Primal, furious, and yet hopeful and defiant, this band channels a wide variety of musical and emotional influences into a cohesive yet explosively passionate, borderline-religious experience. Anchored in grindcore and metallic hardcore, hearkening to bands such as Insect Warfare, pre-2000’s Converge and Infest, CLOSET WITCH adds a unique, emotionally twisted spin to savage panic chords, blastbeats and d-beat riffs, utilizing elements of black metal and screamo to accomplish this. Vocalist Mollie Piatetsky sings songs of lament, personal loss, and injustice, and her furious vocal delivery and energy is breathtaking. Guitarist Alex Crist and bassist Cory Peak lay down furious riffs, quite literally entering the crowd throughout the performance, and drummer Royce Kurth not only dominates the drumkit but matches the emotional intensity of the rest of the band combined. Few bands of this genre can match the wrenching emotional intensity and passion of CLOSET WITCH, both on record and live. Let CLOSET WITCH take you to church.
“In the 1990s, “emo” described a quality of music rather than its genre. A song was emo in the same way it could be classified as heavy or hardcore, and all it meant was that it possessed an emotional intensity or depth. This ambiguity made emo an exciting, almost mysterious idea—the music could be spontaneous, delicate or chaotic, raw or dense—but it also spelled its death when tastemakers tried to define it as a genre.
It’s exciting, then, when a band like Arizona Landmine emerges and embodies what emo meant before its meaning was distorted. Their first release, a five-song EP titled When Will I Ever Learn?, displays a young band whose powerful, explosive power pop seems to disregard genre and deny the listener the luxury of predictability.
Cortez Lee-Rogan, better known as Crealot is a rapper from the Quad Cities, Illinois and Iowa. Coming almost virtually out of nowhere for a music scene, he’s determined to make his presence not only known but legendary. With witty punch lines, story development, creativity, and a sense of honesty, he wants to show life in a dying world…
A dynamic art/progressive/psychedelic-rock band infused with elements from metal, blues, jazz and singer-songwriter. This trio from both sides of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois, is comprised of Angi Chapman on keyboard/lead vocals/songwriting, John Chapman on drums/harmony, and Chad Ramsey on lead/rhythm guitar and when all combined, Waking Robots weaves uniquely interesting songs that will tug at the listener, with hauntingly beautiful melodies and a dark and moody intensity mixed with fun and catchy riffs.
Wayne is a funny dude who thoroughly enjoys mar’hjuana.
A combination of Hip-Hop and R&B coming out of the Quad City area, Eastern Iowa Western Illinois.
After many promising musical projects falling through, this recently signed artist (Chaotic Minds Entertainment) he is finally gaining a bit of traction and moving in the right direction. Opening for artists in the underground as well as mainstream circuits such as !Mayday!, Stevie Stone, Lil Wyte, Jackie Chain and Ceschi Ramos just to name a few from this year. Honestly the sky is the limit, with the versatility to perform conscious Hip Hop Lyrics or the raw emotion he brings within his vocal range, he could cross many genres and still manage to make it all his own. Stay tuned into this artist the future seems fairly bright for this one.
The Good Company:
The Good Company is a collective of musicians who work as back up for solo musicians and featured artists. Currently working with Soultru.
Connor and Jeramie started making music in 2013, we got Jake shortly after and Bryson not long after that. We wanted to make dark and genre-less music then, now we just want to make music. We fall in love every time we write a song, every time we play a show, every new person we meet who appreciates our effort and we will continue chasing that feeling.
Doors Open at 2pm.
Advanced Online Tickets: $13.00 (purchase at http://qcjunetopia3.brownpapertickets.com)
Walk-Up Door Tickets: $15.00
Fog Eats The Town Away formed in October of 2016 with the idea of bringing another screamo band to the Quad Cities. We write music that makes you think of cold winter nights in the midwest.
Members of FETTA have been/are involved with other bands in the QC such as Grandfather Confusion, Sunbender, Save Your Youth, Archeress and Left For A Living over the past couple of years. We came together as musicians to bring back a genre that is now scarce in the Quad Cities.
SKEIÐ is exactly like the barbarians of old, except they unexpectedly invade venues instead of idyllic pastures, and unleash a barrage of riffs and guitar solos in lieu of burning down villages and decapitating the populace. Formed in 2015, SKEIÐ is a collaboration of Nauseating Whiff Records’ most popular bands and thus features a wide range of songwriting styles and instrumentation oriented towards energetic and exciting shows. Now they have arrived at your shores, demanding you raise a glass of ale before the pummeling barrage of blast beats, doom metal interludes, counterpoint guitar melodies, and unhinged group vocals.
Garmr (n). From the Old Norse for “rag,” Garmr is the bloodstained wolf that guards the gates of Hel; Garmr will howl at the end of the Fimbulwinter, signalling the coming of Ragnarök.
Garmr is an experimental project from the Quad Cities that plays an aggressive blend of power electronics, drone, harsh noise, black metal, grindcore, and powerviolence.
The everlasting “second to last” show of this QC powerhouse… mathy screamo/sass riff attack feat. members of Catholic Werewolves, Ice Hockey, inasmuch, and at least forty seven other local guitar bands. They play a short, powerful set with gusto, in true screamo/grind fashion, yet in less than ten minutes, Scott Suiter and company take you on a journey through a wide variety of styles and eras of punk, screamo, grind and sass music. Ridiculous entertainment.
“It’s basically the soundtrack to a video game that doesn’t exist that I would totally play the fuck out of.” Savage three-piece noisy punks from Michigan that write dance-inducing anthems of protest. Fast, challenging rhythms and blasts paired with angular, crushing riffs that will have your head spinning and put a wide grin on the most serious of faces.
At 17, Lewis sold his entire basketball card collection, bought recording equipment, and started writing and recording original music. Before moving into his college dorm, an adviser told him there would be no room for recording equipment in the dorm room. Lewis put his bed frame up on wood blocks, kept the gear on the surface of the frame, moved the mattress under the bed, and slept under the songs he was writing. For the past 15 years, songwriting has been much more than a hobby, it has been a language, a personal therapy, and a full-time occupation. Knudsen’s 2015 release, “The Way of Most Resistance” reflects inspirations from the genres of funk and soul while still thinking outside the box. Lewis loves collaborating with other musicians whenever possible, and can hardly think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than to hunker down in his studio and work on a new song. Some of Lewis’ strongest influences are James Taylor, Randy Newman, Martin Sexton and Stevie Wonder.
With influences from alternative to metal to hip-hop, it’s hard to pigeonhole Justin Urness’ music. He’s been known to play shows with rock and metal bands and shows with rappers and beatboxers alike.
Since the mid 2000s, he’s written and recorded 2 full-length albums and 3 EPs at home and played shows comprised of recorded drums and bass as a backdrop to his guitar and voice. Completely self-taught, he plays all roles in the process of making music from writing and performing to recording and mixing to booking and promoting.
Originally from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, Justin currently calls La Crosse home.
Motive Direct Pictures is an art collective focused on independent film making, established in 2014. Its mission statement is to uphold the integrity of thought provoking films. Influenced heavily by Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, take a moment to get lost in these artistic expressions of the film medium…