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June Artist of the Month: Brooklyn Rye

Congrats to our June Artist of the Month, Brooklyn Rye! This new blues-influenced rock/pop group is fairly to the KC/Lawrence scene, making its live debut earlier this year. Find out more about the band and see what they have coming up.
The Deli: Down and dirty: one sentence to describe your music.
Brooklyn Rye: Time warped rock & roll best paired with a good whiskey.
The Deli: Give me some background on Brooklyn Rye. How did the band come to be?
Brooklyn Rye: The band started nameless in the dormitories of a small junior college in southeastern Kansas. Zach Dodson, Branden Moser, and Steven Bauer passed the time by creating simple progression songs with melodies that usually piqued the humor of the group. Bauer and Moser continued writing songs in this fashion before forming their first band in summer 2014. Kyle Babson had played with a group of friends in college and had toured the Midwest before meeting Bauer, Moser, and Dodson. On the search for a female vocalist Moser found Grace Griffin, who had been a solo singer-songwriter looking to collaborate with other musicians around the Kansas City area. Then we started jamming and haven't stopped.
The Deli: What inspires your music and songwriting?
Brooklyn Rye:Life, love, loss, hope, sex. We write about what everybody feels and goes through in their life. We just tell our side of the story. We try to always push each other out of our comfort zones and try to create something that has parts of all of us. A Frankenstein of music roaming the streets of Kansas City.
The Deli: What have been your greatest accomplishments as a band?
Brooklyn Rye: We feel that being able to play music everyday with your best friends and share that music is our greatest feat. We are just lucky enough to have the opportunity. But we are honored to receive the Deli KC’s Emerging Artist of the Month.
The Deli: Do you have any recorded music or anything in the works? What can we expect?
Brooklyn Rye: We have released two demo tracks (“Demon Shake” and “Hangman”). We have an EP in the works without a release date at the moment but probably winter/spring . In the meantime, we are branching out later this summer/fall to continue pushing our own boundaries and road test new songs for the record. We adore playing live so we just try to work sessions around that.
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?
Brooklyn Rye: In Kansas City alone, there are hundreds of bands that go unnoticed that have a great deal of talent. This city has so much to tell the world, and Kansas City's choice of medium just happens to be song, which is pretty damn cool. We like to believe in the underdog and that you can make music and be seen and heard no matter where you're from.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?
Brooklyn Rye: Grand Villanova, Me Like Bees, Scruffy and The Janitors, Radkey, and the other bands in the poll with us.
The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?
Brooklyn Rye: The ‘69 Woodstock bill would be pretty rad.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why?
Branden Moser: That's impossible. I'd put the other four members of our band on there. They're pretty good looking and would provide great overseers for the people of South Dakota.
The Deli: What goals does Brooklyn Rye have for 2015, and beyond?
Brooklyn Rye: Recordings, festivals, gigs—anything we can get our hands on. We want to fully immerse ourselves in music.
The Deli: Where can we find you on the web?
Brooklyn Rye: www.brooklynrye.fm
The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?
Brooklyn Rye: Stay hydrated and ration the use of selfie sticks, people.
Brooklyn Rye is:
Steven Bauer: vocals
Kyle Babson: bass, guitar
Zach Dodson: drums
Grace Griffin: vocals
Branden Moser: guitar
--Michelle Bacon

Michelle Bacon is editor of The Deli KC and plays in bands.

May Artist of the Month: The Ned Ludd Band

The Ned Ludd Band is The Deli KC’s May artist of the month! The band has gained momentum since its inception, releasing its first album Spacebar back in late 2012 (check out our review). We talked with Ned Ludd himself (Aaron Fuhr) to find out more about the band and what else they have coming up.

The Deli: Down and dirty: 1 sentence to describe your music. What is it?

The Ned Ludd Band: I'll say by influences. If Bob Dylan covered Radiohead after they discovered their love child was by Tom Waits. It's personal and ridiculous and genuine with hope and shame combined.
The Deli: What’s the story behind the name?
TNLB: Ned Ludd was the folkloric leader of the Luddites, a revolutionary group in turn-of-the-century England. They destroyed looms and other devices and machines that were believed could replace the jobs of men and women. Captain Ludd was believed to lead the sabotage of several factories. This served for us as an initial theme for the band.
The Deli: Tell us how you guys got together.
TNLB: Clint Hoffmeier: I met Aaron at Coda's Open Mic Night over 3 years ago. He came in with his harmonica holder and perfectly pressed tight vintage suit and some of the most wonderfully creative songs, with a intense look on his face. After hearing him a few weeks in a row I asked him if he ever thought his songs could be performed with a band, and that’s where is started. I grabbed Jordan [Carver], whom I’ve known since 6th grade, and he was my roommate at the time. I met Brent [Jamison] through Coda with his band The Sour Babies and he produced our first album Spacebar. When our drummer left the band, Brent quickly stepped up to fill the slot. He knew the songs better than anyone.
The Deli: Let’s talk about something you have coming up this year. What can we expect?
TNLB: New album due out by the end of the year. New sound, more grit, and hollow sounds. We took away a lot of acoustic guitar (I love Judas). Look forward to a Christmastime release.
The Deli: What does supporting local music mean to you?

TNLB: Almost everything. I budget for seeing bands I don't know nor like. It's better than my Netflix or Doggie. Coda has done a stellar job with my local aptitude.
The Deli: Who are your favorite local musicians right now?

The Deli: What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?

TNLB: I would rather play music and wear and eat sausages.
The Deli: A music-themed Mount Rushmore. What four faces are you putting up there and why?
TNLB: Mount Rushmore is a bad idea.

The Deli: All right, give us the rundown. Where all on this big crazy web can you be found?

The Deli: Always go out on a high note. Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?

TNLB: If you can't be good, be sanitary. If you can't be sanitary, play very quietly.
The Ned Ludd Band is:
Aaron Fuhr - vocals/songwriter/guitar
Jordan Carver - bass/vocals
Brent Jamison - rums
Clint Hoffmeier - guitar/vocals
Your next chance to see The Ned Ludd Band will be on June 28 at Mike’s Tavern. The band will also be performing on the roof of Phosphor Studios for First Friday with Dream Wolf on July 5. Finally, on July 26, the group will perform at Coda with Dream Wolf.

--Michelle Bacon

Michelle is editor of The Deli Magazine - Kansas City, and also holds down half the rhythm section in Drew Black & Dirty Electric and Dolls on Fire. In precisely one week from today, she will be enjoying the new episodes of Arrested Development. This is currently the highlight of her entire life. Do these effectively hide my thunder?

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