Those looking for the OEA Awards wrap-up, scroll down below today’s blog entry. For an event that received virtually no publicity, the coverage here garnered a lot of interest. More than 1,000 people came to this page yesterday to read the recap. I guess it helps that Lazy-i provided the only next-day coverage of the event, a surprise to some, but not to me. As I said before, the Omaha World-Herald historically has put its own needs in front of its readers’ needs when it comes to covering anything sponsored by rival media, whether it be an alt-weekly newspaper, radio or local TV station. They have the power — and the right — to ignore whatever event they deem “un-newsworthy,” especially if that event’s success helps prove that there really is more than one newspaper in this town.
Emily: Really Charles, people will think–
Charles Foster Kane: –what I tell them to think.
Moving on to last night’s festivities at a jam-packed O’Leaver’s…
Cloven Path may be onto something. An electronica/metal duo — one guy plays guitar and does an interpretive metal dance routine while the other drums over prerecorded Euro-disco beats, synths, bass, etc. People were going ga-ga over their look and performance style — both guys have long blond hair, wear tons of eye make-up and full-on rock garb. The guitarist plays shirtless and swings his golden locks in true Steel Dragon style. It’s colorful, it’s fun, but beneath all the hair and make-up is a unique sound that deserves attention if only for the sheer devil-horns quality of the rock. Think fashion-show runway music underscored with shredding, metal guitar and rock drums. You’ll either want to dance or just stare at the mayhem on stage. Half the people I talked to about their set thought it was a gag, the other half thought it was a serious metal effort. Fact is, no band is doing anything like it around here. I think it’s pretty good, though a lot of the music sounded half-finished or as if it was missing something. The Path is in dire need of a vocalist. I’m told they’ve been looking for one since they first started performing and may have have recently lined up a front-woman, which would make their show even more of a spectacle. They could also use a ton more low-end. While the drumming was fine, I would loved to hear what this guy would sound like on a big, throaty kit. Adding a bass also wouldn’t hurt. Keep an eye on these guys.
Kite Pilot have completely reinvented themselves. Frankly, they didn’t have much choice, having lost guitarist/vocalist Austin Britton last summer to the West Coast. Their loss, however, was our gain, as their leaner, meaner line-up discards all the jangle-pop heard on their last LP. As a trio, they’re more focused and cohesive (though their first two songs got them off to a rocky start). Without the guitar, the focus shifts to the rhythm section, with front-woman Erica Hanton dominating on bass (though she switched to electric guitar for a couple numbers). The sound is muscular post-punk dance rock that — when kicking on all cylinders — reminds me of a morph between The Protoculture (Erica’s other band) and Bell Is a Cup-era Wire. Hubby Todd Hanton’s keyboards provide a pop (and, at times, retro-styled) accouterment that counters his wife’s gritty bass.
I can’t imagine this version of Kite Pilot ever playing any of their previously recorded material, and talking to Erica after the show, they have no intention to, which is probably a good idea considering that those old songs relied heavily on Austin’s guitar. With the Hantons having access to recording equipment, it’s only a matter of time before they record the new stuff. Meanwhile, more shows are in order, please.
There are three noteworthy shows going on tonight:
At The Brothers, it’s Now Archimedes with one other band, whose name escapes me. Thornton says his band will play first and should get started after 10.
Right across the street, at 3821 Farnam to be exact, Bombardment Society is playing a benefit gig with Outlaw Con Bandana and Oui Bandits (details here).
While, over at The 49’r, it’s OEA nominee Little Brazil with No Blood Orphan.
Which to choose?
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