If the performance at the Brooklyn Bowl was any indication, the conclusion is clear: with Kick Rocks, Jon Gutwillig, guitarist and founding member of The Disco Biscuits, has found a “side-project” to rival that of his Bisco brethren, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner (Conspirator). But while Gutwillig isÂ unquestionably the front man,Â one would be remiss to consider the ensembleÂ to be all all about the Barber.Â Rather, the quartet that puts giants of the genre together, is a collective that is capable of rarely found fluidity in cases whereÂ four different people from four different successful bands are put into one outfit… especially when said outfit plays more than one gig together.Â In short, and inÂ what proved to be the mostÂ Â discussed topic after the gig in Brooklyn,Â Kick Rocks is Mike Greenfield (drums- Lotus),Â EliÂ WindermanÂ (keys-Â Dopapod),Â ClayÂ Parnell (bass- Brothers Past) and as noted above, Jon Gutwillig.
But no matter how good theÂ “pending supergroup”Â is, how well the different members’ sonic heritages blendedÂ with the others, howÂ greatÂ the fan interaction wasÂ between the variousÂ stage-represented factions or evenÂ how muchÂ funÂ the fourÂ Side KickersÂ appearedÂ to be having onstage,Â the longing for the Biscuits remained eternalÂ amongst theÂ vivaciousÂ dance and crazed hoots.
Afterward,Â those that had theÂ guts openly shared their hopeÂ that theÂ KRÂ project willÂ prove to beÂ a source of rejuvenation forÂ Gutwillig,Â a guyÂ whoseÂ signature sound, in part, spawned a following that gave electronic improvisational rock a place to dine at the “jam” table;Â for theÂ less optimistic:Â that the band’s less than warm moniker is not an odd and shitty way to part ways with those whose stylings complimented his more than any other’s ever could.
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