Tribute to the Conformists | The Conformists 15 Year Anniversary Show
This Friday night, November 18th, will mark the 15 year anniversary of St. Louis' longest running experimental band The Conformists. In celebration, The Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St. in Saint Louis, MO) will be hosting a special performance featuring The Conformists, Airport Elementary School and Spelling Bee. This 15 Year Anniversary performance will mark The Conformists' final concert with singer Mike Benker in St. Louis. He had this to say in an interview with Josh Levi of The Riverfront Times.
"I am not a good singer but I made it work. I can perform and I will do it with gusto two more times. Be there or miss the boat forever.
The Conformists have always done whatever we wanted."
Throughout the interview, Mike Benker talks about the early years of the band, choice performances, experiences and lets loose advice for working musicians. As the front-man of The Conformists, a band signed to Sickroom Records in America and African Tape in Europe, he imparts vital knowledge to tough questions by interviewer Josh Levi. You can read the entire interview HERE.
The article refers to not only the performance on November 18th (at The Schlafly Tap Room), but a concert in Chicago on November 19th as well. The details for that event (which will also be singer Mike Benker's last stand with the band ever) are as follows:
Saturday, November 19th at Quenchers Saloon
2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Spelling Bee (St. Louis)
The Columbines (Chicago)
For those unfamiliar with The Conformists, tune into KDHX.org tonight from 1 AM to 3 AM (Central Time). If you are in or around St. Louis city (or county), you can tune into 88.1 FM. Our radio show Wrong Division will be highlighting the Conformists, replaying a special in-studio performance from 2010, playing rare tracks, choice songs from their albums and spinning their debut 7" in its entirely.
If this article reaches you late, or you are unable to tune in, we strongly recommend checking out The Conformists' bandcamp page located HERE.
Here is a selection of videos from the band from Youtube:
Hand of Doom/Cleft Palate
Jesus was a Shitty Carpenter