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Local dirty-punk band flies under the radar, a cool ICT addition

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Late in 2012, local dirt punk/L.A.-style rock band The Calm had a release that went somewhat under the radar in the Wichita punk scene. Unfortunately, their lack of exposure meant that few people got to hear the release.

Their latest album, “Live at The Brickhouse Studio,” could change that.

The Calm have been playing their brand of funk-punk-blues since 2010. Ever since, they have been frequenting local fests and bars including the Rice County Rock Festival this past year in Lyons and many sets at Kirby’s Beer Store on 17th Street south of Wichita State’s main campus. Building off their additional experience, The Calm went back into the studio for a new release.

On the album, Josh Turner, bassist and secondary vocalist, provides the beat tracks for a basso that is articulately well-played on many of the tracks. It reminds one of a Dick Dale record being played with a superfluously pervasive bass track in the room. The songs, including “Daedalas” and “Wasted,” detail lines that are slightly reminiscent of The Minutemen, but with a blues twist that makes them newer sounding still.

Listening to the record had a sort of “Double Nickels on the Dime” feel to it.

With Dan Duntz — of Wichita — on a brand of vocals that nears spoken word particularly on “Wasted,” the record takes on an even more bluesy style. That’s not to say that the album is any sort of Lucille-esque masterpiece in terms of musicianship or overall originality. However, it is a nice addition to what I would consider to be a record representative of the blue-collar musician life adopted by so many strummers and drummers that make music their business in the ICT area.

Curious parties can listen to The Calm’s live record at: https://thecalmonline.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-brickhouse-studios

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