A newish Madison power-pop band is among the highlights at this benefit for WORT. Info
Bent Antenna began last year as a duo project for Christian Grooms and Matt Earley, both switching between guitars, vocals, drums, and ukulele to explore a few different angles of raggedy but decidedly bright pop. They've since expanded the lineup with a couple of esteemed Madison music veterans, bassist Lisa Marine (The Tiny Band, Noahjohn, The Quickies) and drummer Dan Hobson (best known for his time in Killdozer). The songwriting so far is roughly in a power-pop vein, but it's versatile. Tracks like "The Daily Line" are frantic and blown out with scruffy distortion, but Bent Antenna also has a patient, melancholy streak, as captured on "Inamoratasphere." Another recent single, "The Party's Over," lands somewhere between those poles, starting off with snappy but almost plaintive verses before the drums, sleek vocal harmonies, and punchy guitars begin to build up.
Bent Antenna plays here as part of a fundraiser show for WORT-FM, which also serves as a "warm-up" for Sunday's WORT Block Party. Fellow Madison bands Momotaros and Daily Smoker will be playing, and WORT DJs The Real Jaguar and Farmer Shaun will be spinning records. —Scott Gordon