ITCHY-O IS A DENVER-BASED PERCUSSION-CENTERED ELECTRONIC PERFORMANCE GROUP
THIS 50-PIECE MASKED BAND OF CHAOS INVITES YOU TO DISSOLVE THE PERFORMER/AUDIENCE DIVIDE AND MELT INTO THE BEDLAM OF THE DISORIENTING POWER THAT IS ITCHY-O
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, itchy-O completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in a pounding electric bog of music, ephemera and spectacle.
The masked and hive-minded itchy-O 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 was selected to act as a centerpiece at MONA’s world renowned Dark MOFO fest in Tasmania in 2016, has played with David Byrne & St. Vincent, and performed at Riot Fest with Iggy Pop, Bad Religion, and Public Enemy. They have headlined the Denver Center for Performing Art’s Hallowmass and are the darlings of Austin’s prestigious film festival, Fantastic Fest, performing there three years in a row. They have opened for DEVO, Beats Antique, The Melvins and have been featured on Colorado Public Radio (CPR), Openair, KGNU’s After FM. They have also performed at 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 six years in a row.
“itchy-O shows over and over again that they’re not a bunch of stoned hippies passively sitting around a sloppy drum circle. Instead, they’re shaping these intrinsic rhythms and beats with new musical perspectives that are as sophisticated and complex as they are savage and primordial.”
“The itchy-O Marching Band tore down the third wall (and the fourth and the fifth) in an all-enveloping performance that aimed to elevate the conscious mind. Tonight, we would realize all dichotomies are false. Nearly three-dozen performers roared from the stage and the dance floor. They weaved among audience members, making us part of the show. Further blasting away the notion of differences, Itchy-O combined cultural forces: Taiko drums, mariachi getups, pseudo fascist propaganda, Illuminati cultishness, cyberpunk splatter, alien space jams, full-face hijabs, even a Chinese dragon that writhed about the dance floor in wild abandon throughout the entire set. There was solidarity in our collective acknowledgement of the freakishness of our ways — all of our ways. Think 21st century drum circle, where cyborg bulls are slaughtered on the altar of Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “GALLOW’S DISCO” OFF THE 2017 RECORD “FROM THE OVERFLOWING”
ITCHY-O PERFORMING “FROM THE OVERFLOWING” AT MEOW WOLF
ITCHY-O PERFORMING “FROM THE OVERFLOWING” LIVE ON WGN-TV CHICAGO
ITCHY-O PLAYED FOUR NIGHTS AT THE DARK MOFO FESTIVAL IN TASMANIA