This Thursday the 5th, KDVS presents Big Black Cloud, Ennui Trust and Burgers!
Portland based bandBig Black Cloud has been together a little over 6 years, and the band has gone through a lot of transformations in that time. “We’ve definitely changed many times, in aesthetics, style, band members, goals, name, everything,” said bandmember Travis Wainwright. “In the beginning stages it was more garage/psychobilly, and had a focus on theatrics (full-time dancers, costumes, etc.). Over the years we’ve stripped down from as much as an 8-piece band (as ‘Here Comes A Big Black Cloud!!’) to the current core 3-piece, which is what it will stay, and over the course of doing so have developed a style and technique of making music that feels natural to us.” Currently, they describe their style loosely as “psychedelic noise rock.”
KDVS DJ Rick Ele described Big Black Cloud as follows: “To relate Big Black Cloud on a Sacto level is easy ‘cos they really seem like a band that grew up getting geeked about the Yah Mos and Pope Smashers. At the intersection of HC-level intensity, paranoiac guitar tones, rumpshakability, and more often than not excellent songcraft, this band is smack-you-in-the-face good! The bass and guitar interplay is really cool, reminiscent of Venom P. Stinger.”
Since their creation, Big Black Cloud has come out with two 7″ records, one 10″, one 12″ EP and one 12″ LP, as well as various CDR and tape releases, although as Big Black Cloud there is only the LP and the “Shitty Vibrations EP” (tape). They’ve completed and will soon release their second LP, as well as a 7” coming out soon.
Davis bandEnnui Trustis brand new–they just formed in January of this year. In fact, bandmember Phil Mann admitted that some of them are still trying to learn their instruments. But Rick Ele can vouch for them: “They were fantastic when I saw them open for The Feeling of Love and Electric Jellyfish at the Davis Bike Collective,” he said. “Cool Flipperesque riffs, and Trotsky’s voice is the perfect match! Dude’s definitely got some Bobby Soxx magic in those vocal chords.”
Because they’re so new, Ennui Trust is still trying to solidify their sound. “We’re not trying to sound like anything particular, but we’ve been likened to Flipper and our influences are depressing yet aggressive punk like Articles of Faith, No Trend, United Mutation, etc,” said Phil. They’re enjoying building their fan base in Davis in Sacrament0–”We live in Davis and there are lots of really awesome house shows in Davis lately,” said Phil. “KDVS is a cool resource too and there are lots of good shows on the radio. In Sacramento, there is a good core group of people who work hard to bring music to Sacramento and also make music in Sacramento. Hopefully more people will be inspired by that and participate too. I still feel like this area has the potential to be really awesome and fun for how cheap it is. Everyone who lives here should form a band immediately.”
I couldn't find an official band photo for Burgers
Burgers is another band from Davis; they’ve been playing together for almost exactly a year. They’re not particularly concerned with honing their sound to perfection; bandmember Simi described their sound as “kinda no-wavey and fucked up [not sure if he meant 'new-wavey'], our drums don’t work most of the time, and we’re playing on fucked up equipment that falls apart a lot. Roy say’s it’s ‘deconstructionalist.’” Both Burgers and Ennui Trust are made up mostly of DJs from KDVS, so they’re close friends. Phil of Ennui Trust called Burgers “totally out of control,” and said “I don’t think Bows will be left standing after their performance.”
Burgers hasn’t released an album as of yet–apparently a friend who runs record label Cola Bruin wants to record a 7” with them, which they are open to, but ultimately they said “we just play together because we like this kinda stuff.” They’re also quite happy to remain part of the Davis/Sacramento music scene; “I like that it’s so incestuous,” said Simi. “All of us play in several bands that range from pop, to black metal, to noise, to free jazz, to new age, to ambient psychedelic synthesizer stuff.“