January 31st was a cold bone chilling Thursday night in Buffalo. When most would be seeking refuge in their warm homes, there is a breed of individual who foregoes this notion. They bundle up and brave the elements like a true Buffalonian with purpose and direction. The purpose, one fantastic night of music will be happening. The direction, Dukes Bohemian Grove Bar (DBGB’s) where Eclectic Collective Entertainment presents Space Junk and Jimkata. Located in Allentown District, DBGB’s has long established themselves as a forerunner in bringing first class talent to the area in an extremely intimate setting.
Both bands have quite the following in this area, always packing them in where ever they play. Tonight was no exception, and despite the bitter temperatures, the hearty and faithful came out to and packed DBGB’s. Space Junk, a Buffalo-based band which has been going strong for the past several years opened the show. The band has bridged the gap between the DJ and Jam scene in Western NY. With their unique sound, mixing traditional rock structure, scorching hot peaks, and complex developmental jamming, this quartet uses house influenced improvised EDM as the force to separate them from your typical solo based Jamband. The band is comprised of members Kevin Rogers (drums), Matt Fantini (guitar) and Will Thompson (bass) and most recently added keyboardist and DJ, Nick Orlando, better known as Lando Magic in the Rochester area. With this addition, the band has taken their sound to a new level and has opened more doors to improvisation.
The band does not focus on having one single person taking a solo; instead they try to really take the guitar, bass, and drums as a rhythm section and try to move as one single unit. It’s a collective thing where everybody is sharing space, making sure there’s room for each person to have equal room instrumentally. Space Junk is sure to keep your feet moving, your blood pumping, and your brain in frenzy. Close your eyes during one of their jams and you will see four analog musicians transform into an eight-armed digital beast. Fueled by Hheavy delays, face-melting guitar solos, mind bending electro jams and an ambiguous drummer/DJ/keyboardist (Yes, their drummer does all three simultaneously), Space Junk is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming future. Their shows are like a junkie and his bad habit, you are sure to be left wanting more.
Setlist: Yesterday, Cowboys vs. Aliens > Better off Alone (Cover, Alice Deejay)> Cowboys vs. Aliens, Birds of Prey > Jewelz > Birds of Prey, Medullah >King Russell
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Jimkata has emerged from the modern musical world to convince you otherwise. Jimkata is a nationally touring electro-rock band blending heavy beats, synthy hooks and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Currently, the band is out on tour in support of their new fan-funded record, Die Digital, the album is an anthemic dance-pop nugget complete with 21st century, infectious guitar hooks.
Jimkata is a band that delivers one fantastic performance after another. This night was no exception. The band started off with a nice intro that segued into “Feed” followed by “Mind Crossing”. By this point, hearts were pumping with excitement as the crowd got its groove on. While inspired by the world of improvisational and progressive music, Jimkata songs focus on structure, textures and layers with vibrant world-conscious lyrics. Combining hair-raising rock and roll with an industrial touch of synthesizers, sampling, and electronic drums pushes the sound to the edge modern lengths that this group can reach without leaving their rock roots.
Members Evan Friedell (lead vocals/guitar), Aaron Gorsch (guitar/synthesizer), Dave Rossi (bass, who was celebrating his birthday tonight) and Packy Lunn (drums) have set out to create original rock music that is both new and timeless. Bringing endless amounts of energy to every performance is a hallmark of this band. The crowd fell prey to the hypnotic sounds pulsating through the speakers, swaying en mass, some freely dancing. Their foundation of this Perpetual Groove sound was fueled big bass notes, spacey guitar rifts and powerful drumming. Jimkata combined this with unique lyrics that brought the audience along on this unique musical journey. Jimkata continued to push the envelope further as their set progressed, allowing the audience to discover the outer reaches of their improvisation and the crowd they ate it up wanting more. They concluded there set with “American Cars” and “Chainstore”, the very appreciative hot and sweaty audience responded with whistles, cheers and applause calling for one more song. Jimkata obliged, giving the audience one more for the road before the night conclude and launched into “Electronic Stone”.
Music moves people and that’s what these two bands were about, getting people moving. From the moment these bands stepped onto the stage till the end, people got their groove on at DBGBS. Young and hardworking, they continue earn their fans the old fashion way, one show at a time. There’s was a special journey that you got to go on with these groups. A crazy, fantastic musical experience and yet you hadn’t moved an inch while having the time of their life. There is no doubt that Space Junk and Jimkata are dedicated to one thing: inspiring every set of ears they can reach, leaving fans feeling powerful and alive!
Setlist: Intro, Feed> Mind Crossing, Night Shade>Chalice III>Devil’s in The Details, Die Digital> Lego Land, Concrete Beatdown>One to Ten, American Cars, Chainstore
Encore: Electronic Stone