That’s what Travis Basso had to say when asked what compelled him to organize the 6th annual Delta Stock, which took over Concordia College this past weekend with a slew of live music — plus free barbecue, ice cream and tie-dyed t-shirts!
“Music is my life and I want to rock face every day of my life,” is exactly how he put it.
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The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this event, and upwards of 100 students seized on the opportunity to lay out in the grass while soaking up some sun and some tunes.
Delta Stock 2009 featured the musical talents of Wounded Buffalo Theory, Basso (formerly Blacklite), DJ Robonitronicus, and FiKus (yes, that ‘K’ is supposed to be capitalized, “just because it’s always been that way”).
“Delta Stock, it’s all about the music. That’s the key here,” said Basso, 23, a student at Concordia. “It’s all about the music and most people don’t know shit about music, so I put it in their face.”
This is a man who’s passionate about beats, there’s no doubt about it.
We here in the Listening Room first wrote about Basso when he went by the performance name Blacklite, but he’s matured since then and hence so has his alter ego.
Actually, I should specify that our very own contributor Jay Cowit wrote that entry about Basso, and Cowit’s band, Wounded Buffalo Theory, took over the stage at Delta Stock for a face-melting set.
You can definitely hear a wide range of influences (such as Pink Floyd, Tool, Rush, The Disco Biscuits, My Morning Jacket, etc. ) in WBT’s music, but what I love most about these guys is that they really take a creative approach to songwriting. Their tunes are interesting and unpredictable, and I feel as though they thrive on the unexpected. Definitely keeps me coming back for more, that’s for sure.
I’ve been seeing these guys through some ups and downs since the band formed in 2002. Jay Cowit on drums/vocals and Rob Malko on bass/vocals have been mainstays throughout the history of the band. But now that guitar prodigy Lucas Shine has joined the mix and John Blanton is back on keys/guitar/vocals, the group has only been pushing onwards and upwards, musically. I hope they hold on to this lineup, because it’s just about perfect in my book and just keeps getting better.
This was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing FiKus, and I really enjoyed their set. Percussionist singing up front was instantly interesting, but the band as a whole set down some solid grooves. Definitely nice to see and hear a trombone on stage, which was played by the keyboardist. It seemed like these guys were really comfortable jamming together, laying down some rhythmic tunes with a good “electronic” kind of beat. I look forward to watching them grow over the years, since the guitarist told me they just recently got back together after a bit of a hiatus and will be releasing an EP in May.
It was a hot and sweaty day, not exactly ideal for glam shots. But alas, they’re a hunky bunch nonetheless! I hope you had a chance to check out the slideshow. The first band is FiKus, the second Wounded Buffalo Theory. (Is Lucas the king of “guitar face?” Perhaps. But the kid does shred, so he gets a pass.)