The Phonocaptors with Sex Robots
10 p.m. Friday, June 5. Deluxe, 2733 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood.
By Jaime Lees
Published on June 02, 2009 at 10:11am
Local rockers the Phonocaptors were once a beloved Midwestern treasure, a band revered for dynamic live shows and for songs built on vibrant, fuzzy guitars. The trio created three albums full of powerful, juicy rock & roll candy — thanks to guitarist/songwriter Jason Hutto’s flashy riffs, Keith Voegele’s weighty bass and the slick drumming of Scott “Scooter” Hermes. The Phonos disbanded in 2004, and since then, its members have found success with other bands, including area favorites the Bottle Rockets, Bunnygrunt, Tight Pants Syndrome and Walkie Talkie U.S.A. However, these experiences have just added to the trio’s many talents — which it’ll reveal once again at this Friday night reunion show. Welcome back, Phonocaptors. We missed you.
St. Louis finally has a south-side supergroup. Jason Hutto (formerly of Midwest indie-rock favorites the Phonocaptors and Sexicolor) recently formed Walkie Talkie U.S.A. (www.myspace.com /walkietalkieusa) with members of Red Eyed Driver and two former members of Nadine. Walkie Talkie U.S.A. is making new, refreshing rock music while welcoming collaborations with friends in Bunnygrunt and the Sex Robots. This collision of talent results in songs that are as diverse as they are textured. Main songwriter Hutto mixes the cocksure swagger of the Phonocaptors with the catchy choruses of Sexicolor to create radiant, powerfully addictive pop songs. Their sound incorporates layers of bold power guitar, arresting harmonies, glam posturing and even twinkling, trippy Flaming Lips-ish delicacies. Don’t miss this one.