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Kimono Draggin’, Straight To VHS @ Cafe Nine – May 13th
May 5, 2010, 8:00 am
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(Originally published on May 5, 2010 on CTIndie.com)

The carnage continues at Cafe Nine next Thursday, May 13th with another killer billing featuring local rockers Kimono Draggin’ (New Haven) and Straight To VHS (New London).

Kimono Draggin’ have long been producing some of the most original music on the local scene. Zappa/Beefheart fans to the bone, Kimono Draggin’s brand of intricate avante-art-rock builds upon their influences and then some. On their latest discs ‘We Are The Dudes’ and ‘Space Orphans,’ the trio careens from song to song in a blur of bouncy melodies, off-the-wall musicianship, complete band freakouts and tongue and cheek arrangements. Each song is an adventure of sound and insanity, the listener never quite sure where they’ll end up once the band takes hold. Live the band translates surprisingly well given the complexity of their material, often surpassing their studio recordings with sheer energy and unpredictability. If you’ve yet to catch Kimono Draggin’, its high time you did.

Although not quite as acutely weird as Kimono Draggin’, New London’s Straight To VHS should fill out the billing well. The band’s reckless garage-rock (and really what other kind of garage-rock is there?) contains an inherent energy that is hard to describe but easy to experience. Released earlier this year, Straight To VHS’s self-titled EP is definitely worth a listen, especially lead-off tracks ‘Hey’ and ‘Self-Titled’ which rank up their with the Estrogen Highs as some of the best pure garage rock Connecticut has seen in a while. For fans of rock n’ roll at its most primal, Straight To VHS most definitely brings it home.

Overall this show should be a flippin’ mess, and you should will kick yourself if you’re not there.

Consider this a warning.

If When You Go:
Thursday, May 13th
Kimono Draggin’
Straight To VHS
Cafe Nine
21+ / 9:30pm / FREE

Eula, Old Man Lady Luck, Electric Bucket, Kimono Draggin’ @ Daniel St. – Jan. 14th

When I first saw this show listed on the Local Takeover Myspace page, I had to rub my eyes just to make sure I wasn’t seeing it wrong. But yeah, this killer locals only show is for real and is really happening next Thursday, January 14th. Kimono Draggin’, coming off their double CD release show last month at Cafe 9, would alone be worth the trek out to Milford’s Daniel Street. Add in Eula, Old Man Lady Luck and Electric Bucket, all bands known for killing it on their own, and you’ve got yourself quite a show. DO NOT MISS IT!

If You Go (and if you don’t, you should be ashamed…):
Local Takeover presents

@ Daniel St.
21+ / $5 cover
9pm start