30pm The Great Plains
8pm CJ Boyd
9:30pm Living Ghost
10pm Major Games
10:30pm Kill Vargas
11pm Varma Cross
11:30pm mr. and the mrs.
12pm World Palestine
5:3pm Aksel Henderson
6pm Animal Parade
7:30pm Domestic Drone
8pm Young Readers
9:30pm Ebony Tusks (KC)
10:30pm Who and the Fucks
11pm New Wave Hookers
12pm DEAD SHAKES (TULSA)
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.
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.