Live Review: Jimkata at The Big Up 2011

Jimkata is a solid electro-rock act. Persistent, steady dance grooves line drum machines, synths, and electric guitar. The band’s powerful drumming and guitar work ride the same wave, catching synthetic high fives and whispering rock n’ roll lyricism out over the constant current of their sonic ocean.

I’m not used to seeing Jimkata in the daylight, and it threw me off a bit. They drew a good crowd, but it wasn’t same as experiencing Jimkata beneath a glowing dance tent, surrounded by shiny hippies and bright, flashing orbs of light. Jimkata is fun, party-time music. Without sounding too crunchy, they make you want to tilt your chin toward the yellow glow of the stage and sway side to side, dancing with your arms and your smile. Jimkata’s music is beautiful indie-rock, electrified and ready for any type of music festival you can throw at it.

While it would have been nice to see them at night, they still fit perfectly into their lineup, slotted before Wobblesauce and The Breakfast. It’s almost as if Shireworks Productions threw The Big Up to celebrate all of the noteworthy up-and-coming acts on the festival scene, spotlighting the major players whose footsteps these incredible bands are following closely behind. Jimkata is another one of those bands, like Dopapod, Papadosio, or Dirty Paris, who have extensively toured the festival circuit this summer. I have to say, The Big Up wouldn’t have been the same without them.

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