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The Deli's Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012: #2 - Making Movies

Making Movies has figured out how to create a musical formula to success, combining popular musical genres and constructing a sultry but rhythmic and cohesive catalog. With a focused musical direction and a distinct flair about them, the band’s style marries Afro-Cuban and other Latin-influenced music to indie rock. Making Movies has made itself known around the country with an energetic, engaging live show that’s captured the attention of multi-genre listeners. The four-piece has opened for artists such as Delta Spirit, Fun, Neon Indian, and Los Lobos. Its latest LP, A La Deriva, was recorded by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos fame. (The Record Machine)

 
Making Movies is:
Enrique Chi – vocals, guitar
Diego Chi – bass
Juan-Carlos Chaurand – percussion, keys
Brendan Culp – drums
 
Making Movies’ next KC performance will be at The Riot Room on Saturday, March 2. Javier Mendoza and Shy Boys will be opening for the group. Mark your calendars now.
 

 

 
--Michelle Bacon 
 
   

The Deli's Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012: #3 - Schwervon!

(Photo by Lippe)

There has been a wellspring—some might say an oversaturation—of male/female duos popping up around the US in the past few years. They come in a variety of genres, but often the end result is the same: the music lacks a full quality, or one of the performers is exceedingly more talented than the other, causing the music to fall flat after a few songs. Fortunately, the charismatic duo Schwervon! avoids the pitfalls that many others make. Matt Roth and Nan Turner established themselves in the NYC scene, playing with groups like The Vaselines and Belle and Sebastian, and touring around the US and Europe. The two moved to Kansas City last spring, and have been embraced by the local music community, especially with their release of their latest LP Courage (see our review here) in September. Schwervon!’s knack for hook-laden ‘90s pop melodies with a lo-fi garage punk/indie rock edge, combined with a natural chemistry and an appropriate tinge of sweetness, has quickly made them a fan favorite. (Olive Juice Music)

(Photos by Todd Zimmer)

Schwervon!'s next performance will be at recordBar on Wednesday, February 20 with Cher UK and a special guest. Facebook event here. Schwervon! was also one of over 40 KC artists selected to play the 2013 MidCoast Takeover showcase at SXSW from March 13-16 at Shangri-La in Austin, Texas.

Schwervon! is:

Matt Roth – vocals, guitar

Nan Turner – vocals, drums

 

 
--Michelle Bacon
 
   

Best of KC for Emerging Artists Final Results: Radkey wins hands down!

Deli Readers,

We are proud to announce that The Deli’s Best Emerging Kansas City Artist of 2012 is Radkey! The three-piece punk wonder brothers have swept the competition, with a landslide of votes from our local music jurors.  Taking second place is the sultry, syncopated group Making Movies, followed closely by recent NYC-to-KC garage pop duo Schwervon!.

Take a look at our chart of 48 Kansas City area bands below. The highest value of votes came from our jurors, who included individuals involved in local music. This includes promoters, venue owners, press, record storeowners, and other music experts. The remainder of votes was compiled by The Deli KC contributors, readers, and open submissions voted on by national Deli editors. Congrats to everyone who made the list!

 
ARTIST
J
W
R
OS
TOT
 
1
Radkey
36
3
0.028
1
40.028
2
Making Movies
10
 
0.052
1
11.052
icon
3
Schwervon!
7
3
0.029
1
11.029
icon
4
Antennas Up
8
2
0.007
 
10.007
icon
5
Dream Wolf
6
1
0.119
1
8.119
icon
6
The Quivers
2
3
0.057
1
6.057
icon
7
Molly Picture Club
5
 
0.046
1
6.046
icon
8
Shy Boys
6
 
0.004
 
6.004
icon
9
Dollar Fox
2
1
2
1
6
icon
10
She's A Keeper
4
1
0.12
 
5.12
icon
11
The Conquerors
4
 
0.041
 
4.041
12
The Empty Spaces
2
1
0.011
1
4.011
icon
13
Expo 70
4
 
0.005
 
4.005
icon
14
Gentleman Savage
1
 
1.5
1.5
4
icon
15
Cadillac Flambe
3
 
0.5
 
3.5
icon
16
Clairaudients
3
 
0.141
 
3.141
icon
17
Attic Wolves
2
 
0.086
1
3.086
icon
18
Conflicts
3
 
0.076
 
3.076
icon
19
Not A Planet
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
20
The Sibyl
3
 
0.046
 
3.046
icon
21
Man Bear
 
 
0.015
3
3.015
22
The Bad Ideas
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
 
The Caves
3
 
0.008
 
3.008
icon
24
Akkilles
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
25
Beautiful Bodies
3
 
0.001
 
3.001
icon
26
We Are Voices
 
 
1
2
3
icon
27
Bears and Company
1
1
0.5
 
2.5
icon
 
Me Like Bees
2
 
0.16
 
2.16
icon
29
In Back of a Black Car
2
 
0.058
 
2.058
icon
30
Jorge Arana Trio
1
1
0.014
 
2.014
icon
31
Tiny Horse
2
 
0.008
 
2.008
icon
32
The Heavy Figs
2
 
0.007
 
2.007
icon
33
Shades of Jade
2
 
0.005
 
2.005
icon
34
Drew Black and Dirty Electric
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Quiet Corral
1
1
0.001
 
2.001
icon
 
Spirit is the Spirit
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
37
The Republic Tigers
2
 
 
 
2
icon
 
The Phase
2
 
 
 
2
?
39
Cowboy Indian Bear
1
 
0.069
 
1.069
icon
40
The B'Dinas
1
 
0.044
 
1.044
icon
41
Gemini Revolution
 
 
0.017
1
1.017
icon
42
Oils
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
43
The Blackbird Revue
1
 
0.01
 
1.01
icon
44
The Elders
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
45
Ghosty
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
46
The Dead Girls
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
47
Ssion
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
48
John Maxfield
 
 
0.001
1
1.001
icon
Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers, 
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

--Michelle Bacon

   

Artists on Trial: Maps for Travelers

 (Photo by Todd Zimmer)

 
For the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring artists playing the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, sponsored by Midwest Music Foundation.
 
Maps for Travelers is a collective of four veteran Kansas City musicians who have toured around the country with a heavy indie rock sound. The band has shared the stage with national acts like Fucked Up, The Jealous Sound, Just Like Vinyl, and others. We find out a little about the band’s upcoming debut LP and its influences.
 
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?

Maps for Travelers: Four guys paying homage to the most crushing alternative post-rock bands of the ‘90s while putting our own story and sonic point of view on it, with trumpet somehow in there too.
 
The Deli: Let’s talk about your much anticipated upcoming LP Broken Antlers. What can we expect?
 
Maps: This record has collectively been one of the most stressful records of all of our musical careers. We have fought for every note, every idea, every beat, and every lyric to be a true picture of who we are and what’s to come. From dynamic chaos to chilling, vibed-out soundscapes, we feel like we are covering it all. Most people that have listened to it say that we have cut out all the fat and focused all the sounds into a powerful work of music. We hope many will agree. This record is made to see live; we put all of these songs through the ringer of playing live and really tuned into being honest with ourselves about how the energy of every moment felt to all of us on stage as we are performing. Every song except for an interlude and an outro have undergone that intense scrutiny and, at the end of the day, we just love it and are excited to share it with everyone we can.
 
The Deli: What other plans and goals do you guys have this year?
 
Maps: Release this record, tour in support of this record, do some splits with some of our favorite artists. Make a video or two for a couple of these songs. And tour more and start to look at making another record in 2014.
 
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?

Maps: Supporting local music to us means that we go to other bands’ shows even when we aren't playing. Getting interested in what others are doing and encouraging the community of musicians to strive for their best. Being in a band can feel very competitive at points and we are trying to do the opposite of that; music is subjective. Everyone has a place and we are looking for people that feel the same way we do and are willing to take it to the highest level and create an even more engaged local music scene. That’s our take on it. We want to encourage people in general to support more, and by working together with other local musicians, we can create our own awesome community to launch out from here and come home to.
 
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?

Maps: Right now we are really loving Cowboy Indian Bear, Clairaudients, Bears and Company, The Casket Lottery, Jorge Arana Trio, Radkey, The Dead Girls, Sundiver, The Slowdown, In The Grove, Wise Guy, Regret, The Informer, The Architects, The Calamity Cubes, honestly we could go on for a minute! So many bands just playing so well right now! We are super pumped on being from KC.
 
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?

Maps: Title Fight, Caspian, Junius, La Dispute, Native, Local Natives, Now Now, Russian Circles, O Brother, The Life and Times.
 
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?

Maps: Quicksand, Hum, Failure, Thursday, Nine Inch Nails.
 
The Deli: Would you rather spend the rest of your life on stage or in the recording studio?
 
Maps: The stage, granted we can look like our awesome selves for the rest of our lives! Performing is where it’s at for us, the interaction and the rush you get from playing and really just bouncing all that energy around. There is no substitute for that anywhere!
 
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why?

Maps: This is nearly impossible to cover the pillars for us, so many and for so many different reasons. We will just pick the closest to our generation that really have pushed on us to strive for nothing less than everything we have.
 
Jeff Rickley (Thursday): He started a movement that changed our whole decade of music for us.
 
Walter Schreifels (Quicksand): We wouldn't be doing what we are doing without him laying the foundation for our style of music.
 
Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times): Just an amazing songwriter and someone from here that has shown the way for a lot of us Kansas City musicians.
 
Darryl Palumbo (Glassjaw): Just collectively, Maps For Travelers has come together so much over his band’s music and the way he put it all out there and commanded such an incredible band. We constantly are referencing Glassjaw tracks when writing music together.

The Deli: All right, give us the rundown. Where all on this big crazy web can you be found?


The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?

Maps: Tell someone you love them today, hug a friend, and dont be scared to get in the pit and always help the fallen get up.
 
Maps for Travelers is:
Zach Brotherton – vocals, guitar
RL Brooks – vocals, guitar, trumpet
Kevin Medina – bass
Derek White – drums
 
You can see Maps for Travelers this Saturday, February 2, where they will be playing the second MidCoast Takeover fundraiser at Riot Room. The group will be playing at 11:15, along with Various Blonde, Drop A Grand, and Six Percent. Tickets available here.
 
--Michelle Bacon
 
 
   

Behind the Scenes with The Latenight Callers

For the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring artists playing the MidCoast Takeover fundraiser shows, sponsored by Midwest Music Foundation.

 
It’s 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning, which for this reviewer typically equates to a dog on each side and blanket after blanket piled upon my bed. Instead, I’m braving the brisk winter air of Midtown to talk with a band whose name is acutely contradictory to my being awake.
 
If you don’t know them, you have to wonder what The Latenight Callers are really like, especially during the early morning hours (relatively speaking). You also might be wondering what the band’s new recording sounds like. To provide a quick perspective: the four members (Ms. Ellen [O’Hayer] was unavailable for comment that day) were awake and pleasant, and the upcoming LP leaves nothing to be desired for this skyrocketing Kansas City group.
 
I met with Ms. Julie, Mr. Mac, Mr. Nemeth, and Mr. Combs at Weights and Measures Soundlab, where they’ve been tracking with veteran engineer (and musician) Duane Trower (currently of Olivetti Letter; formerly of Season To Risk, Doris Henson, Overstep).
 
 
“The character of Duane’s gear helps us portray the character of the band, in the essence that everything is out of another time,” said baritone guitarist Krysztof Nemeth. Trower boasts an array of obscure, vintage gear, as well as equipment he’s built himself, which the band believes help keep its sound as unique as possible.
 
Unlike the band’s previous two EP recordings (The Latenight Callers and Easy Virtues). the full-length will be mixed by Trower (who mastered Easy Virtues) instead of recorded by Nemeth. Keyboardist/electronic sound guru Nick Combs mentioned that Trower seemed to be the perfect fit for the band’s upcoming album. “We needed someone that wouldn’t make us sound precious. With Duane’s own experience as a musician, we knew he’d give us the heftier sound we’ve been looking for.” Recording in a studio has given the band the freedom to explore its music, most of which will be new and some of which will be re-recorded from the first EP.
 
 
The new full-length, still untitled, seems to be more of a collaborative effort than previous recordings, with tracks built by each individual member to serve each song. The Callers’ first EP was written, produced, and performed by Nemeth and frontwoman Julie Berndsen, before the other three members were added to the mix. After 3 years, the band has gained a collective maturity and a strong foothold in the local scene, and the new tracks show that each member knows what element to bring to write a song that is uniquely The Latenight Callers.
 
Berndsen noted, “Everyone has the goal of creating a cohesive song, but we had to really think about… does each piece complement the particular song?” Berndsen and O’Hayer recorded their vocals in a session after each instrument had been laid down, which, according to the group, enhanced the emotive aspects of each track.
 
 
“With recording, we have to step back from our individual roles and look at it from a distance to gain perspective of what our audience will recognize and respond viscerally to,” said Nemeth. Combs added, “Instead of just one person’s vision, it’s all five of us. We’re listening to the arrangements and orchestration instead of just thinking about ‘my part.’”
 
With plans to release this album in the spring and big shows in the works, 2013 promises to be another tremendous year for The Latenight Callers. Stay tuned.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Editor’s note: Bassist Gavin Mac was available for comment, but settled upon curling up in the studio’s comfortable leather couch and settled in for a long winter’s nap. Left-handed bass players are prone to hibernation at this and all other times of year.
 
The Latenight Callers will be performing some of the songs from its upcoming album this Friday, February 1, at Czar Bar, for the second MidCoast Takeover fundraiser show. The Callers will headline the show, playing at 12:00 a.m. after Jorge Arana Trio, Eyelit, and Tiny Horse. Tickets are available here. The band will also be performing at the MidCoast Takeover show at SXSW on Saturday, March 16 at Shangri-La in Austin, Texas.
 
Photos by Randy Pace. Please do not use without permission.
 
--Michelle Bacon