Awesome Fest presents: CANCELLED!

Awesome Fest presents: CANCELLED!

Mike Krol, Vertical Scratchers

Friday, February 15, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Soda Bar

$25-$40

This event is 21 and over

Awesome Fest presents: CANCELLED!
Awesome Fest presents: CANCELLED!
Cancelled, is the same moto, just more loose!

Awesome Fest is a collaboration of six longtime friends and active members of the DIY punk community. Awesome fest is a three-day live music festival of intentionally limited scale aimed at showcasing the diversity, intensity and beauty of DIY punk music. Our goal is to provide a safe, intimate venue to watch awesome bands, discover new music and to hang out with friends from all over the US and the world. Artists are treated fairly and equally. Artists are most often compensated based on a fixed scale associated with how far they came to play. There are no VIP green rooms or even green rooms for that matter. Awesome Fest does not accept corporate sponsorship. We endeavor to engage small, local and independent business owners as that is the kind of economy we want to nurture and participate in. Awesome fest is not for profit. Only a small reserve of cash is held each year to cover up front expenses for the following year. Curators and volunteers are not compensated for their efforts. Also, rules are mostly for cops and frat boys, however, Awesome Fest does have one: Don’t be an asshole.

Cancelled curators: Marty Ploy, Will Castro, and Davey Quinn
Mike Krol
Mike Krol
Of all the breakups in Mike Krol’s songs, the most harrowing story is about his breakup with music.

In 2015, coming off of his best record yet and the ensuing world tour, Krol found himself in the midst of a full-blown existential crisis. He’d invested everything to create the rock-and-roll life he’d always wanted, but he wasn’t sure the life wanted him back.

Power Chords , Krol’s new Merge release, picks up where 2015’s Turkey left off. It traces Krol’s journey back to punk rock, harnessing both the guitar technique and the musical redemption referenced in its title. To rediscover the power in those chords, Krol recorded for two-plus years in three separate locations (Nashville, Los Angeles, and Krol’s native Wisconsin). The record opens in a howling maelstrom of feedback: welcome to Krol’s crucible. After a stage-setting spoken-word intro (“I used to never understand the blues, until the night I met you. And every day since, I’ve gotten better at guitar”), we find ourselves back in familiar Krol territory—aggressive and assertive, scratchy and raw, catchy as hell—but something has changed. The sounds have a new density—and so do the stories. Krol’s lyrics have always walked a fine line between self-acceptance and self-destruction, but throughout Power Chords , they reveal a new sense of self-awareness. “Without a little drama I grow bored and sick of all my days,” he sings on “Little Drama,” and it’s just one revelatory moment on a record full of them.

Of course, none of this is to say that Krol has mellowed. You might find a mea culpa or two, but Mike Krol will never be chastened. If anything, he’s out more for revenge than forgiveness, and if he’s grown, it’s because he’s grown bolder. He’s wielding the same influences—Misfits, The Strokes, early Weezer, Ramones—but turning up the gravity and the gain. Indeed, Krol has gone somewhere new; yes, he bludgeoned himself with over-analysis and self-loathing, but along the way he stumbled upon a trove of intricate guitar lines and artfully mutating melodies. It’s there in the chorus of “Blue and Pink,” the bridge in “I Wonder,” the entirety of the deliriously infectious first single, “An Ambulance.”

Music ruined Krol’s life. And then saved it. In chronicling that process, Krol has made his best record—painful, voyeuristic, and angry, but ultimately transcendent and timeless. It is the sound of Krol giving in to a force greater than himself, as though the chords are playing him rather than the other way around.
Vertical Scratchers
Vertical Scratchers
Vertical Scratchers is John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere).
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/