Young Bull came up next to last in the night, but they didn’t hold any punches.
If I recall this was one of the Lawrence bands so they drew a large crowd at a Lawrence venue for one obvious reason. The other obvious reason was their music. While they categorize themselves at rock and roll they certain brought in other elements. Bringing in punk grit along with music texture Young Bull creates a sound that is powerful, melodic, and strongly enticing. Rich in tempo changes and syncopation the music barrages any listener with a sound that is frantic at times but methodically and melodically keep everything seemingly familiar. It was extreme but not overdone.
Keeping things extreme but not overdone was the way this band kept all aspects of their performance. While I found lots of the special effects tonight a bit gimmicky Young Bull made it work cohesively. There were times where the lead singer made a gesture and the lights would change color, and luckily it was a mood appropriate one. It added an emphasis to the song and, if it was gimmicky, didn’t seem like a blatant gimmick. The only issue I had were flashing strobe light effects, but that is more of a personal issue than anything else. They were also one of the few bands who bothered to introduce themselves that night. I’m not sure if it helped endear themselves to the audience, but it certainly helped endear them to me.
It was obvious Young Bull was one of the bands folks came to see. Right out of the gate people were bobbing and pogoing. It built up into a frenzy and a circle pit was attempted (but wasn’t fully realized). This band drew the love of the audience, and that was used advantageously. The audience was worked up into a frenzy to a point where they would do what Young Bull asked. If the band fistpumped, so did the audience. If the band chanted, so did the audience. The band drew the audience in and kept them locked.
Young Bull certainly lives up to their name. They have a powerful stage show and tenacity to match their music. It was certainly a welcome change and one met by the audience as well. After all that here’s my rating:
Audience Interaction- 3
Brownie Points- 0
Wow, I really got walloped by the showcase put on by The Company! I have some thoughts on it as a whole, but that will come after I put up all the reviews. Since I’ve got seven of them it’s gonna be a minute.
First up was the band Stone Grower. My amateur behind managed to be late, so I’m giving them some leeway. Despite my tardiness I am able to glean something from the band.
Stone Grower offered up a mix of psychedelic music and dynamic tempos. At times with the dynamic tempo and long drawn-out notes with some atonal singing were reminiscent of Iron Butterfly or Jefferson Airplane. There are lots of stoner metal elements too, but it mostly complimented the psychedelic themes in the music. This was further complimented by a mostly on key falsetto, though I’m not convinced that when the lead was off key if that was accidental. It was at least a throwback to earlier eras of psychedelic music.
If the music didn’t charm people the lead singer’s goofy antics certainly did. His enthusiasm is a welcome change with psychedelic music brought something with its off kilter antics that was at times enjoyable and at times made me question the lead singer’s sobriety. This was further questioned when it seemed like most of the time it was only the lead singer that enthusiastic and the others were either concentrating or seemingly elsewhere. I’m not certain the stage performance hindered it, based on how the audience responded.
Stone Grower took a minute to grow on the audience, but it did happen. Oddly enough it doesn’t seem to be releated to enthusiasm. It actually seems like the more about the music line up than anything else. There were a few more songs closer to the end of the set that seemed less psychedelic inspired than the rest, which seemed to work in their favor.
I think people who are in to psychedelic and stoner music will find Stoner Grower fun to watch and enjoy the music. They provide some entertaining stunts on stage for those not into that type of music so they can enjoy it too. With that said here’s the rating:
As most people are aware in the US June is Pride Month, a month where people of the LGBT+ community celebrate who they are. There are a lot of politics involved with both pride month and various LGBT+ issues, of which I won’t delve into much. What I delve into is the opening night of Pride for the Masses, a Pride event hosted by I Heart Local Music. Everyone hosting the event was a member of the LGBT+ community and brought an incredible performance.
The night started off with Cuee, a local rapper and hip hop artist who brought finesse and aggressive lyrics that attack each song. The combination of at times smooth beats with strong drill elements brings a down to earth reality often ignored or, at best, overlooked in the music scene. The music brought an incredible vibe that welcomed everyone to join.
Gritty reality was certainly not ignored this night, however, Wick and the Tricks brought their high-octane performance of glam punk that covered many political issues while being risque and off the wall.
The last musical act of the night was DJ Candyass, who brought a plethora of music guaranteed to please everyone. The music playlist ranged from hip hop to EDM and even more obscure genres. Everyone had a reason to dance.
Of course, this was all tied together by the wonderful hostess Miss Amanda Love. Her comical stylings and lip syncing had the audience roaring with laughter while applauding her ability the match the energy to the song, be it a moving ballad or fast tempos. She also showed the audience as much love as she was given.
This is certainly a great event, one which I hope is repeated in the future with the same fervor and tenacity. I also hope that it continues to be fully run by members of the LGBT+ community with all profits going back into the same community that put it together. That is something I’m glad I Heart Local Music seemed to care about and hope other places wanting to participate in Pride month will consider as well.
It’s that time again where I release 4 songs that best describe this month. Those who are new to this I pick 4 songs from music released in the particular time, in this case March of this year. These 4 songs I feel capture the emotion of the month. I don’t look at which songs I like, or genre, or anything of the sort. It’s all about the music and capturing the mood.
Now that I got some of that out of the way, here’s what I picked for this month. Hint: apparently I was obsessed with lots of layers this month.
Not only is the story behind this band an interesting one, but the music on this album is impressive. Seriously, if you get a chance check out their backstory and the rest of their album. Much of the album is like this, but the idea of everything working together to create one big complex work is rather striking.
Moby “The Tired and the Hurt”
Moby is one of those artists who is able to mix a lot of genres together and, even if you don’t like it, at least appreciate the complexities. I feel like this month was one of those months with “layers” where it seemed simple but as you look at it look at how things got processed in a weird way. I think this song captured that aspect.
Dorothy “Ain’t Our Time to Die”
This is another one of those songs that struck me but in a different way. Rather than being focused on being layered in composition this one I felt was layered in emotions.
Lucy Dacus “Yours & Mine”
While this song wasn’t layered in ways like the others, but I felt it captured the vibe of this month of trying to address feelings directly, even if the execution of it was complicated.
If you want to check out what I picked in previous months you can check out these posts or go to my YouTube playlist.
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