Indie-rock supergroup, Ice Balloons, will perform Saturday at Monarch. (Photo: Courtesy)
New York’s Ice Balloons could be seen as an indie-rock supergroup. Featuring TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Samiam’s Sean Kennerly, F—emos’ Sean Powell, and Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber amongst its members.
The noise-punk band is fronted by a fly (Kennerly in a fly mask) and their energetic shows are accompanied by visual projections. It could be one for the books when Ice Balloons performs at hipster-hangout Monarch, 204 E. Rio Grande, on Saturday.
The free show starts at 10 p.m.
The band recently released its debut album, “Fiesta,” in August. It’s not quite the party record it sounds like, but carries on the long tradition of New York noise bands that TVOTR sometimes reference in their more experimental moments.
Portland’s Sun Foot and El Paso bands Weird World and Imperial also will perform on Saturday.
Ahead of Ice Balloons show, Kennerly, shared his top five flies (obviously):
Kennerly: Ancient god of flies, bearer of pestilence and disease, one of the seven princes of Hell. Was the name Beelzebub an early onomatopoeia? It sounds too close to the buzz of an annoying fly circling your ear in the night to be a coincidence. Regardless, the minions of the gluttonous Lord of excrement and plague tortured ancient worshippers with infernal flapping of wings, hovering in clouds over corpses and all that was unholy.
‘Two Flies,’ poem by Charles Bukowski
Kennerly: The master of everyday banality and crude life experience wrote several times about flies. This is one of his best poems on the subject, as Bukowski himself lazily battles his adversaries from the couch before reaching an uneasy truce.
‘The Fly,’ movie (1958, Kurt Neumann)
Kennerly: Genius pre-CGI lens techniques put you in the perspective of the body-swapped fly with 99 versions of your wife screaming in horror at your disgusting new fly face. So classic, so plausible, with (spoiler!) the tiny lady caught in the spiderweb at the end – it tugs your heart-strings! Cronenberg’s 1986 remake is not bad either.
Musca Domestica or the common housefly
Kennerly: One of the most populous insects, having conquered all corners of the Earth with its bedfellow, homosapien, in a sickening mirrored dance of devastation. Flies are typically granted but three weeks upon the this earth, to find love and nourishment and plant their little ones in a favorable location. In times of war the larvae can be useful for cleaning wounds, as well as a source of food.
‘Human Fly’ by the Cramps
Kennerly: One of the greatest rock songs ever written seems itself have flown out from the swamp off some decaying corpse. Poison Ivy’s tremolo guitar always starts the whole room vibrating. “Baby I won’t care cause baby I don’t scare/ I’m a reborn maggot using germ warfare” Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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