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Cadillac Flambe
"Old American Law

Some bands have the ability to create music that reaches into a chasm of sorrow and affliction, exposing the deepest of wounds. With its latest release Old American LawCadillac Flambe boasts nine heavily weighted tracks that escort the listener through calamitous musical compositions, and tragic tales told by the mesmerizing vocals of husband and wife Kris and Havilah Bruders.

Since its previous release, Eli’s Porch, Cadillac Flambe has had to adjust its sound. The band’s harmonica player James “Pappy” Garrett, who was an integral component to its dark Americana blues approach, died in a car accident during the making of the 2011 EP. Shrinking down to a four-piece, the band has shifted in a decidedly more rock ‘n roll direction, still retaining its rootsy nature but packing a more substantial punch.
Ushered in by Kris Bruders’ signature gritty blues guitar sound, “Shakin’ Baby” sets the album in motion, highlighted additionally by Michael Payne’s massive but calculated drum work and Dave Duly’s perfectly in-the-pocket bass playing. On this album, Payne and Duly add a collective rhythmic wallop unheard in previous recordings, pervading the tunes with a rock and R&B heartbeat.
After the first track, you’re likely in for the ride, which allows Cadillac Flambe to pull you in to its turbulent descent.
This emotional tailspin careens to its greatest depths in “3 Bullets,” the album’s longest and most powerful track—one split into two distinct acts. In Act I, Havilah Bruders tells the story of a desperate mother trying to feed her child, reaching out to the church, the government, and the bank, and is turned away by each. Act II arrives in the middle of the song, which slows from a steady 4/4 to a haunting 6/8 groove, as she discloses the news of her child’s death. A chilling anguish is felt as Bruders’ voice rages, a deliriousness is experienced as she transitions from a quiet whimper to a grief-stricken roar, also revealing the song's final crux: the woman has murdered the three entities that indirectly caused her child's death. Her soul and gospel background is most noticeable here, as she carries us through each scene and makes us feel her misery and despair, measure by measure. It’s also apparent in “Sweet Chariot,” where she takes us through a woman’s frenzied fear of impending death, into her answered prayers of serenity and light.
Most of the songs on Old American Law were penned by Kris Bruders, whose own vocals have a mystic, commanding, but sincere quality to them. Take “Father to Son” for instance, a narrative about a father’s beliefs and pressures onto his son. Bruders’ vocal delivery at once contains the father’s threatening tone and the son’s subsequent harsh, casual defiance. In the album’s title track, his voice characterizes the overall personality of the album. His words and the dusty Delta blues sound of his hollow-body custom magnesium guitar convey the voice of an uncompromising outlaw. Bruders’ authoritative, booming vocals—often coupled with his wife’s harmonies, sometimes impassioned, sometimes a simple adornment to his own—and the unique gravel of his guitar dig into the meat of each song.
Plenty of bands write songs about death, family strife, social issues, and religious conviction, yet few are able to execute it as effectively as Cadillac Flambe does in Old American Law. The throttle of the rhythm section, the bedraggled, melancholy guitar tones, the dissonant piano chords, and the soulful vocals push the message of each song to the forefront. The LP, which was tracked, mixed, and mastered at Little Class Records by Keegan Smith, is the strongest manifestation of anything the band has released to date. 
--Michelle Bacon


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(Photo by Todd Zimmer)
Lawrence, Kansas (affectionately to be referred to henceforth as LFK) continues to be a source of the kinds of music that I want to hear more of and know more about. One band in particular has really caught my ear of late with a sound that’s raw, dirty, energetic, and undeniably attention-grabbing: The Sluts, a bare-bones twosome consisting of Kristoffer Dover on drums and Ryan Wise on guitar and vocals. Two musicians, no more, no less … but as the sounds you’ll hear on their new EP Loser will demonstrate, two musicians is plenty when it comes to making a substantial sonic statement.
Their mix of garage, punk, and grunge kicks things off with the opener, “Let Me Go,” as The Sluts tear things up with a grimy bounce firmly entrenched in 4/4 time. “Loser” starts with a tip of the cap to upbeat new wavey rhythms, but 25 seconds into the track, the boys re-establish the power presence that is their raison d’etre (how’s THAT for some damn NPR-speak, kids?). “Green” and “Linger” wrap up the four-track, barely-more-than-ten-minute EP with the sound that I’ve most commonly described as “Nirvana without Krist Novoselic,” as Wise’s sneering vocals and snarling guitar combined with Dover’s relentlessly on-point percussion give the music just a bit of Bleach-era homage while sounding very much of the present day.
I had the honor of introducing The Sluts during this year’s Midcoast Takeover at SXSW; they were on the roster of the I Heart Local Music / Whatever Forever day-party that featured more examples of LFK’s finest (Black on Black, Shy Boys, Josh Berwanger Band, and Oils/CS Luxem). After a couple long days of music and food truck fare and drinking, the abrasive grind of The Sluts was a much-needed Brillo pad to the brain. Give Loser a listen, and keep an eye out for this band.
Love me some dirty, filthy, nasty The Sluts. Awwww yeahhhhhh.
-Michael Byars

Michael can use the phrase “raison d’etre” in the same review as the phrase “awwww yeahhhhh,” because that’s how he rolls. 




Editor’s note: Loser was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Joel Nanos at Element Recording. Photos taken at Element by Todd Zimmer.

Catch The Sluts this Friday at Liberty Hall; they’ll be playing #ASSJAMZ: Bands That Will Make You Dance, along with Approach, Paper Buffalo, and Spencer Brown. Show starts at 8 pm. Facebook event page. If you’re in KC, see them this Sunday at Vandals. They’ll be joined by fellow LFKers Mr. and the Mrs., Mannequin Pussy (NYC), and KC’s Anson the Ornery. Facebook event page. 

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August 21, 2014

Though they’ve only been a band for under a year, Captiva is already playing shows at larger venues and getting attention for its cool indie funk/folk approach. We talk with the guys to find out more about them and what they have in the works.
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?
Captiva: Our music is phunky fresh yet lavish indie rock.
The Deli: Give us some background on the band.
Captiva: Captiva has been together for about 9 months now. Pat McQuaid and Jackson Ries met while in high school, and began writing some soft, "poppy" kind of tunes. Once we had begun the process of producing our first album, we discovered Hank Wiedel, who brought us into the music scene and has been booking/co-managing the band ever since.
The Deli: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a band?
Captiva: Our greatest accomplishments so far include landing a show with co-headlining The Granada, performing on live TV/radio, releasing our first album, planning our first tour, and finding what exactly makes us who we are as musicians and friends. We've experienced a lot of success since our arrival in the music scene, and it's all been pretty quick, but we're most pleased with how true we have stayed to ourselves. Through all of the traveling, performing, recording, and promotion, Captiva has managed to stay a strong family.
The Deli: You recently released your debut album. What can people expect from it?
Captiva: We just released Basement Creations this summer. We are back in the studio, and plan on releasing a series of singles, including “Floatin' on Sound,” “Mid-Wild West.”
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?
Captiva: Supporting local music is everything to us. It's a blessing to be surrounded by a music scene that is so talented and professional. It's not hard to find an act that is, first and foremost, true to their music, unlike half of the top artists today.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?
Captiva: Our favorite local musicians right now include La Guerre, She's A Keeper, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Rev Gusto, and Not A Planet. All of these bands are so kick-ass. We've gotten to perform with La Guerre recently, and she completely blew us away.
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
Captiva: We truly love The Lonely Biscuits, AER, New Madrid, and Twenty One Pilots. We really dig Dirty Heads... They've got a unique sound that is super easy to listen to.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?
Captiva: Twenty One Pilots, AER, The Lonely Biscuits, and us.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why? 
Captiva: Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots is a huge influence on our live performance. Gene Simmons... I mean he's from KISS. Shouldn't that be enough? Jimmy Page is without a doubt one of the best names to ever be associated with the word guitar, and Grady Wenrich of The Lonely Biscuits knows how to keep it gravy. We like that. We like that a lot.
The Deli: What other goals does Captiva have for 2014?
Captiva: Our main focus is to establish a strong, diverse fan base in Kansas City and in Lawrence. Also, we're hoping to release a new EP sometime before the new year!
The Deli: Where can we find you on the web?
Captiva: You can find us literally everywhere.
Twitter: @CaptivaTweets
Instagram: Captivamusic
Snapchat (Why not?): Snap-tiva
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?
Captiva: Make sure to see us at The Granada with Matt Easton on September 10! It's our biggest show yet, we'll be playing a lot of new music and making some pretty big announcements, and the tickets are going fast! And, lastly, ~Stay Buzzed~
Captiva is:
Pat McQuaid: guitar
Jackson Ries: vocals
Hank Wiedel: drums

You can catch Captiva at Czar Bar next Wednesday, August 27, with Acidic. They’ll also be back at The Granada on September 10 with Matt Easton. Facebook event page.

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August 15, 2014

(Photo by Roshelle Hudson)
Morningglories is one of the newest bands in Kansas City. A four-piece with talented, experienced players, the group is evolving as a garage punk/pop force with thunderous grooves. The band’s primary songwriter, Alex Dunsford, talks to us a bit about what Morningglories has up its sleeve.
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?
Alex Dunsford: Punk rock garage pop—kicking out the jams.
The Deli: Give us some background on the band.
Dunsford: Morningglories is me, Alex Dunsford, Tom Hudson playing the drums, Meredith McGrade also playing guitar and singing, and Steve Gardels playing bass. It's fun to have Steve back on bass and out from behind the kit; it's been a long time since we've played together guitar/bass. The last time was probably the short lived but profound jam sessions of Methamphetaminefield.
The band is about groove-centered rock ‘n roll. The rhythm section does all the work, and Meredith and I layer over those rhythmic hooks with harmonies and sounds. But we all like to play with some speed and intensity, so it takes the outward form of garage punk. I want to make music that has a lot of physical drive and makes people feel like moving around and having a good time. I want to distill pure enjoyment down to a distorted waveform and wash people over with it.
The Deli: You recently released your three-song EP debut, Wilderness Songs, in June. What should people expect from it?
Dunsford: You can expect the songs and style that define this first stage of the band's existence. I love this record because we made it immediately upon forming, before we even played our first show. Working on recorded music is one of my favorite parts of being in a band, and I think it really shaped the way we play together to start on this type of project from the very beginning; even when we were still writing the songs, we were planning them out to be recorded.
We captured a really raw and exciting moment in our time together—the irresponsible and irrational exuberance of a new project, before any serious obstacles can make it too real. I think that mindset of optimism and rock n roll magic comes through on the record. We had so much fun making it. Johnhenry Grothaus actually plays bass on the recording, before he moved and Steve became the final piece of the puzzle.
We owe a lot of that experience to Duane Trower at Weights & Measures Soundlab, who not only is a brilliant recording and mastering engineer, but has created one of my favorite environments to work in. The space seems to have a natural bristling of energy that makes it very satisfying to make music there. Lots of YJ's coffee may also contribute to that.
The Deli: What shows do you have coming up?
Dunsford: We play next at Vandals Summer Kamp Fest, which is looking to be one of the coolest parties for punk and independent music that we've had in a long time. They're hosting 19 out of town bands, from different states all over the region. I'm incredibly impressed and very happy about all the effort that so many people in so many different music styles are putting out to make Kansas City a music hub and destination spot. It couldn't happen without the strength of the local music community, though, to keep the lights on when the touring bands are away.
After that, on October 17, we'll be playing at Coda with The B'Dinas, who just released their first full-length album, Fruitcakes. It's probably too much of a pun to describe it as “delicious,” but it contains some tunes that should be a part of your life. The B'Dinas have some of the best musicians in KC right now, and if you've never seen them, you'll be impressed.
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?
Dunsford: Supporting local music is not only about attending shows but about the personal relationships you form with the other people who are involved. The scene needs to exist 365 days a year, not just during the festivals and events, so encouraging and being helpful and positive to each other is how we sustain ourselves day to day, so that we have the strength and inspiration to make things happen.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?
Dunsford: Katy Guillen, Claire Adams, and Stephanie Williams of Katy Guillen & the Girls; Ryan Shank of Outsides (everybody in that band, really, they're all good); Josh Berwanger of his namesake band, Steve Tulipana of everything ever, and Britt Adair, Caitlin Curry, Breaka Dawn, and George Magers from The Bad Ideas. There's no way to list everyone who's making great music right now. It's a good problem to have.
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
Dunsford: James Kelly (WIFE, Altar of Plagues), St. Vincent, Josh Homme, the one and only Valient Himself, Josh Freese, Steve Earle, Brent Hinds and Brann Dailor, Carrie Brownstein, everyone in Fucked Up, Laura Pleasants.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?
Dunsford: Hot Snakes, Valient Thorr, Queens of the Stone Age.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why? 
Dunsford: Steve: Ozzy, George Harrison, Joe Strummer, Keith Moon.
Alex: Kirk Hammett, Thurston Moore, David Gilmour, John Fogerty.
Meredith: Joan Jett, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith.
Tom: Thom Yorke, John Bonham, David Bowie, Dave Grohl.
We couldn't come to a consensus, so we're going to have to use more than one mountain to put all these faces up.
The Deli: What other goals do Morningglories have for 2014?
Dunsford: Our goals for 2014 are to write and rehearse new songs. Our set at Summer Kamp will have new material, and at Coda we'll have even more. I never want to play the same show twice. We'll also be planning some out of town gigs in the region, and starting to lay the foundation for more recording next year.
The Deli: Where can we find you on the web?
Dunsford: Obviously the Facebook page, the workhorse of the web crew. What's more interesting is our Bandcamp page, where the EP Wilderness Songs is available for pay what you want download. I'd love to see more people on the page with the music on it than liking a facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/mglories
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?
Dunsford: Fender guitar saddles aren't all the same size. Make sure you measure the screw spacing before you buy new ones.
Morningglories is:
Alex Dunsford: guitar, vocals
Steve Gardels: bass
Tom Hudson: drums
Meredith McGrade: guitar, vocals

Morningglories will be at Vandals for the Summer Kamp Fest this Sunday on the indoor stage at 9:45 pm. You can see them and 30 other bands for only $10 each night. Facebook event page.

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August 15, 2014

(Photo by Malachi Lee)

Congrats to Ay MusiK, our August artist of the month! This four-piece group, led by AY himself, is making waves in Kansas City and around the country. Often performing on street corners and venues across the country, Ay MusiK has made a name for itself, now opening up for national acts like T-Pain and Aaron Carter. AY tells us more about the band in this Q&A. 
The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?
AY: Music that keeps dreaming alive.
The Deli: Give us some background on the band.
AY: I've been doing music for over 4 years now. I was on The X-Factor back in 2012 and got 4 yeses from celebrity judges LA Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, and Louis Walsh. Although my audition never aired, I learned a lot from the experience and publicity.
We are a four-piece band. Our lineup is Daniel Cole (D Cole), Hailey Canalas, Ralph Jackson, and myself!
D Cole has been doing professional music for awhile and drums for national recording artist XV. He has also toured behind B.O.B, T.I., Big Sean and more. Hailey Canalas, our lead vocalist, has been singing for over 10 years, and Ralph has over 10 years of experience as well.
We've been together as a group for over a year now. The story of how we starting doing music together isn't that exciting. I never got booked much around Kansas City and I felt my music didn't reach enough people. I wanted to really get out there and #SayHey to the world with my music. Hailey was already singing with me at the time so I messaged D Cole about an idea I had for a self-made tour called #BatteryTour. I wanted to set up on street corners all over America (starting in KC) and perform my music right to the people. That’s how we started. Ralph came shortly after seeing us performing on the Country Club Plaza!
The Deli: So, you do shows on the Plaza?
AY: Everyone is welcome to see our FREE #BatteryTour shows we do WEEKLY at the Country Club Plaza or in Lawrence on Massachusetts Street. If we’re not performing at a venue, we’re on the street performing for the people!
The Deli: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a band?
AY: I think our greatest accomplishment so far would be this #BatteryTour. Without any backing, label or outside investors we've toured and performed in Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Iowa and more! It's been amazing to accomplish national touring so early in our careers. Landing on the upcoming MTV show Made once they spotted us on the corner last year was pretty awesome as well. We can't wait to see the episode when it's finally released to the public.
The Deli: Tell us about your latest EP, Above and Beyond.
AY: After 3 years of hard work our first EP just released a few months ago. It's called the Above and Beyond, and includes our singles "Say Hey" (over 20,000 Youtube views) and "Creep Creep (The Anthem).”
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?
AY: Supporting local music means the world to me because I’m a local artist. Honestly I would be nothing without LOCAL support. The only reason I’m able to travel the country is because of tips/donations when we street perform. I understand that support can help boost you through to your dreams and goals. Therefore I try my best to support others.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?
AY: I love Captiva! One of the best local bands in Kansas City, hands down!
The Deli: Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
AY: Twenty One Pilots. High-energy, heartfelt performances and perfection in every lyric.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?
AY: This will change day by day. But right NOW...I'd say AY MusiK would open, Ed Sheeran would take the stage after, Twenty One Pilots would rock out after Ed, Justin Timberlake with a legendary performance after, and Coldplay would close out the night! My #DREAMSHOW.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why? 
AY: Michael Jackson has to be my first face. Michael plainly WAS the essence of music itself. It wouldn't be a Rushmore without Michael.
Honestly, one of the faces would be the many faces of past and present backup singers. I watched a movie called 20 Feet From Stardom recently. Millions of people know their voices, but no one knows their names. Many of these backup singers are behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.
The third face for me would be Prince because, well, Prince is freaking amazing.
The last face wouldn't be a face at all! It would be a computer screen! And on the screen would be chiseled images of hundreds of musicians and artists. I'd do this to symbolize how the Internet has changed music and has made it possible for anyone to have a successful musical career. The global shift in labels, music and the independent artist must be documented as a huge notch in time.
The Deli: What other goals does Ay MusiK have for 2014?
AY: I want to ink a national booking deal with a major booking agency. That would be awesome. I dream of the possibility to #SayHey to the world while opening up for a major artist on a major tour. We work very hard to position ourselves for this to be a possibility; it’d be amazing if it happened. Lastly, I plan on working on my album and developing more of my own ideas. I also work with friend and partner Thomas Jackson (Tomajack), one of the best producers in the world, and he’ll assist on the album.
The Deli: Where can we find you on the web?
AY: We try to be everywhere! You can hear or buy our music anywhere digital music is sold. (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Soundcloud, etc). You can also visit us at AYmusiK.com, Twitter/Instagram @AYmusiK, and facebook.com/AYmusiK.
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?
AY: You can do anything you set your mind to. Never let anybody or anything stop you from whatever your dreams or goals may be. I started street performing because I felt like I had to go #AboveandBeyond to #SayHey to the world with my music. Now I’m being interviewed by a magazine I've always looked up to and discussing a self-made national tour. Music was my dream. Find yours and do whatever it takes grab hold of yours.
Ay MusiK is:
Hailey Canalas: lead vocals
Daniel Cole: drums
Ralph Jackson: keys

AY: vocals, keys 

Ay MusiK’s next show will be next Thursday, August 21, at recordBar, with special guests Grooms & Katie. They have big things coming up; they’ll be opening up for T-Pain the next night at CrossroadsKC, also playing Crossroads Music Festival on September 6 at The Brick, and opening up for Aaron Carter at The Granada on October 10. Ticket link.


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August 15, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen,

today's the day when The Deli goes international, eh! Please allow us to introduce you to... The Deli Toronto!

August 04, 2014

Just as the sounds of popular music go through various phases and trends, so too do band names. One such example is the combination of repetitive words and exclamation points, a standard with many examples: the New Zealand noise-pop of Die! Die! Die! … the noisy Italian rawness of Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! (a personal favorite of Chris Haghirian’s) … the California dance-punk of !!! … and many others. We now have a new entry into this field: Riot! Riot! Riot!, featuring members and ex-members of such noted KC soundcrafters as Dolls on Fire, The Hillary Watts Riot, and Drew Black and Dirty Electric. The band’s debut is a two-song effort that shares the same energy and aggression as its exclamation-pointed kin. The production is raw and DIY, which serves its three-chords-and-turn-it-up-loud mission statement perfectly.
“Dispenser” features Zach Hodson’s abrasive guitar and emotive vocals, supported by a thunderous drum-and-bass combo of Sergio Moreno and Mark Johnson, treading the line between hard rock and punk. “So Lost In Love, My Love” starts out as a jaunty little number (yes, a band with exclamation points in its name can do jaunty) that ultimately descends into muddy, grimy depths.
Will Riot! Riot! Riot! be worthy of all those exclamation points? I’d like to think so, but ultimately it’s a question Mark, Sergio, and Zach will have to answer. Period.
And you can “quote” me.
--Michael Byars
Michael is sparing with his usage of exclamation points, but when he does, he means it! OMGRLY!

Tonight, July 30, you can catch the Riot! Riot! Riot! boys at—where else?—The Riot Room. They’ll be playing with The Summit and Trapdoor Social (LA). Show starts at 9 p.m. Facebook event page. 

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July 30, 2014

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