Dark Ages of Art Rock
Listen Little Man. This three course meal includes: lead singer, brain child and front man, Alex Alvarez-a notable working class multi-instrumentalist, artist, writer, painter, illustrator, poet and provocateur in The Rust Belt. He is celebrated for his long career of relentless performing dialing back since his early days with Cows in the Graveyard, Love Mutha and under his solo moniker, Xela. Although they have enjoyed many people musically accompanying them throughout the years, the current lineup (since 2013) includes Dylan Tracey ( Bass ) and Kevin Suman ( percussion ). LLM has since pumped out the Listen Little Man self titled demo in 2011, a split 7 inch in 2014, leading up to the current, Dark Ages of Art-Rock – 2016 which they are gigging and touring relentlessly to support. To follow up, Listen Little Man is currently cooking up, a 5 song album with producer Dave Kennedy (Sustainable Sounds) for which they set up a studio at the Ohio City Masonic Arts Center where they recorded for three days under 40 ft. ceilings in an old Masonic ceremony Room. Be looking for this to be released sometime in 2017. Whether it be from their years of friendship playing music together at open mic nights in Cleveland, their stunning dedication to their craft or the fact that these guys toss their hearts on the stage for all to eat up, it is no surprise they leave the crowd having been on a journey through the exotic landscape of one’s Chi.
LLM- The phantom-like effects blend in soft to heavy experimenting in musical landscapes, songs full of color, texture and range of emotion. The vocals sweep from whimsical to agro…articulated tempo changes, rippling reverb, static heart-rhythmic bass lines splattering along like tiny, leaping insects. Sounds whip through like cool wind through a drafty house. The experience is endlessly enticing …Xela speaks to your inner dialogue; lyrics pop; slither and twist around before crashing down like a B52 bomber upon a populated city. They unhinge apocalyptic notions and splay collective meditations on love and harmony… There is a rich observation of tribal mass consciousness as stinging as a wasp, and as graceful as a moth. Some of the changes might make you have to break out your calculator. With Xela on vox dialing it in, Jeff on guitar picking up the phone and Dylan hanging THAT STUFF up like an old coat, you can’t find a better meal around!
LLM puts the pork up in the pan with ingredients from the cook book of: The Pixies, John Lydon, Ian Curtis, Curtis Mayfield, Bjork, Shel Silverstein, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Cyndie Lauper, Etta James, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Melvins, Rush, Primus, Tool, David Bowie, Oceansize, Nina Simone, Faith no More, Michael Hedges and then douses it with: DIY scenes, local music, coffee, nicotine, family and friends, working class artists, the city of Cleveland, Philip Glass, Praxis, Mr. Bungle, Music Concrete, Bill Hicks, Nicola Tesla, Wilhelm Reich, Reggie Watts, Miles Davis , Tom Leher, tribalism, shamanism, cartoons, pot, pizza, Devin Townsend, Tortoise, Danny Elfman, Tom Waits, nature, and …the most pleasant breed of ‘North American Big Hair,’ the man who can make a cloud happy, you guessed it, Mr. Bob Ross. They’ve had shared stages with the likes of, Odeath, and Janes Addiction.