Sound Machine ØØ2 Recap

After an…interesting…week we had, Sound Machine 002 was the party that KC needed. As the bands were loading into the well-lit recordBar, chanting was heard outside. A gaggle of protesters with signs declaring “Not My President” loudly, but respectfully, marched up Grand Boulevard. Just the fuel needed to #IGNITE the night (catch that Various Blonde reference).


Kicking off the show was power-house electro-pop act Jaenki, debuting their new line-up; the trio recently added local songstress Rachel Mallin to fill out their already bustling sound. Sporadic drums tied in the flowing soundscape created by the combination of keys, guitars, and three different voices.


After Jaenki got everyone in the mood to dance, GGOOLLDD took the stage. The Milwaukee dance pop quintet would be well suited to explode onto the stage on the back of a giant unicorn. Frontwoman Margaret Butler’s shimmering gold cloak captivated the audience as she floated around the stage with expressive energy.


Third on the bill was Record Machine newcomers, Valley Hush. The small band from Detroit masterfully integrates samples with their dream-pop vibe. Valley Hush creates the kind of music you would listen to while rolling in the lush fields of an underwater prairie - weird, right? Valley Hush certainly invigorated the crowd with punchy aural oddities and soaring vocals.


Closing out the night was the always staggering Various Blonde. After a night built up of electronic infused indie dance music, Josh Allen and company came to the stage and destroyed all that, in the best way possible. A perfect night-cap, Various Blonde’s music is equally as danceable as it is full of angst and rage. The catharsis we all needed.


The Record Machine will be back at recordBar on December 23rd to present our next #SoundMachineKC show. Wear your favorite holiday garb

Nathan Reusch