PLAYBACK:stl @ Cicero’s | 04.29.08

April 29: PLAYBACK:stl presents Simple Esoteric, People Noise, Tone Rodent.


Tuesdays at CICERO’s | 8:30 p.m.
6691 DELMAR | $5 ($8 for minors) | 16+

Join PLAYBACK:stl as we host Tuesday nights at Cicero’s in the Loop of University City here in St. Louis. Each week, we will bring great acts to the cozy room in the club that offers fantastic bands every night. (We highly recommend the pizza.)


Simply Esoteric | I have been playing guitar and writing songs for five years now. I grew up playing classical and jazz piano, but got good enough to play my favorite Counting Crows and Smashing Pumpkins songs. Now I write and arrange songs on my Wurlitzer electric piano, which I love. I picked up drums in college and I now play with the Mirror Stage. I’m trying to take the St. Louis scene by storm, but it is a slow process.

People Noise (Louisville) | People Noise is a name that constitutes sound, and a lot of it. They began making music in early January 2006 after a 10-year involvement with VHS or Beta came to a halt. One of the founding members of VoB, Zeke Buck, together with Matt Johnson on drums, has set out to do some of the things they were never able to do in past groups. There is a very human and somewhat introverted playfulness to their songs, desperate and spirited Aphex Twin-like moments which at times break into an external guitar-driven frenzy.

Tone Rodent | Tone Rodent is a sonic, psychedelic, heavy shoegaze/space rock band compared to the likes of Spacemen 3, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine and The Velvet Underground. Tone Rodent sprung to life in the fall of 1999 with an initial concept rooted in creating layers of sound washes through manipulation and experimentation. Since then, they have moved from a soundtrack-type ambient drone to a sonic rock band.

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