nov 8

KJHK Farmer's Ball (early show!)

with Soundquist / Rusty Scott / Five Defy / Mammoth Life


Download our podcast preview of KJHK's annual fresh sounds of Lawrence fest, this the 2007 edition of Farmer's Ball.If one were looking for an abbreviated introduction to Lawrence's best new bands, KJHK's Farmer's Ball would be the ideal place to start. The competitive aspect of the annual battle-of-the-bands usually takes a backseat to the camaraderie, which is usually in fell effect despite a wide breadth of musical styles.This year's crop features wet-behind-the-ears acts like Les Somniferes (French pop), Mammoth Life (indie pop), Stik Figa (hip-hop), The Jen Say Kwahs (rock), Blue(ish) (electro folk), Soundquist (experimental electronic), Rusty Scott (Americana) and Five Defy (rock). They'll go toe-to-toe in four-band bouts Thursday and Friday and seek a knockout blow at Saturday's finals at The Bottleneck.TonightSoundquistRusty ScottFive DefyMammoth Life

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hankscorpio74 15 years, 1 month ago

Mammoth Life is an art movement focused on three elements: approachability, experimentation, and progression. The album reflects those values, and expands on experimentation in melody. The record is constructed like a kaleidoscope, in that there are multiple sections of music within each song, two to three part vocal harmony over layered melodies in the backing tracks, with many other instruments and sounds fleshing out the lush arrangements within Kaleidoscopic Art Pop. Yet with all the colors found inside this album there is still a cohesive overall sound that is multi faceted, but not overly distracting. This provides the active listener with many engaging and stimulating sounds, but allows the passive listener to still be struck by the sheer vibrant approachability that Mammoth Life records represent with their vocal melodies and attractive yet unique pop music.

Mammoth Life is a functioning unit that relies tremendously on each member's unique contribution to the overall end product. The process begins with Nicholas and Elizabeth's musical compositions and arrangements, followed by Nicholas and Nathan fleshing out the lyrics. Once the foundation is set between these three members, Mammoth Life as a whole begins to function as each other member begins molding these songs into magical vibrant suites lasting three to four minutes. With Bobby and Liz's delicate and attractive vocal blend, Melicen'ts incredible understanding of melody and theory, and Will's natural ability with beat, these songs take shape and flower into full fruition.

The artistic movement is influenced by multiple staple artists in pop music including Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys (1965-1967), Joe Meek and Motown Productions, and Simon and Garfunkel, just to name a few. But also, other equally important influences include our natural landscape and habitat here in Lawrence Kansas and the Midwest, not to mention an incredible pull from white spiritual forces on the emotions and beat of our chests.

"Virtue In A Sense, Born With Eyes, Interpretation Rapid Changing Times. Illumination, I Perceive, What Is White and What Is Pure To Me."

aside from these guys being the most pretentious band in the history of lawrence, are they also racists, cokeheads, or new-age-crystal worshippers? here's to hoping it's a little of all three.

gag me on a cigarette butt.

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