To paraphrase Kiss, Oklahoma City loves it loud.
It loves it so much so that the Okie Noise Fest, a free, nine-hour tribute to turning it up to 11, returns Saturday, this time to OKC, after a successful launch at Normans Opolis a year ago. Fest co-founder Robert Layton, front man for local garage rockers Psychotic Reaction, believes an untapped market for this type of music that is, loud exists.
Okie Noise Fest had its beginnings in The Campaign for Real Music in Pauls Valley, but when Layton parted ways with the friend with whom hed put it on, so did that event.
Noise Fest is just a continuation of that, he said. I changed the name to Okie Noise Fest because we want to showcase some really loud and crazy bands. Its mainly anything ranging from stoner rock or grunge or garage anything thats just really loud and, you know, abrasive. Thats the kind of music I like to play, and the kind of music my friends like to play. Its to showcase music that doesnt usually get showcased.
The festival, held in front of Bad Grannys Bazaar in the Plaza District, is free and ends right at midnight, Layton said, because of the sound permits.
The tentative lineup of loud and
local bands includes:
Dudes of America,
Layton is most excited to check out OKC punk act Limp Wizurdz.
Theyre a bunch of, like, kids. Theyre
probably like 17 or 18 years old. Theyre awesome! he said. They kind
of remind me of the Dead Milkmen or Black Flag. Theyre cool and
theyve got a lot of energy, and thats why theyre the perfect kind of
band to play Noise Fest.
said he hopes Noise Fest attendees not only will have their eardrums
shattered, but perhaps will discover their next favorite band.
music is one of the rawest forms of expression left in our culture, he
said. Its not a dying art, but its an old form thats still on the
rise here. People can come out and experience what its truly all about.
Its not just some DJ playing his iPod for people to fry their brains
on; this is real live, real loud music that has something for everybody.
It continues a spirit thats been moving through Oklahoma and the
world, since the beginning of rock n roll, you know?