Indie Pro-Rock Invasion
story by tim mcmahan
Lazy-i: Deecember 4, 2002
w/ Fromanhole, Ravine, The Sound of Rails
Saturday, Dec. 7
8:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Broker's Bar and Grill
13th and Pacific
Broker's Bar and Grill at 13th and Pacific evolving into a showcase
for Omaha's indie prog-rock scene? A four-band line-up slated for
Dec. 7 is bound to give the bar just that reputation.
line-up includes aggressive noise trio Ravine as the headliner,
along with indie instrumental trio The Sound of Rails, angular math-art
trio Fromanhole and maverick frontier prog outfit The Quiet Type
-- maybe one of Omaha's best kept secrets.
back in January 2001 out of the ashes of a couple indie-style rock
bands, The Quiet Type is drummer/vocalist Oliver Morgan, (ex-Ravine),
and his former Reset and Revilo bandmates bassist/vocalist Mark
Kosmicki and guitarist/vocalist Shawn Cox. The trio released a six-song
demo last spring and is releasing a split 7-inch with Fromanhole
in January. But those recordings should be considered an old incarnation
of The Quiet Type compared to what the band is up to these days
with their new keyboardist, Oliver's wife Megan.
She began working with
the trio when a friend of the band's asked them to play a handful
of classic cover songs at a wedding reception with Megan on keyboards.
"We meshed so well that we asked her to join us after it was
all over," Oliver said. "We put together an entirely new
set with her that took us in a different, more artistic direction."
With the additional keyboards,
The Quiet Type's sound has evolved from being a straight-ahead indie
rock act in the Tanner/Shellac vein, to a much more dynamic, ambient
and almost prog-art style band. Their songs germinate from simple,
quiet ideas into free-form jazz-influenced jams that never lose
sight of the melody or their rock undertones. Megan, a music major
at UNO, does more than soften the band's loud, rough edges, thanks
to her background as a classical and jazz pianist. "We've certainly
toned down," Oliver said, "but we've also discovered a
more intricate sound influenced by bands like Fugazi and Sunny Day
He said the new line-up
will enter the studio in February to record a full-length to be
released on indie label Beehive Records that Morgan runs with members
of local hip-hop/funk act Microphone Jones.
also discovered a more intricate sound influenced by bands
like Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate"
rest of the Dec. 7 line-up echoes The Quiet Type's arty ways.
Consisting of brothers
bassist/vocalist Doug Kiser and guitarist Daryl Kiser, along with
drummer Doug Berger, the mostly instrumental Fromanhole matches
angular, mathy riffs with complex start-stop rhythms that create
a wall of post-prog-noise rock. Rare vocals consist of Doug Kiser
yelling what sounds like freeform poetry. The band is currently
supporting their just released full-length, Out of the Flats.
Also supporting a new
release is The Sound of Rails, who's Night Time Simulcast
was just released on Lincoln's Caulfield Records. The trio's style
is reminiscent of such instrumental outfits as Euphone and Sea and
Capping off the night
is Ravine, who's latest CD, Via Della Strada, was released
earlier this year on Skinsuit Communications/Ant Records. With a
heavy sound that borders on metal, the self-described "noise"
band is anchored by guitarist Mike Saklar and bassist Randy Cotton,
both former members of local gutter-groove act Ritual Device.
Most of the bands are
veterans of the Broker's stage. Morgan said the bar and grill began
hosting shows after one if its employees, who plays in the band
Tartoutis, started holding impromptu shows. "Ravine caught
wind of it and asked the owners if they could host their CD release
show there," Morgan said. "It's not the kind of place
you'd would expect to see an indie show on a weekend, but once you're
there and the show begins, it fits the part."
Published in The Omaha Weekly Dec. 4, 2002. Copyright © 2002 Tim
McMahan. All rights reserved.