Here, we take a look at all the bands performing at the KCXW Draft Event on April 9th at Aftershock along with sneak peaks at their current releases and future plans.
By Nate W. Gearhart (@nategearhart)
The Draft Event to kick off Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling’s inaugural Season of Xcellence takes place at Aftershock Live Music Venue on April 9th. There will be plenty of professional wrestling excitement as the five team captains make their draft picks. In addition, fans will be treated to performances by DJ Rob Dobber and three of the best bands in Kansas City: heroes of hard rock Exeter, gurus of groove Electropossum, and thrash metal masters Hellevate. Check them out here and come see them at Aftershock April 9th.
DJ Rob Dobber, a Los Angeles native now calling Kansas City home, kicks off the KCXW 2016 Draft Event and provides intermission music between bands and segments. His music has already been featured at several KCXW events, and he is leaving an indelible mark on his new hometown through collaboration with the organization. He brings twenty years of breakbeat experience to the (turn)table, where he still spins actual records. DJ Rob Dobber will get this event started on a high note.
Electropossum will follow the introduction of the Team Captains with a set of bluesy rock and roll scientifically calibrated to make you somehow bang your head and shake your ass at the same time. The ultimate mad scientists do-it-yourselfers, Electropossum build their own guitars, effects pedals, and even drums to create their wholly unique rock and roll sound. As prolific at songwriting as they are at performing (they play a show every week), Electropossum are already recording the follow-up to their 2015 self-titled debut album. Singer/guitarist/wrestling fan Jared Dagley is particularly excited for Electropossum to be part of the April 9th KCXW 2016 Draft Event at Aftershock: “I had the action figures and ring when I was a kid. I used to go to house shows at Memorial Hall with my friends. I'm excited to be involved in something wrestling related. Music and wrestling always went well together. We have a couple samples we play between songs cut out of old wrestling promos.”
When Exeter takes the Aftershock stage after the first two rounds of the draft, they will bring an intense energy to their hard-hitting rock and roll performance that will be hard for anyone – band or professional wrestler – to follow. Exeter gives everything they’ve got on every stage they play, and as if they need any more motivation, guitar player Karl Christenson “has been a wrestling fan all his life and has been following KCXW from day one. He's super excited for this one.” When witnessing their boundless energy and hearing their songs’ unfathomable depths, it is sometimes easy to forget that Exeter consists of just four members. Karl, Tom, Evan and Tim have played in many Kansas City bands for a long time, and they put their love of diverse styles of music into every song. Expect Exeter to go all-out at the KCXW 2016 Draft Event performing songs from their album Asylum, including the epic “The Huntress”.
After the third and fourth draft rounds, Kansas City metal titans Hellevate will bring the event to a triumphant close. Hellevate breathed fresh new life into the familiar thrash metal sound on their 2012 debut album Hellevate and their 2014 EP Kill Confirmed, and the five-piece will debut their second full-length album Weapons Against Their Will (along with some killer new merch) on July 1st. Hellevate have become Kansas City’s go-to local support whenever the best metal tours come to town; now on April 9th at Aftershock, Hellevate will headline the KCXW 2016 Draft Event with an onslaught that reminds you of the days when thrash metal was new, dangerous and mean. Just have a look at these guys’ shirts and patches to see who inspires them. But have a listen and you’ll hear they are their own force. They don’t sound like Exodus. They don’t sound like Venom. They sound like Hellevate.