If the moniker for the combustible punk jazz trio The Dead Kenny Gs doesnâ€™t say it all at first glance, one listen to their latest album Operation Long Leash quickly makes intentions clear. Saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser and drummer/percussionistÂ Mike Dillonare committed to musical subversion of the highest order.
Exploring a muso obsession of musical styles and sonic colors, The Dead Kenny Gs have both the courage and the chops to realize their wildest aural visions. One moment they draw inspiration from punk legends The Minutemen, the next finds them embracing the spirit of jazz giant Rahsaan Roland Kirk and still another speaks to the influence of indie rock progenitors Deerhoof; yet all the while sounding purely DKGs.
To further that extent, it’s not just music informing the trio’s voice, but a keen understanding of political conspiracy in American history. The title of the DKGs latest album, Operation Long Leash, comes from the clandestine CIA operation in the late â€˜40s to fund Abstract Expressionism as a means for Western culture to undermine the rigid, confined and conformist ideals of the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.
The Dead Kenny GsÂ hit the southeast in January for a headline tour.
THE DEAD KENNY Gs Upcoming Tour Dates:
January 16 | Will’s Pub | Orlando, FL
January 17 | Jack Rabbits | Jacksonville, FL
January 18 | Pour House | Charleston, SC
January 19 | Pour House | Raleigh, NC
January 20 | One Stop | Asheville, NC