Dada would not exist without World War I, Punk without the Cold War, and Justin Bieber without the Housing Bubble. The creative, socially aware, bored young adults that make up the Kenyon College student body often take to musical collectives to express themselves. Today, Kenyon students live and learn amidst the turmoil of the 2020 Plan. Here are some band names inspired by the upheaval:
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.
“Kenyon’s dreamiest English major” Evan Hall ’11 will be playing the Independent lounge stage (as a member of Pinegrove, “Kenyon’s most bioluminsecent late-00’s indie rock band”), at Deb Ball this evening. It would behoove you to gussy up, dress your best, and get ready for some real introspective partying. 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
Kenyon’s music “scene” is a strange, nebulous thing. Half of the thing seems to exist exclusively at school, watching friends and strangers playing everywhere from the Horn to Peirce Hall to somebody’s Taft or Acland. The rest of it just hides out on the internet, and whether we’re checking Facebook Page updates from alumni or scouring Google for that one dude from the open mic’s BandCamp, we here at The Thrill do our best to keep on top of everything Kenyon musicians are doing.
Hit the jump for new songs, albums, and music videos, all by Kenyon students (past and present). And keep your eyes peeled for The Thrill’s first-ever profile of first-year musicians!
First off on my list of “things I’m thankful for” would probably be the Internet. Bottomless social media and entertainment prospects aside (hi mom and dad, bye mom and dad), my job at The Thrill would basically be impossible without the file-sharing badassery made possible by all those cool little tubes.
Secondly, as their absence from the universe would also severely hamper my work here, I’d like to extend my hearty thanks to all the Internet-savvy musicians out there. Dunno if you’ve ever spent time at Bandcamp, sat in the shade of a Soundcloud, or explored the outer limits of Myspace (that’s what we used before Facebook, for those of you graduating in 2016), but without those sites I would be nothing, you hear me? Nothing.
Anyway, gratuitous gratitude aside, hit the jump for some excellent new music from Kenyon students and alumni alike. You can even download a couple of them, for free! How ’bout them Internets, eh? 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!