I don’t know about y’all, but it feels like Kenyon is missing something. Maybe it’s the lack of unfinished NCA basements, graveyard battles of the bands, and satanic ska cults, but I think we can all agree that Gambier is getting a little too fucking soft. I mean, wouldn’t you rather incur serious brain damage from a Horn mosh pit rather than a silly game of rugby? Why don’t we have a task force about that, huh? Anyways, I figured I’d do my part in roughing up our image by showing just how edgy our admins and alumni could be if they committed to the sick bit.
Welcome to In the Studio, a feature dedicated to exploring the fantastic independent musicians at Kenyon. This week, we showcase Wholesome, a four-piece band consisting of Shane Wells ’22 of Nashville, Oliver Pearson ’22 of Los Angeles, and Eli Haberberg ’22 and Elijah Newman ’22 of New York.
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kenyon’s own SPORTS at their first off-campus gig, which went down at Carabar, a funky little spot in downtown Columbus. The all-ages show also featured Columbus’s own Pretty Pretty and headlining act Radiator Hospital from Philadelphia, who had just finished up a U.S. tour. Punk rock was the flavor of the evening, and the crowd was down — albeit slightly tame.
Read on for the full review, plus more photos and even a video of SPORTS in action! Continue reading
It’s been a busy week for Kenyon musicians: the past 7 days have seen new releases from pop-punk wonder duo Ice Cream Social (Catherine Dwyer ’14 and Jack Washburn ’16), baroque-pop sorceress Half Waif (Nandi Plunkett ’11), and the forest-dwelling indie-pop outfit Yellerkin (side project of Poor Remy frontman Adrian Galvin ’12).
This random sample of singles and EPs does a really good job of showcasing just how far-ranging and diverse a range of styles and influences inspire Kenyon musicians. Like guitars? Hit the jump and press play. Or perhaps you enjoy reverb-drenched laptop psychedelia? Hit the jump and press play. Or maybe you just want to hear pop music composed by a classically trained alumna who wrote a nigh-atonal piece of experimental classical music for her comps? I’m really serious, hit the jump and press play. You will not be disappointed! Continue reading
So my little brother is in a band and takes making music very seriously. And now that he’s a senior in high school, he’s super pumped to go to a school like Wesleyan/Oberlin/NYU that’s reputed for having lots of hip young people making cool sounds. To which I have said: “shut up, you’re coming to Kenyon.”
But frealz. Regardless of my brother’s particular undergraduate choice, the main point to be made here is that we go to a school full of awesome student musicians (see above link), a fact I think we don’t get enough credit for. And a handful of them have some new sounds for you, which you may play, download, buy, etc. (as the case may be) after the jump!