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 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 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 Hallowmas, 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.
Itchy-O recently had the honor of traveling to Tasmania, Australia to play at the Dark Mofo Festival.