Melt-Banana, a Japanese band known for noisy, metallic indulgences relayed through pop pronunciations, have a gig on Friday, May 8, at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Active since the early '90s, the work of surrealist bananas Yasuko Onuki and Ichirou Agata evidences an eclectic experimentalism that verges on the chaotic but maintains a tuneful bond to essential rocanrol ruminations about love and life. Agata’s guitar work adds intense texture to the band’s underlying melodicism.
The lately ubiquitous and always alluring ICUMDRUMS, starring Kris Kerby, opens the evening’s descent into loud, lovely longing. It’s $12 to get through the airlocks at 8pm, and the 21-plus scene lifts off at 9:30pm.
Kris Kerby's long-running “percussion apocalypse” endeavor, ICUMDRUMS, continues to set sonic standards, divining as well as breaking the boundaries of Albuquerque’s avant-garde. Weekly Alibi chats with him to find out more about one of Burque’s most relevant cultural provocateurs.