Connibal Road at The Pageant, July 31, 2011
Connibal Road will be performing at the Rock U Festival at Atomic Cowboy, which will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The group comes from the Southern part of Illinois and was formed in 2007. Two years later, they released their self-titled EP for free download and have been playing the St. Louis music scene ever since that time.
Every month the Pageant hosts numerous local events, one being the Ticketmaster New Music Spotlight. It was on this hot Saturday night of July 31, 2011, in St. Louis, that I attended this show to witness the sights and sounds of Connibal Road, along with several other local St Louis bands.
When Connibal Road hit the stage, I was initially focused on the drummer, Sean Leonberger. He puts a lot into his performance, which has apunk rock style of drum playing that I personally admire. The vocalist, Ryan Nelson, puts thought and depth to the lyrics, and his melodies are harmonized from time to time by both Michael Bivenz and Rick Harshany. Rick seems to be the more outgoing of the two, but there was one point in the show where Michael really showed his skills in the form of a solo. Not your average solo, either; it had atmosphere to it. Bassist Benjamin Coan, seemed to quickly warm up to the Pageant’s large stage after a song or two. After that, he was really into it and smiling away, while playing his six-string bass. The guitar work has syncopation to it and makes for some interesting layers at play, between the punk style drums and all. You can see for yourself: download their first two singles from The Longing of the Black and White by going to their website link, posted below this article. August 19, 2011 they will be at Fubar for the Live, Loud & Local Fest, and be sure to check them out at Rock U Fest. I know I will.