Graham's Top Picks for May 2014

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Little Big Bangs at Star Clipper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOcwV9sXLLo
The Big Bangs opened their Free Comic Book Day set with a surf-rock cover of the X-Men theme. That would be the '90s animated series theme, a.k.a. the best one, not to nerd out or anything.

Volcanoes at Foam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9wygb3bf54
Steve took this sweet video of Volcanoes rocking out and it was way better than anything I filmed in my life.

Q at Los Punk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs2lobw8hjU
I had not heard the hype yet about new local punk band "Q" so I was in for a surprise when they rocked so hard. Check them out before they get real big and forget the little people. Since the letter Q is hard to search for, here's their bandcamp: http://singlerussiancuties1.bandcamp.com/releases

Trauma Harness at CBGB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-7B_a4N7jQ
Sometimes Trauma Harness brings movies along with them to play during their set. This time, it's news footage from 1996. At 3:05, the music syncs so perfectly to a local scare story about raves, you would think it's an official video. Proof that Trauma Harness makes fine rave music, as well as soundtracks to horror stories about rave music. So versatile!

Skull's Mind at Apop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16E8leEUang
What happens when two dark noise gods combine forces? Pretty much what you'd expect: a tripped out, joyous pop song that contains the words "baby girl" at least a hundred times. It's nice to see two best buds just having some fun and making it look so easy! World exclusive for Wrong Division, you can only find this video if you have the link. Thanks to the members of Skull's Mind, internationally reknown noise gurus Ghost Ice & Raglani.