Kohutek, Bad News Bats, and Bullet Hell performed @ The Mansion on 4/20/2012
Bullet Hell are from Chicago and have 3 members. This quirky band played a bunch of electronics and had a visual system set up. It was pretty crazy music with video game blips and hip hop type beats, synthesizer keyboard and noise/distortion sounds. Each member manipulated a bunch of equipment. There was a trumpet at one point. The visuals were like waves that changed shape and color and were geometric, grainy, also like old arcade games. I thought I’d lose interest but they were really entertaining to hear and watch.
Bad News Bats is a 3 piece all girl punk band from Philly. They reminded me of kind of goth or no wave because the music was dark. The vocals were lower and went well with the music. The bass lines were cool, I could hear the guitar melody too so it wasn’t just noise. They were funny and seemed like they really enjoyed playing.
Kohutek featured some instrument additions tonight which made the set a unique experience. There was a guitar, bass, drums, sax, and electronics. The music was improvised and varied in sound and style. At times it sounded traditional psych rock and roll, then the guitar would freak out, the drums would beat faster, and the noise would drop a frequency… Kohutek is a body experience because the music always gets so loud and intense. The sax added a funky jazz element to the sound. They did a few of these experimental psychedelic jams.