Westward, Rumble Gums, Panther Milk, and Mojave Nomads
One of the things I love about my studio is its only a few short blocks from Kilby Court. Kilby hosts a lot of different shows and this one was a new one for me.
Beginning the night was the inter-galactic space rock of Westward. This trio takes strong cues from Muse and the trio has the talent to match. All three of them make up a really tight performance with great stage presence. Their music is exciting and engaging. Over years I have learned it’s not as much about the actual songs but the performance you put on, and these guys put on a great one.
Rumble Gums came up next and they were… a surpirse. The best way to describe them is soul music, with a blues guitarist, and a rapper. Complete with tasty guitar licks, organ, songs about girls, and that good old P-bass sound, twas groovy. Halfway through, they were joined by another rapper who was dressed in a bath robe (and later a dress), and really turned things up. Rap has never really been something I have looked heavily into but Kilby Court was really moving. These guys really know how to put on a show.
Next was Panther Milk and they continued the Soul feel with a modern day Earth Wind and Fire sound. Classic 4 piece, joined by a Sax player. I don’t know if this is the new sound of the next 5 years (wouldn’t surprise me), but people were loving it. I can’t honestly say anything bad about these guys. I have seen similar acts rock with that sound, but seem a little immature off stage. These guys were a class act.
Finally was Mojave Nomads, a group that’s been seeing success up and down the Wasatch front even though they hail from the Ogden area. I have seen videos and heard them packing houses in Provo and I can now understand why. Their music is more than what their Black Sheep EP gives them credit for. Tight, a perfect blend of keyboards and guitar, and spot on vocals. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but was very impressed. I think they’re songwriting could use a little growth but that’s to be expected from them being a young band. Most importantly though, they played like band and not 5 different guys.
Honestly this was one of the tightest all around “underground” performances I have ever seen. While most of these bands could still be considered unknown, their performances shouldn’t be. It really is worth seeing any of these guys live.