Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 PM
10 months ago
Driftless Pony Club, Dangermaker, Daikon
DRIFTLESS PONY CLUB
With over ten years on the DIY indie rock circuit, Driftless Pony Club has harnessed the power of YouTube to expose their angular, 90s styled indie rock to a diverse and widespread fanbase totally outside of the mainstream music industry. Through his quirky Youtube videos, lead singer Craig Benzine (AKA Wheezy Waiter) has amassed over 350,000 subscribers and pulled in fans from all corners of the world. The Chicago-based crew (Craig Benzine, Matt Weber, Sam Grant, and Nate Bartley) has packed venues in cities across the United States with more shows and more cities in the works. Influenced by bands like The Pixies, Weezer, and most notably Modest Mouse, Driftless Pony Club has released three full length LPs and an EP. Their most recent album (released on DFTBA records), Buckminster, drew inspiration from the life and works of visionary architect, Buckminster Fuller yet " . . somehow manages to rock despite its nerdy genesis." With a Spring tour in the works for March, the band also hopes to release its next album by the end of June 2012.
Dangermaker's anticipated 2012 debut LP "Black Dream" is a bit dark and mysterious at times, yet also pervasively upbeat, catchy and fun, filled with "lots of energy, cool, dark, angular melodies" (David Bash of IPO). The album represents a true progression for the band musically, the new songs straddle Indie Dance Rock & Classic Alternative, somewhere between 70′s Bowie, The Clash & The Stooges, and The Stills, Spoon & Interpol. Inspired by this wide pool of influence, their recent personal struggle, and the desire to create a blend of musical styles that resonates with audiences, this core of passionate musicians has crafted a provocative debut album which has led to recent showcases at SXSW and CMJ, propelling the band forward into 2012.
The Group appreciates the work of Doug Martsch, Elvis Costello, Geoff Farina, Joe Jackson, John McEntire, Mac McCaughan, and Ian Mackaye in relatively equal measure, but tries to do their own thing. Members of the Group have spent time in the following bands: Under A Dying Sun, Bullets In, Dead Air Frequency, Ruhaeda, Inventing Edward, No Dice, Cedar, Touch Committee and Excited States. Despite all this, they remain optimistic and know what they are doing by now.