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B|_ank, Louise Bock, db pedersen at Communication 10/25

B|_ank(Nashville, TN)
B|_ank(pronounced “blank”) is the solo project of electro-acoustic percussionist/experimental artist Will Hicks. He creates intense and abstract listening experiences by blending his furious drumming style with analog synthesizers, coupled with elements of electronic percussion and live-manipulated digital visuals. His performances can be very harsh and pulsating, as well as ambient and beautiful. Earlier this year he performed at the notorious Big Ears Music Festival where RollingStone chose his performance out of over 100 as one of the best shows of the entire festival and dubbing him as the “best solo drummer”. In addition to his solo work, Hicks is a long-time collaborator with The Flaming Lips, and has recently performed with members of Deerhoof and R Stevie Moore.

“…a spectacle of musical mastery and visual art rarely seen.” -Brightest Young Things

[review of B|_ank performance at Big Ears Music Festival]
“Outside Nashville’s country and pop worlds there’s an underground clamoring not to keep Music City weird (à la Austin in the early 2000s), but make it weirder — which fringier acts like Will Hicks, alias B|_ank, represent well. A drummer, synth player and projectionist who has logged time on the road with the Flaming Lips and played with outsider-music icon R. Stevie Moore, Hicks stands out among numerous solo drum performers for the completeness of his soundscapes, attention to melody (look out for the soon-to-be-released set highlight “Computer”) and the sheer virtuosity of his playing, reminiscent of Hella’s similarly octopus-like Zach Hill. Using the whole room like the craftiest noise-punk drummers do, for the finale, he left a feedback loop going as he hastily dismantled his kit and moved it catty-corner across the venue in three trips — the crowd parting for him each time — then reconstructed it just as fast, wailing on it merrily one last time before signing off.” -Rolling Stone

with local support from

Louise Bock -


db pedersen -

live at communication (2645 Milwaukee Street)
october 25, 2019
8pm | all ages | $8

Earlier Event: October 19
Halfloves x Paper Holland x Visiting Hours
Later Event: November 23
Midas Bison presents Anxious Intimacy