09/12/12Posted in Show-reviews by L4LM

Kick Rocks at Brooklyn Bowl - 9/10/12


By Arya Jha 

The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Dopapod and Brothers Past clashed together on an anything-but-ordinary Monday night at the Brooklyn Bowl. September 10, 2012 marked the third live performance by Kick Rocks, and first live performance within a venue. The jam super group had an initial performance at Camp Bisco XI’s VIP late-night tent and made a comeback the night before this Brooklyn Bowl show as the closing artist of the Catskill Chill.

Led by Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon Gutwillig, the combination of Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield, Brothers Past bassist Clay Parnell and Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman created an overly creative, incredibly fun live energy best known as “Kick Rocks”. The band’s sound is truly not classifiable; however, it can be best described as a psychedelic electro jam band with funk roots.

Kick Rocks opened their set at 9:45 with a body vibrating, funk-inspired baseline. With the combination of the synth and keys, as well as Brooklyn Bowl’s giant disco ball, the sound had a disco-esque feeling. A few minutes into the first jam, each instrument became progressively in tune with the other; eliminating the elements of disco and funk and, in turn, creating a loud, rock inspired jam. As Jon Gutwillig started to play his high octave twelfth fret guitar solo, the elements of psychedelic rock emerged, and I couldn’t help but relive past moments of raging to the Disco Biscuits.

As this initial jam progressed, Winderman began to stand out as a diverse musician within the group. Playing on an acoustic piano and two keyboard synthesizers, Eli made sure it seemed like the music never stopped. The electronic synth matched the funk rock genre Eli creates in Dopapod, yet sounded completely different – and more electronic – against the psychedelic sounds of Kick Rock. The band continued on to bring the octaves and decibels up and down and all around, jam loudly and softly with each instrument playing equal amounts of solos and equal amounts playing together. Jon Gutwillig tied everything together by using his screeching disco-biscuit-reminiscent guitar solos as a transition in between jams.

Their jam went on until 10:11, and the members of Kick Rocks finally put their instruments down in order to ramble to the audience as Jon and Clay took a shot of whiskey. Due to the youth, style and sole nature of Kick Rocks, no set list is created for their shows. Actually, the band so purely demonstrates jam based music, that they didn’t even take a set break. The musicians solely communicated through the music, eye-contact and body language in order to create their sounds in unison, so it was no surprise when Jon started their next jam stating, “This next song we will title when were done playing it….”

The next jam began on a smoother level starting off with a strong bass line played by both Eli and Clay and a light and steady drumming reminiscent of Lotus’s melodic and slow tempos. About 7 minutes into the jam, the band built up the song with musical scales, broke it down with bass and drum solos, and built it back up with electro-jam influences from both Eli and Jon. Their second jam had major musical range. With this show, Kick Rocks proved they can create music that is more then just electronic and more than just ongoing jams.

The crowd’s energy was clear within 30 minutes of Kick Rocks playing. Full of fans from each member of Kick Rock’s originating bands; the unique conglomerate of musicians brought out a unique conglomerate of both sounds and people. The fans went wild as the boys played around on stage, told stories of their travels, danced together and constantly impressed each other. When a fan showed a barefoot Jon her Disco Biscuits and Lotus tattoo, Eli yelled, “What about Dopapod?!” The playful energy on stage led to a playful energy on the dance floor.

Kick Rocks’ third and fourth jams concluded the show, similar to the first half of the show’s never-ending tunes. Those last two jams especially created a rockin’ dance party at the Brooklyn Bowl. Upon speaking to a Kick Rocks fan after the show, I was told that the set at Catskill Chill was slower, chiller, and calmer. He told me that this Kick Rocks show was by far the most electronic, fast, and danceable set they have played. Kick Rocks has no more shows scheduled; however, after seeing how much fun the musicians were having with each other, I would not be surprised if they pop up at a festival or venue very soon.

In the meantime, you can catch Lotus at FDR Park (PA) on September 15th, Dopapod at the Highline Ballroom (NY) September 27th and The Disco Biscuits and Brothers Past at City Bisco (PA) October 5th and 6th.

Listen to the Camp Bisco Kick Rocks Set:


Photos By: Jaclyn Fidler


Related



Comments


Dean Ween Pens Excuse Letter For Student Wanting To Attend Colorado Ween Reunion

What do you do when you want to see the first Ween concerts since December 2011, but ...


Woodstock 50th Anniversary Concert Reportedly In The Works

A concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the most monumental music even ...


Listen To The Floozies' Sexy New Single 'Granola Jones'

Electro-funk duo The Floozies are at it again with a groovy new single and the title ...


Vulfpeck, The Revivalists And The Soul Rebels To Play Jazz Fest Late Night Show

The sheer insanity of the Jazz Fest late night concert calendar just got yet crazier! ...


Watch Arcade Fire & Preservation Hall Lead A David Bowie Parade Through The Streets Of New Orleans

Following the sad news of David Bowie's passing last month, Arcade Fire and the  ...


Head For The Hills & Pert' Near Sandstone Announce Joint Spring Tour Dates

Colorado's Head for the Hills and Minnesota's Pert' Near Sandstone will join forces f ...


Someone Converted Jimi Hendrix's Apartment Into The Hendrix Museum

In June of 1968, Jimi Hendrix moved into his London flat, which was found by his gir ...


Beanstalk Music Festival Announces Phase One Lineup And New Home

The fourth annual Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival will return to Colorado for th ...


Carlos Santana Asks The NFL For 'Real Live Music' At Future Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Last weekend, a combination of Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce performed as part of ...


Lucy Arnell Releases Mad Alchemy Psychedelic Video, Announces ‘The Lucy Arnell Experiment And Revue'

California psychedelic folk-rock songstress Lucy Arnell has released a 42 minute vide ...


Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell & More Cover The Beatles For New Netflix Series 'Beat Bugs'

The Beatles have really seen it all. Their music has come to define a generation, sym ...


Turkuaz Jam With Members of Dave Matthews Band & Snarky Puppy In Nashville

Out on the road in early 2016 as part of their Digitonium tour, Brooklyn funk powerh ...


Jon Batiste Delivers Heartwarming 'Blackbird' In Honor Of Beatles' Milestone Anniversary

The soundtrack to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is led by the musical bandleade ...


Giant Country Horns' Carl Gerhard Added To 'Jazz Is Phish' Brooklyn Show

One-of-a-kind instrumental Phish tribute band Jazz Is Phish will receive an added bo ...


Fleetwood Mac Fest Kicks Off With Alison Mosshart, Doyle Bramhall & More Great Tributes

Last night, the Fonda Theatre kicked off the first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest in Lo ...


Watch Phil Lesh Sit In With Kiefer Sutherland And Lebo & Friends On The Same Night At Terrapin Crossroads

Phil Lesh's San Rafael, CA venue Terrapin Crossroads was jumpin' last night, hosting ...


Paul McCartney Has Recorded Love-Themed Audio Emojis For Valentine's Day

Getting tired of those regular text emojis you're using during your Skype conversatio ...


Widespread Panic Celebrates 5th Annual Panic En La Playa [A Gallery]

Last week, Widespread Panic just wrapped up an incredible four-night stand at the Har ...


Wilco Wows At The NorVa [A Gallery]

Following a stellar run of shows in New York and throughout the Northeast, Wilco's wi ...


Freekbass Leads Members Of TAB, P-Funk & More On A James Bond Adventure [Premiere]

The Band Is Bond. Comprised of Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Freekbass, Razor Sharp Johns ...


Remembering The Beatles' Momentuous Ed Sullivan Performance, On This Day In 1964

In 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first televised perfor ...


The Motet Funkifies San Francisco With Two Nights At The Independent [A Gallery]

Funk yeah! The Motet just wrapped up a major West Coast tour, winding through Colorad ...


Watch Eufórquestra Take An Alan Evans Beat And Turn It Into A Funk Rocker [Premiere]

Eufórquestra is doing it right! Based out of Fort Collins, CO, the up and coming gr ...


Blind Faith: The Rise And Fall Of A Super Group

On this day in 1969, three anointed stars of the music world announced the formation ...


STS9 Tributes Earth, Wind & Fire, Bob Marley During Two-Night Denver Run [Video/Gallery]

STS9 is in full force on their winter tour, stopping in Denver, CO for a two night t ...


Wrapping Up: Watch 11 Exclusive New Videos From Jam Cruise 2016

Hi, my name is Rex Thomson, and I'm addicted to live music. I've followed my passion ...


All Things Reconsidered: Breaking Down Phish's Summer Tour

On a day that many jam fans were expecting the newest Grateful Dead sensation, Dead ...


Happy Birthday Bob Marley: Phish, Clapton, String Cheese & More Pay Tribute

Reggae legend, poet and philosopher Bob Marley would have been 71 years old today.  ...


Listen To The First Widespread Panic Show On Its 30th Anniversary

30 years ago tonight, John Bell, Michael Houser, Dave Schools, and Todd Nance played ...


Full-Show Audio: Stratosphere All-Stars Perform An Incredible Tribute To David Bowie & More

This past Saturday night, the Stratosphere All-Stars brought their funked out dance m ...


Listen To Eliot Lipp's Tasty New Track, 'Take A Left,' Exclusively Via L4LM

Eliot Lipp is back and he's bringing all the vibey goodness with him. About to hit th ...


Umphrey's McGee Played 'Anchor Drops' In Its Entirety, On This Day Last Year

A year ago today Umphrey's McGee treated their fans in Chattanooga, TN at Track 29 t ...


Crush AZ Is The Perfect Valentine's Dance Party

On Saturday, February 13, lovers and ravers from all over will gather at the Rawhid ...


Goldfish Sets Sights On NYC Throwdown

This March is set to kick off with a bang with a little help from South African el ...





L4LM Twitter