Hosted by DJ Radionic Powers, tonight’s Local Showcase is a cornucopia of awesome local talent. This evening, the bands Bike Power (aka Kent Downing), alt-metal group Alice Sweet Alice, Schwervon!, The Waspmen and Monta At Odds invade the KKFI airwaves to get your weekend off to a rocking, raving start!
About the artists:
Formerly Timmy The Wrench from Cross Country Felons, Bike Power is Kent Downing playing guitar and singing.
Alice Sweet Alice are mavericks in the Alt Rock music world, defying any easy pigeonhole. Alice Sweet Alice is a male-female fronted rock band, with at times powerful explosions of metal, delicate textures of piano, earth-shattering drums and an engaging live performance. A recent review for ASA’s newest album, Ribbons & Stone, states; “They say albums define a band and Ribbons & Stone is an album that may well define Alice Sweet Alice and their future! Categorization aside , this album is your perscription for great “ROCK”!” A UK review for ASA’s 2011 album, MANDALA, stated: “It’s hard to say what you notice first about Alice Sweet Alice, but it’s probably fair to say that Ali Kat’s vocals come fairly close to the top of the list. Tuneful and soulful, she is (thankfully) not given to the histrionics found on your average Evanescence album, instead opting for a tuneful drawl in the vein of The Kills or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, albeit with a significantly more interesting musical backdrop.” Another MANDALA reviewer in the USA stated: “Now for something completely different. Alice Sweet Alice is nothing you expected, and everything you wanted it to be. Here you will find a variety of melodies and sounds you’re just not going to find anywhere else. I discovered something about this CD that I find a little perplexing. My ears understood that I was listening to new music, but my brain was telling me it was something familiar, even comfortable.” This reviewer finished his statement with: “As I sat and listened to this CD, I could think of only one phrase that seem to fit what I was hearing, and that is simply, “ear candy”.”
From a recent review: “Alice Sweet Alice is an insanely talented band that shows that nothing is out of reach if you are truly passionate about what you do. Hailing from Kansas City, ASA fuses many different styles of music to deliver a refreshing sound that is all their own. From traditional hard driving guitar riffs to delicate piano solos to hard pounding drum rhythms and interchangeable male/female lead vocals, Alice Sweet Alice keeps their music fresh and anything but ordinary. This band has been compared to such contemporary artists as the Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Garbage and even Queen, but while there are hints of subtle influence threaded through their tracks, Alice Sweet Alice creates music that is arguably one of a kind.”
Following their performance at the 2013 Midwest Music Awards, the promoter had this to say: “Alice Sweet Alice … is without a doubt one of the most underrated bands in all of Kansas City. They have massive popularity Worldwide and they showed why on stage with a monstrosity sound that is full and rich, and with timing that is second to none. The setlist in our opinion was perfect on how each song just flowed from one to the next without having that “trainwreck” feel that you will sometimes get in live performances. Alice Sweet Alice showed exactly what they constantly preach in more words on their Facebook, but that is reach for perfection.”
ASA’s 4th studio album, RIBBONS & STONE is released on June 11, 2013 with a tour of the region and east coast immediately following. Performances include the A2 Fest in Ann Arbor Michigan on July 13th.
Schwervon! is a two-piece American rock music band based in Kansas City as of early 2012. The band members are Major Matt Mason USA on electric guitar and Nan Turner on drums; the pair share singing duties. They started the band in 1999 in New York City, shortly after they began their ongoing romantic relationship. They have released five albums through Major Matt’s Olive Juice Music independent record label. Their first two albums have also been distributed by Shoeshine Records in Europe, where they have toured frequently, sometimes in tandem with Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson, and Toby Goodshank. In 2011, they did a brief European tour, opening for the recently reunited UK alternative band The Vaselines.
60s and Early 70s Psych/Garage with hints of Surf-tone and early punk — like a Tarantino soundtrack, kinda.
60s Rock-n-Roll, vintage equipment, strange movies, peculiar people, distorted visions
Gentleman Savage, Chris Such and His Savages
This special release also includes 4 remixes of ‘Disappointment’ by: Carter Monroe, Rogg Agent, Solus and DF Tram and the track ‘On The Fly’ an outtake from the original album recording sessions.
“The music of “Unsuspecting” is often dark, always moody and perfect for a long, quiet drive, or a slow night in. While Monta At Odds draw from inspirations of jazz, and dub, their sound is an entirely unique combination of brushed snares, jazz horns, drifting string pads, abstract, dubby vibes, melancholy guitar and piano, with sparse and always distorted vocals. This album is more for closing your eyes and drifting away than nodding your head or moving your feet, and if you can make any level of emotional connection the first time you hear it, “Unsuspecting” is guaranteed to grow on you like a vine.”