Knitting Factory Presents
After forming in Buffalo in 2006, Aqueous (pronounced “ay-kwee-us”) has earned a reputation as one of the most promising improvisational rock acts in the country. Best known for their “groove rock” stylings, guitarist Mike Gantzer, guitarist/keyboardist David Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden, and drummer Rob Houk have developed a unique sound characterized by meticulous compositions and rich exploratory jams that easily transition from laidback, in-the-pocket grooves to furious, high-intensity peaks. Composed of longtime friends, over the years, Aqueous’ members have developed near-psychic abilities with one another, enabling them to stretch each song while maintaining a staggering degree of precision. In a live setting, the group’s undeniable technical prowess truly shines, making for dynamic performances that bring fans back night after night.
Whether they’re headlining and selling out venues across the U.S. or performing stand-out sets at notable events like Summer Camp, The Peach Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and Suwannee Hulaween, it’s clear that fans across the country are clamoring to hear more from the Buffalo-based four-piece. With the hype around the group growing, Aqueous is making a huge breakout as the project enters its second decade of existence. Do yourself a favor, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.
Mungion is a band that transcends genre classification with their intense musicality, exploratory improv, and light-hearted, yet dedicated attitude on-stage and in the studio. Blending elements of Rock, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Bluegrass, Jam, Electronic, Classical, World, and Funk, they create a true fusion of musics. Though, as they are quick to point out, it is not fusion, but rather a synthesis of many different melodic ideas into a new and original one.
Based out of Chicago, the band is comprised of veteran Midwest musicians Justin Reckamp, Sean Carolan, Joe Re, and Matt Kellen. All coming from eclectic and diverse musical backgrounds, the melding of their individualistic approaches to music allows them to tap in to a wide variety of styles and genres, and, in turn, results in a truly distinctive effect. Together, Mungion is creating a unique and innovative collective sound all of their own, incorporating many different characteristic approaches into a singular, musical stew.
After forming in Spring of 2015, Mungion has been blazing through the Midwest music scene, and have already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with throughout the country. Their strong devotion to touring continually puts them in front of new, rapidly-growing crowds every evening, and allows them the opportunity to cater each night’s music to the spectators in presence. Already topping festival bills, and headlining many of the highest profile venues in the midwest, they have nurtured a devoted and passionate fan-base through their close relationship with their audiences – never shy to engage with them on a personal level, as well as on a musical one.
Being extremely well-versed from an artistic standpoint, coupled with the ability to engage their listeners at every note, offers these gentleman the opportunity to take their listeners on a mystical, spiritual journey through the sonic landscape. Touted by Live for Live Music as “Chicago’s up and coming Jam Legends”, Mungion are sure to continue making waves and throwing artistic molds to the wayside for many years to come. Also, be on the lookout for their recently released debut studio album, “Scary Blankets”.