Cerebral Ballzy

Cerebral Ballzy

Black On Black, Smash The State

Tue, September 23, 2014

7:30 pm

Czar Bar

Kansas City, MO

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Cerebral Ballzy
Cerebral Ballzy
There's a new band in New York City. Of course, there are a lot of new bands in New York City, but a good chunk of them belong to a world inhabited by smarty-pants artsy types like Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and the foppish Vampire Weekend. This lot are different. Their name is Cerebral Ballzy, which is neither big nor clever, and in being neither big nor clever, seems to do quite a good job of defining what one might describe as their essence.

Five kids from the end of Brooklyn yet to experience the coffee shops and bijou boutiques carried along in New York's waves of gentrification, they play a raggedy, breakneck punk steeped in the music of early-80s hardcore icons Minor Threat and Bad Brains.

-Louis Pattison of 'The Guardian'
Black On Black
Black On Black
Lawrence’s own self-described American garage punk band Black on Black flies in the face of what is currently perceived, in some circles, as cool. They do not have a gimmick, they haven’t incorporated glockenspiel and banjo into the music to appease the indie kids, they do not rehash Misfits or Black Flag riffs to grab the punk vote, no. Black on Black just makes aggressive yet melodic music that gets your attention, throttles it, and refuses to let go.

Formed in 2012 with members Wade Kelly, John Benda, and Aaron Riffel, Black on Black is a band whose music is at a quality level that screams for more attention. Last fall, the band released Help Yourself, an EP that takes the aggressiveness of Minor Threat, the harmony of Bad Religion, the groove of Gang of Four, the guitar acrobatics of Dinosaur Jr., the force of OFF!, and the heartfelt lyrical craft of Archers of Loaf and steps on them, bends them, crushes them, recasts them as a sound that is entirely Black on Black. Songs like “Lush Woods,” “Closed Gate,” “The Bitch and the Bastard,” and “Paid Piper” coupled with a no-frills power driven live show makes them the best unsigned band I’ve heard in years, if not ever.
Smash The State
Smash The State
Members: Dustin, Matt, Josh, Mike and Thad

Sounds Like: Propagandhi, Leftöver Crack, INDK, Coalesce, Bad Brains

Label: Third-Rate Recordings

Bio: Five dirtbags, thugs, bastards and hooligans who have gotten together to bring hardcore punk rock back to KC.
Venue Information:
Czar Bar
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
http://www.czarkc.com/