Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

We like to call ourselves noir-a-go-go.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

The Emerging Act and Rock categories are absolutely chock-full of groups we adore! That said, our baritone guitarist, Mr. Nemeth, would like to point out that he's a huge fan of Mansion, for the Metal category, because he "likes to get his face melted by their sonic onslaught of pure awesome."

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

Mr. Nemeth just has too many court orders.

Making Movies

What's new?

We just got home from our first show in Las Vegas, and needless to say, it was a blast. We just released a 7-inch and EP called Aguardiente and will be releasing our sophomore album later this fall. We had the amazing opportunity of recording with producer Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos fame). He was able to take our music to another level. I can't wait to share it with the world.

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

Undeniable. Well, at least that's what we are aiming for. When music is great, you really don't have to say much.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

I'm a fan of Mark Lowrey because he is far better at playing his instrument than I will ever be at playing my instrument. I also dig the ACBs. My friend Mike Nolte played me some of their new stuff, and it's really good. I think Konnor [Ervin] is a great songwriter.

What's your favorite KC venue?

I think my favorite venue has to be Knuckleheads. It's in a bizarre location and seems to exist entirely in its own world. The venue harkens back to a day before entertainment conglomerates started screwing up the music business. Also, the night we opened up for Los Lobos at Knuckleheads last year changed a lot of things for our band.

What do you like about KC as a music town?

I think we've stayed here for many reasons. One, we have found a group of loyal supporters here in Kansas City, and we feel really lucky to have that in our hometown. I also feel like the music scene is growing. I've seen bigger local shows this year than I've ever seen in Kansas City. Also, after traveling, Kansas City is a great town to come home to. Life is simple here, you know?

The Good Foot

What's new?

We've been traveling and playing a lot regionally in recent months, but we've had some great shows here in KC this year, as well. Carnivale du Soul with Hearts of Darkness at the Uptown, Spring Dance at Crossroads, and opening for George Clinton have been some of the highlights.

Any recent releases or anything on the horizon?

Since releasing our 7-inch single, "Bad Way," in February, we're continually working on new original material, and we hope to have a full-length album done later this year.

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

There's a really strong community of musicians here, which I think helps drive the quality of the music across the board. Oh, and Y.J.'s and Oklahoma Joe's.

The New Riddim

What's new?

Our debut album, Kidnapped!, was released at the end of June.

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

A perfect mix of ska, soul, and rock and roll.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

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