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Kansas City, Missouri, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Punk


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"BUMMER - MILK (2013)"

Good noise rock schtuff from Kansas City. 4 song EP seems to be self released. Don't know much else about them. If old Helmet met Fight Amp, Ken Mode and Young Widows at a monster truck rally, this is what you'd get. Dude, they are harshing your mellow. Just so you know. That red gimp / bull outfit scares the hell outta me. Love it. - Staticfraction

"12 O'Clock Track: An emphatic salute to 90s-era noise rock on Bummer's "Infinite Witches""

The kids are gonna be all right. A trio of young'uns from Kansas City, Bummer—yes, the perfect band name—sounds like it's part of an early-90s noise-rock scene that mostly existed before the band's members were even born. The crunchy, growling bass and wide-eyed, insane vocals of bands like the Jesus Lizard and Unsane and the Melvins are infused in today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Infinite Witches." The sludgy and devastating guitar riffage from front man Matt Perrin blends into the heavy, breakdown beat to form a deafening mess that somehow seems to get louder as the track barrels forth. Bummer tunes, for sure—executed with the best of bad vibes. - Chicago Reader


Milk EP - October 2013
Young Ben Franklin EP - April 2013



Bummer is a hardcore punk band, a trio from Olathe that describes its music in a variety of ways: primal, Neanderthal, noise rock, sludge. One thing its not: progressive or math rock.

We like to keep it primitive, guitarist/singer Matt Perrin said. Its all 4/4 (time), sometimes 3/4, maybe some 7/4. But its all boneheaded.

The trio of Perrin, bassist Mike Gustafson and drummer Thomas Williams first came together under the name Vestibule. When Williams left the band in summer 2012, Gustafson and Perrin found another drummer, Sam Hunter, and changed the bands name to Bummer. In April, they released Young Ben Franklin, a three-song EP. In July, Hunter left the band and Williams rejoined it. In October, they released Milk, a four-song EP.

Bummers roots and influences are in hard rock. Gustafson, 21, is a big Queens of the Stone Age fan. I love stuff thats heavy and dark, he said. I like pop-song structures, stuff that gets stuck in your head. But it has to be heavy.

Perrin, 19, admits he had a Nirvana/Kurt Cobain dependency as a young teen but has since moved on to bands like the Melvins, Unsane, Young Widows and Pissed Jeans. Those were all turning points, he said. Its all really raw, aggressive stuff.

Williams said initially he was more of a pop-punk fan. I was the odd one, he said. I was more into Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. But once I started hanging out with these guys, it became more Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

Bummer became a go-to band in Kansas Citys house-show scene, earning a reputation for its loud, high-energy live shows. But word is now out among club owners that the band can draw a crowd and deliver a memorable show. Neill Smith, who books shows for the Riot Room and Czar Bar, is a big fan.

What really sold me was the live show, he said. They did 150 people at Riot Room January 16, which is amazing since I would imagine most of their peers are not quite 21.

There is definitely a buzz going around the local music scene about them, and it is very exciting. I see them truly connecting with more and more people each show. They opened for Yuck February 6 at Riot, and even Yuck was kind of floored by them in a good way.

Bummers playlist comprises about a dozen originals and a few covers, including Seasick by Jesus Lizard and Cars by Gary Numan. That one is pretty different, Perrin said. I dont think Gary Numans going to appreciate it.

The live shows are typically quick and fearsome.

We do usually 20- to 25- minute sets, Gustafson said. We dont overstay our welcome. We like to get in and out real quick.

Take Unsane, Sweet Cobra, some Melvins and Jesus Lizard, put them in a blender and pour some Sriracha on it, Perrin said, and then splatter it on the wall.

I call it Neanderthal: music cavemen might listen to, Gustafson said. Its super-heavy and aggressive but simple. Its stuff you can bob your head to.

Smith infers several influences but said the results are fresh.

There are definitely similarities to bands like Snapcase and Helmet, Smith said, and I also hear guitar undertones similar to Primus and Melvins. But I think what they are playing is just them being themselves.

Read more here: http://www.inkkc.com/content/bummer-plays-rock-for-the-stone-age/#storylink=cpy

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