A throbbing 32-piece band of masked chaos invites you to dissolve the performer/audience divide and melt into the bedlam, that is the disorienting power of itchy-O. itchy-O is a Denver-based percussion-centered electronic performance band. itchy-O brings a sophisticatedly savage sound and the sheer ecstasy of instruments untethered and running free. With a driving drum corps battery, Taiko drummers, an arsenal of electronics including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and many other special devices, the IOMB completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in a pounding electric bog of music, ephemera and spectacle. The masked and hive-minded IOMB is waging war on predictable mediocrity with their blind-siding-style performances which feature an artfully hazardous Chinese lion, a troupe of sensuous dancing provocateurs, fog, strobes, sequins, sweat and fury.

Itchy-O released its first full length LP on Jello Biafra’s famed record label Alternative Tentacles in 2014. They have played with David Byrne & St. Vincent’s band as well as performing at Riot Fest with Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Public Enemy. They have headlined the Denver Center for Performing Art’s Hallowmass, played at Austin’s prestigious film festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Stanley Film Fest. They have opened for Devo, Beats Antique, The Melvins, and San Francisco’s Extra Action Marching Band. Itchy-O has been featured on Colorado Public Radio, OpenAir, KGNU’s After FM, performed for the Biennial of the Americas, Tucson’s All Souls Festival, ScoutMob’s Halloween Bash in Atlanta, Austin’s Art Outside, Adobe’s Effective UI, and toured the US four years in a row.

THE PLAYERS

Bryan Aquino ~ Snare
Adam Loudermilk ~ Timbales
Jesse Dickens ~ Quint Tenors
Joe Hatfield ~ Quad Tenors
Scott Banning ~ Roto-Toms
Nick Lloyd ~ Bass Drum
Stephen Daniel Karpik ~ Bass Drum
Carlo Campagna ~ Cymbals
Sara Miller ~ Cymbals
Alicia Cardenas ~ Cymbals
Robert Drew Burleson ~ Cymbals

Kirsten Vermulen ~ Synthesizer/Vocoder
David Britton ~ Synthesizer/Vocoder
Devon Francy ~ Electric Bass
Roger Liu ~ Electric Guitar
John Gross ~ Vocoder
Joe Mehner ~ Samples
Aaron Spriggs ~ Theremin
Pamela Webb ~ Taiko
Sarah Anderson ~ Taiko
Andre Cover ~ Taiko

Joanne M.W. Liu ~ Chinese Lion Dancer
Megs Burd ~ Chinese Lion Dancer
Jen GaNun ~ Chinese Lion Dancer
Steven Call ~ Polyphonic I
Landon Ricker ~ Polyphonic II
Andrew Linares ~ Polyphonic Unit III
Brian Dudley ~ Polyphonic Unit III

Sara Valentine ~ Creep Unit
Jenny Smalling ~ Creep Unit
Rachel Qualliotine ~ Creep Unit
Jiah Shin ~ Creep Unit
Evelyn Fugate ~ Creep Unit
Mariah Becerra ~ Special Effects
Justin Hicks ~ MSP (Most Special Player)
Brad Smalling ~ Live Audio Engineer