If you are looking for an eclectic mix of Phoenix experimental music, blasphemy, comedy, and booze, then you really need look no further than 20 Ft Neon Jesus’ 2017 Crunkathon. This is 20 Foot Neon Jesus’ residency at The Rogue Bar, but they’ve approached it differently than other residencies I’ve seen there. For one, 20 Foot Neon Jesus never played a full set, instead serving as hosts, playing a song or two in between other acts. It’s this unique approach of a telethon, as well as the great artists that they got on the bill, that really make this weird event work.
For starters, the other acts on the bill were all over the sonic map. There was noise duo The Fugly Chuds, bringing their best torture chamber freak outs followed by Wolfzie supplying his own brand of hazy, eternally chill, off-kilter beat stylings. There were stand up comics Daniel Thomson and Michael Paul Kohn providing not necessarily religious-based laughter before standout act T.O.S.O. got real freaky with their “innercism” (it’s the opposite of an exorcism, and I’m not quite sure that’s how it’s spelled) and crazy dope riffage. Philip Kills Dick brought some downtempo soul searching to the mix, with a sound that I can really only describe as Haunted House Hip Hop. Closing out the night was Orangubang, who fits into, and maybe even embodies, the weirdo-rap persona pretty well. Working as hosts throughout the night, 20 Ft Neon Jesus brought their usual style of appropriately blasphemous, occasionally hilarious hip hop preachings.
The night as a whole was very light hearted, tongue-in-cheek affair, and the Rogue is the perfect venue for this kind of event. The next and final night of the 2017 Crunkathon will be May 25 at Rogue Bar and will feature Songs Lacking Talent, MC/DC, Dadadoh, Father’s Day, Mr. UU, Joobs, and comedy by Hattie Hayes and Matt Storrs. If you’re looking to get your soul saved, this might just be the place to be. (EVENT INFO)