Kick Rocks at the Blockley
Last Saturday’s Kick Rocks show (12/15) at the Blockley surely kicked a lot more than just rocks. The Philadelphia supergroup, consisting of Jon Gutwillig of the Disco Biscuits, Mike Greenfield of Lotus, Clay Parnell of Brothers Past and Eli Winderman of Dopapod, was the perfect pre- NYE run whistle wetter. Combine the sounds of all of your favorite bands, and you’ve got the perfect concert.
The show at the Blockley was the third and final show of Kick Rocks’ most recent run and, in my opinion, Philadelphia was the place to see these boys. While the city itself was the perfect setting to see a band consisting of Philly natives, The Blockley left a little something to be desired (something, meaning space). Upon arriving at the end of the second opener, The Manhattan Project, it was instantly obvious that the venue was separated by age: under 21 patrons were not allowed anywhere near the stage or bar. The age separation within the venue was unfortunate for anyone who might be there for cradle robbing action, but it kept the area near the stage free and clear for those who wanted to catch a better glimpse of Jon the Barber’s samurai hairdo.
After forming late night at Camp Bisco 11, Kick Rocks came together more formally and played the last set of the weekend at CatskillChill. After seeing Conspirator and Kick Rocks play at the same festival, I made the hasty decision that I had a new favorite Biscuits side-project (sorry Marc & Aron). The only complaint that I had about their early September show was that Barber appeared to be sleeping on stage; this was not the case this weekend in Philadelphia. I’m thankful to be able to reject the phrase “Barber Sleeps” and to reinstate “Barber Shreds.” The energy on the Blockley stage pumped up the entire crowd, and made for a beautiful, Biscuity evening for jamtronic, rock, blues, and unsubscribed music fans to remember (or not remember in some cases).
One of the biggest draws for the Disco Biscuits is the fact that their shows are all improv, a style which is maintained in Kick Rocks. The show took a few minutes to really get going, but after about ten it had taken off like they had been jamming for hours. Near the end of the second set, Jon attributed this improvisational success to drummer of Lotus, “Special shout out to Mike Greenfield. He charts all the improv before we hit the stage, how he does it, I don’t know.” I don’t know how he does it, either, but I’m glad he does. I’m glad they all do what they do.
Enthusiastic fan and featured video- bomber, Ben Karl, had something to say about the firemost show that everyone at the Blockley was lucky enough to take part in: “There sure is nothing like when you mix the Biscuits with Lotus. What do you get? Eargasms and the coolest people on earth. Who wouldn’t want to get the F— down to that? You’re crazy if you’re not down with this ultimate get down.