As you may have noticed I was taking a few days away from the blog and while I was away I was also on a vacation near Columbus Ohio. While there visiting the beautiful and talented Kenzie Kleinman whose original art you may have seen here I was treated to seeing these three acts at Skully’s Music Diner. Each of the acts brought something special to the table and overall the sound was both loud and clear. I’m also including a few photos that she managed to snap while we were there.
We were first treated to the stylings of local native Professional Wrestling and his unique brand of robotic vocals laid over pairs of drum loops and synth. We had a position close to the stage and while the sound was very loud I think it really adds to the strength of his live performance. The drums were pounding well-built loops into our faces and those synth tones played like rock guitars blasting into the room. I really had no idea what to expect as I had never seen this act or previously heard his work and to say the least I was very impressed. He moved quickly shifting from one track into the next and delivered a strong performance with very entertaining and odd dance movements that highlighted sections of his tracks. He honestly seemed to be loving every minute of his time on stage and the local crowd seemed very supportive showing that he may well be on his way up very soon.
The second act that we were there to see was the Seattle Washington Hip-Hop collective Champagne Champagne. Also new to me the three members worked well together onstage commanding the crowd and leading them in chants of their and Starfucker’s name throughout the show. The group was made up of two MCs and one member that did all of the beat work while also layering synth and guitar over the mix. The drums were pounding and they did a great job of building the energy of the crowd in preparation for the night’s closer. Both MCs were talented rappers and incorporated singing elements and stage antics that seemed to keep the crowd enthralled throughout. One member even took the chance to take the risk of joining the crowd rhyming directly from the floor to his audience.
Going into Starfucker my only real expectation was fun upbeat synth driven pop and that was delivered in spades as the set was filled with it. What I didn’t know was this group plays extremely tightly. The members have the ability to smoothly switch instruments moving between guitars, synths, and percussion while keeping their performance strong and steady. At one point the group dropped everything and whisked into an impromptu drum circle with all of the members beating out percussion all at once. The only downside to their performance was that the music was so loud it was tough to hear their tenderly sung lyrics for most of the show. They did a nice range of material that was broken up with cassette recorded interludes which the bassist would at times warp and distort. These guys are a joy to see live and are set to be playing much larger venues. There are still plenty of dates left on their tour which you can view here and if you get a chance to see them don’t miss out.
Other Professional Wrestling info found here
Other Champagne Champagne info found here
Other Starfucker info found here