Phaxanation & The Dust Kickers

Posted February 18, 2010 in Music



Adrien Parker (vocals, guitar, drums, theremin); Enrique Poveda (drums, bass, guitar, piano); Daniel Huizar (bass, guitar, organ).

From the heavy classic rock days to today’s college radio chartmakers—and there’s even a bit of that “desert rock” vibe, too. (We’ll blame the theremin.)


The Future’s Coming (Robot Maintenance; 2009).

Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to Phaxanation & The Dust Kickers. First, there’s the fact that the Pomona-based indie rock trio are actually multi-instrumentalists (see “Members and Instruments” section above—we’ve counted seven different instruments amongst three dudes). Second, they’re not afraid to explore sounds of both the present and past (member Enrique Poveda notes an influence range from Zeppelin to the Arcade Fire). And lastly, they don’t even stick with one name. Case in point, the band’s MySpace has been somewhat temporarily renamed to “Phaxanation & The Snow Kickers” in light of our local mountains’ recent blanket of white stuff.


But one thing that’s a constant amongst the trio is that they’ve stuck together for nearly year, after initially forming under what was to be a temporary arrangement.


“At first it was going to be a one-off kind of project specifically for [a] show, but we all enjoy playing together so much that we decided to become an official band and write more material,” says frontman Adrien Parker. “We’ve been friends for years—since high school, actually—but the idea to play music together didn’t come about until we were already in college.”


They’ve recently landed spots throughout their hometown, including forthcoming dates at the Fox Theater in March (they’ll actually be on the roof!) and at Cal Poly Pomona in April. And Parker even launched the Robot Maintenance record label, in an effort to spread the band’s tunes and to assemble a collective of like-minded artists.


One of the releases in the works, aiming for a summer debut, is a split EP with the Dust Kickers’ “brother band,” Cowards Like Lions, which Parker explains is actually just “us switched around playing different primary instruments.” So, does this whole “musical diversity” thing ring true? We’d like to think so.


“Never being part of the hardcore, punk, metal, and all other scenes Pomona has gone through, we are striving to do what we like doing most and hoping people like us for our unique sound,” says Poveda. Can’t fault ’em for that.


Phaxanation & The Dust Kickers w/Gentle Matador, Viola [E]volve at the Fox Theater (roof show), 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; March 19. Free.


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