Sat May 4 Martello, Bray Jazz Festival
Sun May 5 Anseo residency #1, Dublin
Thurs May 9 Billy Byrne’s, Kilkenny
Fri May 10 (Workshop, Dublin)
Sat May 11 Black Gate, Galway
Sun May 12 Anseo residency #2, Dublin
Post-everything instrumental music embracing beautiful melodies, a compelling rhythmic glue and jazz-informed improvisation. The band is willing to take chances, but nver EVER loses sight of what makes music interesting: melody, rhythm, and texture. Is it jazz or some kind of miracle of modern rock music? Yes, it is both.
Think of the simple soulful melodies and deep grooves of Booker T and the MG’s, but armed with the lush harmonic language of Wayne Shorter and a rhythmic vocabulary well beyond 1-2-3-4. Well known throughout the southeastern USA, the band also has made recent appearances in Germany, Ireland, and Canada, often enlisting the additional help of like-minded fellow musicians.
In 2019, the European formation of the group makes a return to Ireland, UK and Germany, and features Nettles, Berlin bassist Roland Fidezius (the fierce Lemmy- like low end from Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask) alongside Dubliners Shane Latimer (guitarist of OKO, Outerspaceways Inc. and arch-minimalists 無我.) and Sean Carpio (the percussive genius behind The Stella Maris Project, Bog Bodies and Wowos).
Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, guitarist/composer/ bandleader Dan Nettles has supplied the world with his own unique blend of modern- jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, Nettles formed Kenosha Kid with these principles: build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. Starting with the release of Projector in 2005 Kenosha Kid has succeed in this, providing a steady string of remarkable content in a variety of formations (from trio to ten piece) and flavors (from silent film scores to sci-fi influenced future-music):
2008 Steamboat – an all new score for Buster Keaton’s silent film
2009 Fahrenheit – ten selections inspired by Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic
2010 Beginning with Land of Obey – digital archiving of over 40 live shows
2015 Inside Voices – showcasing the telepathic core trio plus three horns
2017 Outside Choices – picks up where 2015’s Inside Voices left off
2019 Missing Pieces – haunting 10-song cycle featuring quartet plus strings
The latest, Missing Pieces, features a striking two-guitar incarnation augmented by three-piece string section. Nettles describes it as “a beautifully layered record with a sense of melodic longing and intriguing rhythms.” Expressionistic, undefinable and ecstatic, it is instrumental music drawing from the gutters and ditches of many legitimate musical traditions including, and defying, jazz, rock and modern classical genres. Nettles conjures some of the most sublime melodies of his career to date, and each song is a distinct sonic and emotional universe, dreamed up through a process of improvisation and experimentation and brought into focus with the band. The melodies are haunting, the grooves are devastating, and the band continues to expertly serve jazz purists, indie-rock hipsters, and funk loving jam fans alike.
“…very considered, and well composed… a cathartic and empowering album.” – Creative Loafing
“Nettles has written hundreds of songs, yet few resonate as profoundly as anything on Missing Pieces… as he shows in his own impenetrable and postmodern way, the only way out is through.” – Flagpole Magazine
“… Kenosha Kid brings a collection of sounds that are imaginative and push the boundaries of rock instrumental music… more about thematic development and less about improvisational prowess… a satisfying listen” – Staccatofy
“…eminently approachable and frequently thrilling… calls to mind Chicago post- everything icons Tortoise…” – Flagpole Magazine
“The harmonic richness and rhythmic involvement come from jazz, but the sonic particulars… come from a number of places. Nettles might cite Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash, Sonny Sharrock and Elvin Jones as influences—perhaps on a single tune.” – Flagpole Magazine
“The new one finds the group in fine form, smashing together influences from far and wide to create a freewheeling, improvisational record.” – JamBase
“The voiceless excursions explore jazz, jam, psych, funk and rock territory with an infectious enthusiasm and instinctive creativity.” – GeorgiaMusic.org
“the sort of boundary-leaping creative jazz most listeners identify with the big-city scenes of places like Brooklyn, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area.” -All Music
“Just a tremendous effort. Highly recommended.” – Bird is the Worm
“… a bird of different breed… a unique, integrated work of art.” – Something Else!