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The Sexy Accident

Upcoming: Vive The Rock - Fundraiser for Académie Lafayette at recordBar, 2.8.13

Join an eclectic bill on Friday, February 8 at recordBar for a special fundraiser for Académie Lafayette, a K-8 public charter/French immersion school in KCMO. All proceeds go to the Académie Lafayette General Fund, which pays for music and arts education, interns, extracurricular programs, sports, free tutoring, etc.

Each band will feature at least one parent of an Académie Lafayette student. The Quivers will kick off the evening at 9:30 with a raucous set of soulful rock tunes, followed by the heartfelt songwriter pop of The Sexy Accident. Rounding out the evening will be the freak pop stylings of The Hillary Watts Riot and the heavy-hitting sounds of Federation of Horsepower. The show will be emcee'd by Cody Wyoming.

T-shirts for the event and raffle tickets will be sold. Tickets to the Friday show are available for $25 at this link. They will be $35 at the door.

--Michelle Bacon

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On The Beat with Sergio Moreno

This week, we turn the tables on the creator of On The Beat, Sergio Moreno. Find out about his various projects (including The Hillary Watts Riot and Alacartoona), as well as other things he's involved with, and see how he feels being in the hot seat for once. Catch the beat at the link here!

On The Beat is typically brought to you by Sergio Moreno, but has been overtaken this week by drummer and The Deli - Kansas City editor-in-chief Michelle Bacon. This weekly interview features some of the many talented drummers in the area.

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On The Beat with Sergio Moreno


Every week, Sergio Moreno has brought you an interview with different drummers in the Kansas City music scene. This week, we turn the drum kit to reveal this man, whose face is hidden by dark shadows and a pair of oversized white sunglasses. Today, we put The Deli KC's favorite drummer in the hot seat.

The Deli: First of all, thanks for spearheading this whole feature. People really seem to dig it! Why did you decide to feature local drummers? Who cares about the drummer, really?

Sergio Moreno: We carry all our cases full of heavy gear, set up and tear down as quickly as possible, we drive the band, playing our hearts out and sweating up a storm; and then we don't even show up in the pictures because we're tucked back in a corner and the lead singer was standing in front of us the whole time! That's why I started this whole mess, to bring the drummer to the forefront. Well, that, and also because I love talking to other drummers!

The Deli: Tell us what projects you're involved in right now.

SM: I'm a drummer Drone™ in The Hillary Watts Riot and a contraption set operator in Alacartoona.

The Deli: How does it feel to be a Drone™ under Miss Hillary Watts? Is it hard to play in those goggles?

SM: Our protective goggles keep us from seeing Miss Hillary in her full glory. As tempting as it may be, we really don't want to risk being blinded by her majesty's glow and we believe that safety always comes first. Except when it doesn't. A lot of things are hard under our Queen Bee's rule, but it is an honor to serve at her pleasure. At the end of the day, I'm just another Drone™. And so are you.


The Deli: Well, that's slightly jarring. Let's move on. Here's one of the questions you always ask, and I think it's vital: How did the drums find you?

SM: My dad is a musician. He has recorded and toured for over forty years with his Christian rock band, La Tierra Prometida, all across Mexico, Latin America and a few cities in the U.S. I basically grew up sleeping in guitar and bass drum cases between sound checks and shows. It was awesome. Because of this, I always had complete access to a studio full of instruments and gear, as well as people to play with. I started on guitar, but moved to the drums soon enough. Around the age of 11, I started playing every Sunday in church, and then I started a band in junior high. I got tired of playing covers (but I still love Nirvana, Metallica and The Cure), so my sister and I started our first, original band. And the rest is, well, you know, history.

The Deli: So, you have a few different kits for each band you play with, right? Tell us about those.

SM: After serving Miss Hillary for a while, it was clear she required a special drum set. I had wanted a Kansas City Drum Company kit for a long time, and this was my chance. So I worked with Herb Naster and he made this beautiful monster of a kit for me, I mean, for Miss Hillary, and covered it in sparkle pink wrap. It's my favorite set ever! For Alacartoona, I fashioned a jungle kit out of my big Ludwig set. I used a floor tom for a kick and a piccolo snare. But then I realized that what the job needed was a cocktail kit, so I acquired one and I love it. Because the two bands, and my characters in them, are so different from each other, it seems fitting to have unique instruments for each of them.

A little bit of trivia for you… My KCDC set consists of three drums: kick, snare and floor tom. I wanted each of them to be 14 inches in diameter or depth. That's because my favorite drummer growing up was Robert Sweet, from my favorite band, Stryper. They used the number 777 a lot. So my number is 14 14 14, which is like 777, only double. Awesome, huh? 

The Deli: That's beyond awesome! But what's more, I hear you aren't just a drummer. A little bird told me you recently joined The Sexy Accident on bass? 

SM: Since I moved to Kansas City, I've played mostly drums. But my instrument in college was bass. I played bass in my school's jazz band and in a world beat band with my sister and some other friends. As much as I love drumming, sometimes I just really miss contributing melodically and when I learned Jesse [Kates] was looking for a bassist, we got to talking. I've been very impressed with his songwriting and arranging, and everybody else in the band is super talented and super nice. Plus, The Sexy Accident's latest album is fantastic. I haven't debuted with them yet, that'll be later in the summer, but I'm really excited.







The Deli: And as if you aren't busy enough, you're involved with a production for Fringe Festival too? 

SM: Yes, it's Sexing Hitler, a play by Bryan Colley and Tara Varney. Christian Hankel wrote the music for it and asked me to join the band, with Kyle Dahlquist on accordion and Richard Walker on keyboard. I hadn't done anything like this since college, and I have enjoyed it so very much. The writing is funny, smart and captivating; and the cast is talented beyond words. Musically speaking, it's a very different experience for me as I'm doing incidental percussion and underscoring, rather than keeping time and driving the band. I just feel lucky being associated with so many talented people in this production and getting to see the magic happen on stage night after night. I know I'm biased, but I cannot emphasize enough how much everybody needs to come out and see this play. We have only two shows left in the run.

The Deli:

 So, how do you balance playing in several bands and projects, having a family (and a new addition on the way...congrats!), a full-time job, and whatever else it is that you do?

SM: I'm very fortunate to have the most supportive partner I could ever wish for. She understands how important music-making is to me and I don't take that for granted, not for a minute. In fact, I can honestly say I wouldn't be doing all this if it weren't for her. I was ready to quit and sell all my gear about 2 years ago - when my band at the time broke up - and she kept me from going through with it. And now, I'm involved in some of the best and most fun music projects I've ever been in!

You can follow Sergio around from Thursday through Sunday: Sexing Hitler has two shows left, Thursday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 10:00 pm at Off Center Stage. The Hillary Watts Riot is playing Friday at The Brick with The Sexy Accident and Howard Iceberg and The Titanics, and Sunday at Jerry's Bait Shop at 8:00 pm. 

-Michelle Bacon

Michelle is editor-in-chief of The Deli - Kansas City. She also has a weekly column with The Kansas City Star and reviews music for Ink. She plays with Deco AutoDrew Black and Dirty Electric, and Dolls on Fire. Her favorite things to do are eat, beat on random things, and nap.

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The Hillary Watts Riot 






Artists on Trial: Jesse Kates of The Sexy Accident

Editor's note: Today we begin a weekly Q&A of Kansas City musicians. We'll be using the same questions each week so you can get to know the artists a little bit better. And if you'd like to be included, please send us a message at kceditor@thedelimagazine.com and we'll get you in!

This week we're joined by Jesse Kates, frontman of The Sexy Accident.

The Deli: Gun to your head: one sentence to describe your music.  What is it?

Jesse Kates: Mercurial pop of brains and heart.

The Deli:  Let’s talk about your latest release or upcoming shows. What can we expect?
JK: We're playing a bunch of shows to celebrate our fourth full-length, Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader, which we released in the spring. We're selling it to raise money for charity, and the response has been great! We're particularly excited about a show we have coming up on Friday, July 27 with The Hilary Watts Riot and Howard Iceberg and the Titanics. We think it's the most eclectic and bizarre lineup ever assembled for a show by anyone on earth at any time, ever, which of course is not true.

The Deli:  What does “supporting local music” mean to you?

JK: Speaking as Jesse (because I am Jesse), to me it means just trying to soak as much of it up as possible. I go to a show a week, and I try to pick the ones with newer bands.  I like to go where having another person show up might make a difference in how the band feels at the end of the night. Putting yourself out there takes a lot of courage and I think that deserves recognition and respect.  
The Deli:  Who are your favorite “local” musicians right now?

JK: I don't know why "local" is in quotes in that question. Are bands from Canada sneaking across our borders with guitars and posing as KU students?  Well, if so, my favorite Canucks would be The ACBs. I'm a sucker for pop, and especially pop with a rhythmic emphasis and a lot of falsetto singing. I'm joking about the falsetto, but what would The ACBs be without falsetto? (The answer is AC/DC, obviously.) We played a show with Dolls on Fire a while back and I enjoyed that quite a bit. Hey, what's this brown stuff on my nose? I also like bands that don't exist anymore (much) like namelessnumberheadman.
The Deli:  Who are your favorite not-so-local musicians right now?
JK: Top of mind would be Josh Ritter, who killed it at Crossroads KC the other night.  I love his story songs.  Especially the ones about mummies and nuclear warheads. And I've never seen anyone sustain a grin on stage for 2 hours before.

The Deli:  What is your ultimate fantasy concert bill to play on?

JK: Do I have to worry about dying of shame because my band is not nearly as good as the other bands on the bill? OK, assuming megalo-Sexy Accident, where I have huge hair and wear leather pants (which is what we've been missing, really) and Daniel gets to fly around in an anti-grav drum saucer, I'd want to play with the reincarnated Marvin Gaye (backed by the Funk Brothers) and the 1986 version of The Bangles.
The Deli:  Would you rather spend the rest of your life on stage or in the recording studio?
JK: Both would be horrible. Assuming continuous rockage, living on a stage would be like those dance contests in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, only it wouldn't take as long for people to drop dead or start shanking each other.  And living in a studio would lead to a pretty serious vitamin D deficiency, since studios almost never have windows (that's how they keep the sound in).  That said, given a choice of grizzly musical ends, I'd take death by rocking outdoors in Central Park on a series of crisp September days.

The Deli:  A music-themed Mount Rushmore.  What four faces are you putting up there and why?
JK: Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley, Gerard Love and Francis MacDonald. Because that's the lineup of Teenage Fanclub. 
The Deli:  All right, give us the rundown.  Where all on this big crazy web can you be found?

The Deli:  Always go out on a high note.  Any last words of wisdom for the Deli audience?

JK: Never take advice from a marginally successful, semi-professional musician.

Join Jesse and the crew of The Sexy Accident this Friday as they deliver their mercurial brand of pop to The Brick, alongside The Hillary Watts Riot and Howard Iceberg and The Titanics. 

--Zach Hodson

Zach is a lifetime Kansas City resident who plays multiple instruments and sings in Dolls on Fire, as well as contributing to many other Kansas City music, art, and comedy projects.  He is very fond of edamame, treats his cat Wiley better than he treats himself, and doesn't want to see pictures of your newborn child (seriously, it looks like a potato).

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New KC music videos from The Atlantic & The Sexy Accident

 Check out "Aftermath," the music video from The Atlantic

Gigs they have coming up: Angels Rock Bar 6/13, Jackpot (Lawrence) with My Brother the Vulture 6/15, The Granada (Lawrence) with The Rocket Summer 7/6, and Club 906 (Liberty) 8/18.



And "What We'd Do" by The Sexy Accident, directed by Zac Eubank. 

Upcoming gigs: recordBar with Dolls on Fire 6/2, The Brick with The B'Dinas 6/22.



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