Kids & Explosions
Kids & Explosions is a boy who makes songs by stealing other people's songs and making them worse.
The Artist Formally Known As Vince
“On Display” is the new record from TAFKAVince band, to be released in the summer of 2011. The band was feeling ready to get to work so in we went to producer Tony SanFilippo’s Oxide Lounge. A couple days laying basics for some songs that had been played live. Then a month for TAFKAVince to write the rest of the songs: and the band to work them up for session two. Another quick session and basics (and then some) done. Time to bring in the guests. First up a field trip to The Bunker in Brooklyn NY, to lay some guitar tracks with Aaron Lee Tasjan (Madison Square Gardeners. Weird Ohio,NY Dolls, Semi Precious Weapons). Back to IL to record Ed Anderson-guitar (Backyard Tire Fire) Vee Sonnets-keys & guitar (The Sonnets, The Maybenauts, The Hamburglars). Staying in the analog realm the record will be a record, a limited edition vinyl release (with download included). While the song writing is still rooted in glitter & guts with a sprinkling of power pop, this record has expanded the bands sonic pallet. A fine combination of their glam trash roots, and a little sparkle for the ears. The band will be playing shows around the mid-west and will do a short tour of the south and east coast in support of the release.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album “Postmodern Rock” quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Sountrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums “New Infection” and “Turn It On”.
The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV’s “The Hills,” “The City”and “Laguna Beach,” NBC’s “Windfall”; Animal Planet’s “Jockeys” and they’ve played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ.
The Melismatics released “The Acid Test” on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Har Mar Superstar, etc) caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for “Digging Deep” charted at #4 on MTVU and received widespread airplay.
The Melismatics’ upcoming album “MANIA!” was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star, along with Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, Golden Smog, The Replacements) and was mixed by John Fields. The LP was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by Chris Athens (Coldplay, Beastie Boys, NERD, etc) and features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who also lends vocals to several tracks.
The Melismatics have found a sound all their own that is familiar yet unique, euphoric and adventurous. The Melismatics’ sound is constantly evolving and developing– as The Onion put it, “no one ever accused The Melismatics of being predictable.”
Tomorrow the Moon
Tomorrow, The Moon is a new band occupied by characters who have worked in the past with John Cale, Tommy Keene, Impossible Recording Machine, Manishevitz, The Most Dangerous Race, and probably your cousin out in L.A. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, download some songs while they're still free.
Steve Gerlach - Vocals Guitars
Ryan Nelson - Bass
Jim Dinou - Synth
John Carpender - Drums
DJ Johnny Kesh
DJ Johnny Kesh, a.k.a. Arunas Ingaunis, is a music fan and devotee for over 30 years. Musical influences include, but not limited to: Pop, Rock, Disco, Electronic, Hip Hop, Prog, Psych, Metal, Punk, Gypsy, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Blues and the list goes on...and this is what you just might expect to hear from Johnny Kesh on any given night, as he is always bringing together an eclectic blend of personal favorites with undisputed classics no matter what genre.