Natural Child

Zanzabar presents probably the best show ever with Natural Child - Animal City and State Champion

Natural Child

Animal City, State Champion

Wed, April 10, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

Zanzabar

Louisville, KY

$5.00 - $7.00

This event is 21 and over

Natural Child
Natural Child
Okey Dokey (9/16) is the latest full-length from Nashville, TN's Natural Child. The band's first new music in two years is also the debut release on their new label, Natural Child Records and Tapes. Natural Child started recording the album in Memphis and completed it in Chicago, where they worked alongside Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas).

Let's get a few things about Natural Child out of the way: they're not retro, not the bastard sons of Lynyrd Skynyrd or ZZ Top, not barnstormers or foot stompers or country-fried bumpkins sharing their latest "stew." To some they are saviors, to others they're the soundtrack to countless substance- fueled nights. To themselves, they're a rock 'n' roll band, chugging along, in every sense of the word.

With Okey Dokey, Natural Child says come on in - give us your tired, your weak, your poor; give us your rockers and rollers and grimy punks and suburban cowboys. Get down how you wanna get down.

"Okey Dokey is a stellar record that'll make ya wanna sway, scream, serenade and stumble." - Aquarium Drunkard
Animal City
Animal City
Animal City is a Chicago-based, tour crazy, beer drinking, cussin' at the floor, chicken fighting your friends in the pool, dancin with the prettiest girl in the room kind of four piece. They tried to make a rock record and came out with a Midwestern fused blend of world music that is danceable, toe-tappin, jazz learned, rock and roll called 'you win some, you loser' (SOPHOMORE LOUNGE RECORDS). it's the soundtrack to bruce springstein arm wrestling primus and primus is totally stoned and winning the match. bill and ted, wayne and garth, you and me.
State Champion
State Champion
State Champion is a rock 'n' roll band based around the songwriting of Kentucky native Ryan Davis. Originating in the mid-2000s as a bedroom recording project, the band has evolved over the course of three LPs (on their Sophomore Lounge label), homespun side releases, and countless miles of touring over the past six years.

Summoning sonic guidance from Rust Never Sleeps-era Neil/Horse to Dead Moon to the Silver Jews and beyond, the band's live set is an undeniable force, affecting audiences with its charmingly broken blend of garage folk, sun-warped honky tonk toons, southern art rock, noisy, unhinged slop and soul.

Its core members reside between Louisville, Nashville, Chicago, and rural Iowa.

"Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don't seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird. Catherine Irwin of the great Louisville/Chicago band Freakwater--who lends her inimitable vocal talents to several tunes on Fantasy Error, the latest album by State Champion--once joked that the evergreen nature (no pun intended) of the Louisville scene was due to the dearth of area vocational schools. If an album has been made in this young century that better captures the essence of this burg than Fantasy Error, I haven't heard it.

State Champion's punked-up country gunk frequently recalls both the Aristotelian pathos of bands like Souled American and Palace Brothers and the character-driven black humor of indie ironists like Camper Van Beethoven and the Supreme Dicks. Mere homage, however, is not State Champion's line. Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn't try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error's depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and "teardrop pushers" are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight. The musicians provide the perfect foil, loose without trying too terribly hard to appear "ramshackle." Frayed horsehair bows are dragged across fiddle wire and banjos frail for dear life; fuzzy, unfussy electric guitars bend, scrimmage, and howl while subtle synthesizers interject ominously through the din; even the percussion sounds bleary-eyed and broken-up with.

Fantasy Error is a great rock and roll record, equal parts Springsteen and noise scene, as American as broken traffic lights and bad trips.

The banner yet waves!"

- James Jackson Toth (January 2015)
Venue Information:
Zanzabar
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217
http://www.zanzabarlouisville.com/