KCUR's Band Of The Week: Wick And The Tricks

Oct 11, 2017

Aligned with the riotgrrrl and queercore punk movements, Kansas City's Wick & the Tricks celebrate the release of a new four-song, 7-inch limited edition vinyl "Not Enough" at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club on Saturday.

By the end of their “lasciviously energetic performances,” Wick & the Tricks pledge that onlookers are likely to be “making out or in a fist fight” with a member of the band. The four songs on "Not Enough" back this up: There's the bitter rant “Yr So Rad,” the confrontational “Drama Queen,” the thrilling “Kansas City Bang Bang” and the gritty “Tough as Nails.”

Wick & the Tricks cite the New York Dolls, the Stooges and Jim Carroll as influences, but “Drama Queen” echoes Kiss’ “Detroit Rock City” more than the output of those proto-punk artists.

Saturday’s show also serves as the premiere of the music video for “Tough as Nails,” a short film that’s billed as “the weirdest, creepiest thing you’ve seen since Inauguration Day.”

Wick & The Tricks, 9 p.m. Saturday, October 14 at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. The Quivers, the Midnight Devils and Red Kate are also on the bill.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at Plastic Sax.