The Pitch Music Showcase 2013
Sons Of Great Dane, Antennas Up, Not A Planet, Gentleman Savage
Kansas City, MO, 64111
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Propelled by ADAM MITCHELL'S punishing double-bass, JP GAUGHAN'S thresher-like shredding, the bile-spewing howls of STEVIE CRUZ, the legendary live incineration of bassist TERRY TAYLOR and the the demented guitar mania of TY SCOTT, Lawrence Kansas' HAMMERLORD are dedicated to creating utter sonic destruction.
Combining Rock n' Roll spirit with elements of extreme metal, HAMMERLORD are an entirely new take on "Modern Thrash" aiming to bring the spirit of FUN back into modern heavy music!
With quality musicianship and vicious hooks, HAMMERLORD back up their relentless studio recordings with and entertaining and impressive live show that has helped them win two consecutive local Pitch Music Awards for best Kansas City metal.
SLAYING A TOWN NEAR YOU!!!
Sons Of Great Dane
Brent Windler: Guitar/Vocals
Nolle Bond: Bass
John Yeates: Drums
When learning of a band who wears their fascination with spaceships, videogames and hyper-accentuated technology on their sleeve as Antennas Up does, one might make the assumption that their obsession is a reflection of a rather cold persona. Any pre-conceived notions of frigid, scientific vibes are quickly swept away by dance floor-worthy grooves that share loyalties to funk, neo-soul and electro-robot rock.
In 2008, Antennas Up formed in Kansas City and began work on their debut album. Guitarist and world traveler Bo McCall and drummer/programming genius The Ryantist met on their high school marching band's drumline. Meeting up with Kyle Akers in college, they began writing and touring together.
AU has recently shared the stage with Girl Talk, Electric Six, Ha Ha Tonka and an official showcase at 2010's South By Southwest. Their music has been featured in the best-selling Ipod app 'Tap Tap Revenge 3' and their Spaceship music video has reached more than 80,000 views on Youtube.
Not A Planet
“...Step into the cage, the spectacle, the few, the proud, the strange...” writes Nathan Corsi, the guitarist, singer, and wordsmith of Not A Planet. Corsi’s carefully crafted and emotionally charged lyrics sync perfectly with the swirling harmonies sung by Liam Sumnicht (drums) and Bill Sturges (bass). The songs unabashedly culminate in a blend of 60’s pop, east coast indie and the blues of the north.
An Akron, Ohio native, Corsi’s musical tastes and influences grew in the same fertile soil that reaped rock and roll innovators like the James Gang, Devo, the Pretenders and the Black Keys. Moving to Kansas City, by way of New York, Corsi met local music-enthusiast poster child and 96.5 the Buzz radio personality, Liam Sumnicht in 2010. With their powers combined, they immediately booked their first tour while Sumnicht simultaneously navigated Corsi throughout the KC music scene.
Extensive touring to the east coast and back in the belly of their (t)rusty van, “Trudy”, Corsi and Sumnicht were accompanied by various and sundry bass players while their bond as bandmates and fellow artists grew stronger. Ripe and ready for a permanent solution, in the winter of 2012, they welcomed a bundle of joy, William “Pretty-Boy” Sturges, with open arms. William’s unmatched joie de vivre made him a natural fit for NAP. A skillful stylist, Sturges’ bass became the glue that bound Not A Planet’s signature sound. Their first release, the NAP Sack EP, was seven tracks gleaned from a scrapped full-length recording. Latecomer, Sturges’ bass tracks were overdubbed, and the songs remixed by Producer Michael Stout of the Beautiful Bodies.
The joy of connection and creating original, honest art compels the trio to bring a dreamscape collaborative to their audience. Once again working alongside Stout, the Not a Planet debut LP, “The Few, The Proud, The Strange” explores life, love, grief and the powerful visions of our collective nocturnal dream world.
Pleased as punch to have been in the top five nominated for “best indie rock song in 2012” by the Independent Music Awards for their song, Turn Me On (NAP Sack EP), Not A Planet has shared the stage with amazing bands like ZZ Ward, Seawolf, Free Energy, Grizzly Bear, Joy Formidable, Maps and Atlases, Bright Light Social Hour, Ha Ha Tonka, The Dirty Heads, Flogging Molly and Antennas Up.
GENRE: Indie Rock
MEMBERS: Nathan Corsi, Guitar/Vocals
Liam Sumnicht, Drums/Harmony Vocals
William Sturges/Bass Guitar/Harmony Vocals
The members of Kansas City's Gentleman Savage came together during the winter of 2010 in a damp basement, after their previous band, Mother Culture, called it quits. The split left guitarist Holden Simpson, bassist Kyle Anthony and drummer Nick Talley without an outlet, so the three regrouped and began work on a new set of material. They started brainstorming and hashing out ideas officially in the spring of 2011 and played their first show in October of that year.
Landing somewhere between psychedelic rock and outright pop, the band have built a sound well versed in the vocabulary of the 60’s and 70’s. However, while the guys in Gentleman Savage pay tribute to the bands of yore, they also bring a smart pop sensibility to their song writing, layering in strong vocal hooks and guitar riffs with a steady, confident beat on which they build their sound. The band elegantly weaves rolling bass grooves accented by jangling guitars, 3 part harmonies, swirling organs and electric pianos, to build a sound that is not only captivating, but beautifully haunting as well. During the winter of 2011/12 the band began work on their first EP at Westend Studios in Kansas City.
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