Record Store Day Preview Part 4: The Parking Lot

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice, and then I said it again, Record Store Day 2015 is not to be missed. Mills Record Company will be celebrating with a lot of the Record Store Day exclusive releases, artist booths, drawings and give-a-ways, and performances from local bands. In the evening, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear and The Grisly Hand will take over the store. However, the parking lot will be bumping the tunes from 2pm to past 8pm and will feature some of the best talent Kansas City has to offer.

At 2pm, Nubiles will ensure the parking lot party begins with high energy. The band blows through its noisy punk like Wavves or Death From Above 1979. Though the average pop enthusiast might not immediately go to them, Nubiles write melodies that are catchy underneath their distortion and burn.

After them, Boy Parts will take the stage. The quartet develops its brooding vibe by combining bass heavy and lingering verses with explodingly distorted choruses. Their vacillation between soft and loud parts allows them to exhibit the same amount of energy as bands on the punkier side of the spectrum while including spaces for breath.

Drugs & Attics have become a quick favorite of mine. Their songs are lo-fi and fun. Combining the bouncy care free tone of a summertime jam with winter’s cool bite, the three-piece spins through their songs without any tricks. The band makes fun but intelligent music. And their shows are as energetic as their recordings.

LAZY keeps their sound fast and messy–like good punk should be. Their songs flit between blistering walls of distorted tin and sludgy chugs. Their recordings are packed with energy and their live shows leak it. Much how their music toes the line between mania and panic, LAZY’s live set constantly verges on self-implosion in the very best way. Their sets are full of passion and free of premeditated drama.

BUMMER keeps the same mentality as LAZY but gives it a harder, metal-tinged edge. Their songs are heavy in the most literal sense. Rather than acquiesce to droning low-end, the band flips through their songs with a frenetic sense of urgency. BUMMER breaks through the pretension in some metal to make songs that are as visceral as they are brutal.

Moving in a slightly dancier groove, Yes You Are makes rock-tinted electro-power-pop. The band does the genre right. They mix beautiful vocal melodies with fuzzy synths and driving drums. Yes You Are seems perfectly at home blaring from a car shooting down I-70 or as a soundtrack to a night in Westport.

Organized Crimes continues the move into synth-pop. Their pop aesthetic sounds like a collaboration between The Dresden Dolls and Forest Swords. Part witch-house, part vaudeville chic, Organized Crimes makes some wonderful sounds. Splitting the difference between the two, the band jumps from droning crystalline parts to blipping arpeggios without batting an eye.

After the brief pop interlude, The Fog joins the fray to weird things up a bit. The three-piece collages together pretty much everything in music today, and usually in one song. The members seem not to like staying on a single thing for too long. Their songs are passionate without losing their self-awareness, and their live shows are fun in the most dangerous sense of the word.

Ending the parking lot party, The Big Iron is sure to give Record Store Day a fitting farewell salute. Their songs are fast and pummeling. The music veterans put everything the have into each song, and their performances are no different. With a kind of tonal energy that most bands spend their entire career trying to find, The Big Iron stitches together a big sound that their live show definitely fills.

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