Wed Nov 13 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

X-Ray Arcade

5036 S Packard Ave Cudahy, WI 53110

$15.00

All Ages

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Kickstand Productions Presents
Torche, Eye Flys, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

  • Torche

    Torche

    Alternative Metal

    “People are always trying to figure out which compartment we fit into. They wanna put us on a shelf. But in a world of Sabbaths, we get to be Van Halen.”

    That’s Torche guitarist and producer Jon Nuñez talking about his band’s uneasy relationship with categorization. Over the last 15 years, Torche—led by the core trio of Nuñez, guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks and drummer Rick Smith—have often been saddled with one-dimensional niche terms like doom, sludge or stoner rock, but none of them really apply. “That shit is tiresome,” he says. “When people ask me what kind of music we play, I just say, ‘Loud rock n’ roll.’”

    Which is a good way to describe Torche’s fifth and latest album, Admission. From the rumbling cannonade of opener “From Here” and chunky bomb-string detonator “What Was” to the staccato siren song “Reminder” and glistening thunder pop of the title track, it’s a record that manages to be hi-powered, dynamic and melodic—all at the same time. “To me, it’s a real record with peaks and valleys and emotional ups and downs,” Nuñez offers. “Musically, the intensity doesn’t stay in one lane.”

    Nuñez says Admission’s musical range—and Torche’s unwillingness to be pinned down—is a result of the band’s wide spectrum of unlikely influences. “I feel like we all listen to so many different types of music, but not really much within the realm of what we’re considered to play,” he explains. “We like 70s rock, shoegaze, ambient music, obscure noise, and stuff we grew up with like Latin or Hispanic music. All of us grew up in Miami during an interesting time, so there’s all kinds of things that drew us in.”

    Behind the scenes, Torche underwent some lineup changes in the wake of 2015’s Restarter. First off, Nuñez switched from bass to guitar. To fill the bass position they enlisted Eric Hernandez of Miami noise-rockers Wrong, who joined the original Torche triumvirate in time to play on Admission. “We knew right away that Eric was the guy,” Nuñez explains. “He’s bailed us out on drums before when Rick had some health issues. Now that this is the lineup, things are easier. No one needs to be told anything, and everyone’s excited.”

    The fact that Nuñez switched to guitar during a short break between tours didn’t slow Torche down in the least. “We bounced back pretty fast,” he confirms. “I jumped on guitar in nine days and we did a whole US tour. I was so nervous at that first show that I got a headache onstage. But then you ease into it and it feels right.”

    With the band’s members spread between Florida and Los Angeles, Torche got together whenever possible to work on the songs that would become Admission. “I think the only two we wrote on the spot were ‘Extremes Of Consciousness’ and the closer, ‘Changes Come,’” Nuñez explains. “We wrote some in Gainesville, some in LA, put one together in Colorado and a couple other ones came together in Miami. It was exciting to do things differently and it kinda kept us on our toes.”

    Writing in different locations also allowed the band to get together more often than they had been able to for Restarter. “The way Restarter was put together was kinda nuts,” Nuñez explains. “It was written in two weeks and then recorded in two weeks. It was a little stressful. I wanna say we got together four times for this record, which was twice as much as last time.”

    There was also an abundance of material to work with this time around. “Steve was writing stuff, Eric was writing stuff and I was writing stuff,” Nuñez says. “We just honed in on what would make a cohesive record. It ended up being three songs from each of us, and the others are collaborations. It was a real group effort.”

    Admission also marks just the second time Torche have actually printed their lyrics in an album sleeve. “Usually Steve’s lyrics make sense to me in some sort of abstract way, but this album has some more personal stuff in there,” Nuñez point out. “It’s a cool little insight into Steve’s twisted head.”

    In fact, Admission might be Torche’s most personal album yet. “This album is more revealing of who we are,” Nuñez offers. “I think the core of the band is happier and more inspired than we have been in some time, and we’ve got somebody new who’s excited to be a part of it. It’s just refreshing. On tour, we wanna play the entire thing because we stand by this shit. It feels right. It feels real.”

  • Eye Flys

    Eye Flys

    Metal

    Eye Flys brings together the minds of four musicians known for their work in some of the most extreme, blistering bands today. The quartet was initially started by Full of Hell guitarist Spencer Hazard and former Backslider drummer Patrick Forrest as an outlet to play aggressive music with equal intensity that would contrast the breakneck speeds of their other projects. After asking Backslider bassist Jake Smith to join on guitar and vocals and Triac’s Kevin Bernsten on bass, Eye Flys’ potential for crafting impossibly heavy songs was solidified. Eye Flys’ debut Context was written and recorded just a few short months from the band’s inception, drawing on each members’ considerable experience and driven by the excitement of playing in uncharted territory. This is an album of commanding, lean noise rock absolutely brimming with vitriol.

    The direct, raw energy Eye Flys’ music is simultaneously menacing and intoxicating. Drawing immediate comparisons to bands like UnsaneCherubs, and The Melvins (where they take their name), the quartet’s bludgeoning sound is underpinned by a razor sharp edge. Smith’s vicious lyrics are paralleled by his unrelenting barks with passages like the opening of “Weaponize” literally spat through grinding teeth. Their taut, muscular riffing and pummeling drums lay atop a foundation of deceptively intricate arrangements. Amidst the barrages are layers of subtle melody and textural noise that heighten the album’s contrasting dynamics. Where “Crushing of the Human Spirit” plows ahead with massive thuds, “The Triumph of Hagbard Celine” winds with serpentine phrases and jagged rhythms.

    Context is an album about both internal and external perception. From the opening track of the record, Smith poses the question “What the fuck makes you so sure?,” challenging the listener to reflect on their self-assurances. “Dosed,” the album’s most uptempo track, serves as a potent metaphor for the way one’s point of view can shift slowly or in an instant. Smith drew inspiration from the novel Illuminatus!, weaving a layer of tongue-in-cheek apocalyptic discordianism into his fierce snarls. Album closer “Fuckface” takes laser-focus at toxic masculinity with a punishing deluge of howls and concrete-thick hits aimed at men who’s harmful true natures are unveiled, as well as expelling those feelings in oneself.

    Eye Flys’ Context stands as a testament to its members’ abilities to produce music that is as ferocious as it is addictive. In just 6 short songs, Eye Flys not only prove their place among their peers, but stand out as a force of sheer, immovable power.

  • Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

    Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

    Rock

    The guy’s name is Conan Neutron. The band is Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends—the North American trio comprised of singer and guitarist Neutron, drummer Dale Crover [The Melvins], bassist Tony Ash [Trophy Wives & Coliseum] joined by producer Toshi Kasai [Tool, Foo Fighters]. Together, they proudly present their third outing, Protons And Electrons, a collection of twelve 7” vinyl/online split singles presented together as a double album/double CD set. Why Protons And Electrons? “Because,” Neutron explains, “Protons, Electrons and Neutrons make the atom.”
     
     A ringmaster of all things wildly heavy, startlingly poppy, undeniably rocking and delightfully weird, the front man (and namesake) and his pals bring to you this culmination of nearly three years of work.
     
     Protons features a different Neutron Friends song, each composed and conceived as a single by the group; heavy, poppy, frantic or jagged, many aspects and facets of the band are represented. Electrons, on the other hand, features the B-sides courtesy of various musical comrades such as: Dale Crover Band, Thoughts Detecting Machines, Turbo Lightning and more, all musicians who play in live incarnations of The Secret Friends, record with the group or have some profound significance to the existence of the band. (Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons make the atom!)
     
    Conceived as an avenue for discovery as much as a celebration of community, Protons And Neutrons twists and winds, seeking to tell no story other than the unfiltered joy of the act of creation and weird rock and roll itself. There is no expectation that you know the other bands, but you might find something you like.  “It’s a surprise gift for people along for our whole deal!” Neutron excitedly exclaims. 
     
    Conan Neutron is certainly no stranger to taking a unique approach to creating music. Call his music smart, kooky, weird, quirky – you name it, he’s heard it before. Ghettoblaster described his music as “A wiry and adventurous rock ‘n roll that is equal parts Cheap Trick, Fugazi, the Cars, Black Sabbath and DEVO with perhaps Mean Streets era Van Halen mixed in,” with Mxdwn dubbing it “A paradoxical mix of accessibility and abandon.”. In 2015, The Secret Friends made their debut on Enemy of Everyone followed by the 2016 release, Art of Murder—a gleeful concept album about Hannibal Lecter with a dedicated following. 
     
    Along the way, the group earned acclaim from the likes of KPIX-CBS, The Bay Bridged, The Big Takeover, The Stranger, Milwaukee Record, I Heart Noise, Bandcamp (New and Notable), WMSE, and others. Since then the band has earned a reputation as a fierce and worthy live rock act, playing shows across the country with an ever-rotating cast of players. 
    “I wouldn’t go so far as to say that there is something for everybody” Neutron explains, “but there’s something for people with a sense of adventure or people willing to take a ride with something that isn’t shameless genre music, but if safely consonant ‘garage rock’ or bands with riffs in search of a song are more your thing… it’s a big world out there.”
     
    Pop aficionados can sing along to songs like Jilted Dragon and Hate Secretary. Purveyors of the heavy are referred to hard rockers like RECANT! and The Vig, while those who simply like to rock can line up for Paved Age, Litany of Grievances and Parade of Deceit. 
    On Protons, Neutron and company made an attempt to step up the game, breaking down all boundaries and adhering to only one rule: “Whatever the songs were going to do, they had to do it, get in and get the hell out. No overthinking, indulgence or indecision allowed.” 
    One day after Election Day 2016, Neutron entered Kasai’s Sound of Sirens Studios in Los Angeles alongside Crover and Ash to commence recording. During a fittingly “Weird time that has only gotten weirder since” as he calls it, the three-piece locked into an unbreakable groove as evidenced on Protons. 
     
     “I just want to make solid rock music, it’s what I live for” Neutron leaves off. “For me, that means changing things up and challenging the listener to come along on the trip. By doing things differently, I hope we accomplished that.”
     

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Kickstand Productions Presents

Torche, Eye Flys, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

Wed Nov 13 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

X-Ray Arcade Cudahy WI
Torche, Eye Flys, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends

$15.00 All Ages

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