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3 Deep Presents
Other Americans / Monta At Odds / Emmaline Twist / Pageant Boys with visuals by XO Blackwater
Saturday, December 21, 2019
7 PM DOORS
8 PM SHOW
“Andy Warhol said “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting,” and there is some truth and wisdom in his words. Unfortunately it may not apply absolutely to new music. In particular, in 2018, where music fans have terabytes of data at their fingertips via streaming services, and independent record stores are becoming nearly extinct, new bands determine their brand before every playing a note and hire a well-oiled publicity machine to prime the pumps of corporate owned, online and print behemoths months before an album is released to listeners.
Writers, bloggers and critics aren’t bad guys so much as victims perpetuating a cycle of abuse. Inundated with hundreds of pitches a day, they pour over their inboxes looking for the buzz words that will fire the synapses to their fingers and ears. And, if a band is fortunate, they spend scarce nanoseconds before hanging a genre tag around a band like an albatross, assigning a hasty judgment on influenced plucked from decades of pop culture lexicon, and associating a prejudiced thumbs up, thumbs down, number or some other designator to the artist’s work; it is what most have time for in a culture of immediacy. The salacious, opinionated and brutal ones become click bait, and the earnest ones struggle to elbow into collective memory amidst the barrage of noise humans inhale daily.
Put bluntly, it is all a carefully orchestrated waiting game, a rouse, and it serves to pervert the proper introduction, and strip music fans of their own uncorrupted first impression and the simple, electric joy of discovery.
The band you are about to hear have no previous releases, no shows, no reviews to their credit. There isn’t any hype, spin, or spoilers. They are virgin electro alternative in its purest form, uncut, untainted, untouched and unspoiled by the critics. They’ve leveled the playing field for the sake of early adopters. And years from now, we’ll all be thinking back to this moment, the moment we were introduced to them. And we’ll ALL be able to recall with full hearts and fondness that we knew Other Americans when. “
Monta At Odds
Formed by Dedric and Delaney Moore, the brothers took their dream of downtempo and stirred in a mixture of space rock, dub, disco, electronica and psychedelica to create the sound of Monta At Odds.
Emmaline Twist constructs vast soundscapes that evoke the urgent, anxious energy of bustling cities enveloped by a sonic atmosphere as wide as the prairie sky. With the workmanlike spirit that is the hallmark of Midwestern rock music, Emmaline Twist combines the angular rhythms of post-punk with the dreamy ambience of shoegaze to create a sound unique to this Paris on the Plains.
Starting with the solid and driving foundation of rhythm section Jonathan Knecht (drums) and Kristin Conkright (bass), baritone guitarist Krysztof Nemeth and keyboardist Alex Alexander add layers of melodic structure and minimalist detail for singer / guitarist Meredith McGrade to wander through longingly with voice and lyrics. These are clean, tightly-crafted songs; not so much autobiographical documents as they are universal pronouncements, sonic explorations of a dark-yet-hopeful aesthetic that is truly a reflection of these anxious times.
These veteran musicians first came together in early 2016 and immediately found an audience eager for their moody, dark wave sound. They produced their first video single, “Vega” (dir. Steve Gardels), later that same year. In the Fall of 2017, they self-released the digital EP, Dissimulation I, as well as their second video — “Desperate Measures” (dir. Matt Lepley). In August of 2018 Emmaline Twist will release its debut vinyl LP, Dissimulation, on the Kansas City record label cooperative, Black Site. The album contains four brand new tunes plus completely remastered versions of the four tracks from the 2017 EP. A 45 rpm single of “Vega” (b/w “Moon Eyes”) is also due out this summer on Kansas City’s Eat.Hear.Records
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