By Danny R. Phillips
It would seem as though Kansas City is finally noticing the music scene of St. Joseph, MO and her fans. Last week, the sludge metal band Documentary brutalized (in a good way) the crowd at The Ramey Memo reunion show. Now, joining local favorites GasTown Lamps (currently fronted by GTL guitarist Todd Ward’s wife Kyla) will be Kansas City up and comers The Lucky. They will be taking the stage this Saturday at The First Ward House.
The music loving fans of St. Joe are no stranger to the blues riffs of GasTown Lamps. Blending the love of bands like The Black Keys, Tame Impala and “Superfly” himself Curtis Mayfield, GasTown Lamps have been making crowds shake their asses around town for well over two years. Their release Heavy Trunk on local label This Tall Records (home to Sexwolph, Dsoedean, For The Sound and current phenoms Scruffy and the Janitors) is filled with good old fashioned rock n roll and smoldering slow burners. With the addition of Kyla on vocals, it adds a sultry power and confidence to the already forceful music.
Now, that brings us to the Lucky. A hit at last year’s Joestock Festival, The Kansas City, MO based band have been cranking out quality alt-rock/post pop since lead vocalist Camilla Camille and Jason Mac Ai first met over coffee in 2011. The duo added a drummer in 2012 and The Lucky was officially on the books. Piecing together riot grrl power with a punk rock drop dead approach, The Lucky recorded their demo in early 2013 and, after settling on drummer Dustin Mott and bassist Calandra Rene, the lineup was solidified and the band charged ahead. With the debut “Swimming Invisible” on the street powered by “Red Heart/Red Lover” and “Hey Rosie,” The Lucky are ready to take over the world but first, they plan to bring St. Joe to its knees.
Come out to The First Ward House (2101 St. Joseph Ave.) and watch as the ladies show us how to lay down some quality, take no prisoners, no quarter rock n roll.
The Lucky w/ Gastown Lamps
Saturday July 26, 2014