The dangerous idiots
- The Dangerous Idiots Live at the Legendary White Water Tavern (2016)
- Frankenbastard (2013)
- DANGEROUS IDIOTS (2011)
In 2009, Aaron Sarlo returned to music, founding The Dangerous Idiots. The original lineup was Aaron Sarlo, Shayne Gray (drummer for Techno Squid Eats Parliament, Paul Bowling (bassist from punk legends, Trusty). Both were attracted to the project based on the strength of a large set of demos from Sarlo. The current lineup is Sarlo, Jake Rutherford (of the seminal prog rock outfit Reagan's Polyp) and Greg Olmstead. Since its inception, The Dangerous Idiots has released the critically acclaimed DANGEROUS IDIOTS (2011), Frankenbastard (2013), and The Dangerous Idiots Live at the Legendary White Water Tavern (2016), has toured the American south extensively, playing festivals such as Valley of the Vapors and The Legends of Arkansas. The band is currently recording their third studio album, due out in 2018.
“Sarlo's wordplay on 'Cooler Than You' is hilarious, as he is offering a backhanded put down to any scenster or wannabe attempting to play at the Rock n Roll Game... Dangerous Idiots is a masterclass in Rock n Roll expertise.” – We were Promised So Much
“The Dangerous Idiots embark into other genres... classy sounds of the 70s AM rock, the type you could use for a long stretch of road in the desert (USA's Route 66, Mexico's San Luis Potosi Highway, your pick).” – Sloucher
“Driven by frontman Aaron Sarlo's eternally earnest vocals, the band has been lauded for philosophically savvy tunes like 'He Who Has the Information Is the Leader,' but can just as easily rip out a heartbreakingly sweet love song like 'Wifi.'” – The Arkansas Times
“The Dangerous Idiots' sound is normally one full of noise and riffs slightly reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins in their prime; however, [the song] 'Sad' features a ukulele and vocalist Aaron Sarlo in a moment of understated beauty and innocence."” – The 405
- Tabanid Camisade (2014)
After the demise of Laundry for the Apocalypse, Aaron Sarlo and Adrian Brigman chose to continue making music together, enlisting the help of drummer Bryan Baker and bassist, Matt Rakes. (Baker would later step down as drummer, replaced by powerhouse Greg Olmstead.) Duckstronaut immediately began deconstructing another set of demos by Aaron Sarlo, reimagining them for electric washboard, Moog™ theremin, electric dulcimer, and intricate, Primus-infused bassing. The band began to write songs together, as well. Of the three albums worth of resulting music came 2014's Tabanid Camisade, named for fallen friend T.C. Edwards. Duckstronaut has an intensely loyal (albeit cosily small) fanbase; the band is currently tracking their explosive follow up record, due out in 2018.
“Has the rhythmic attack of Talking Heads, hooks and dynamics reminiscent of The Pixies, and the biting wit and humor of Primus or Frank Zappa. This debut is one of the most original statements I've heard from anyone around these parts.” – Rock Candy Blog
techno squid eats parliament
- We're Back. What Did We Miss? (2015)
- Techno-Squid Eats Parliament (1994)
Produced by Grammy™ winner, John Hampton, Techno Squid Eats Parliament's eponymous debut is a skronky, noisy fusion of sing-song melodies and wheezing guitar, with the nervous zeal that made early Buzzcocks albums so fine. The fuzzy guitar chords are balanced by big, stinky grooves and Alex Chiltonian melodies. For any lover of Anglo-phized, stridently hooky power-pop, Techno Squid Eats Parliament is a real find.
"Anglo-smart power-pop with punk undertones" – Billboard Magazine
"Techno Squid signed with Memphis label, Ardent Records. They played SXSW, NXNE [MTV Canada famously told the band they were the only act they came to see at NXNE], were featured on MTV's 120 Minutes, toured the country, sharing bills with the likes of Cheap Trick, Alex Chilton, Cracker, Bare Naked Ladies, and All. Before long, however..." - The Arkansas Times
The three members of Slept transplanted themselves from Little Rock to the chilly, intellectual environs of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Slept immediately began writing songs and touring around New England. Now, one lives in Little Rock, one lives in Boston, and one lives in Dublin. But, for a white hot minute, in the Boston music scene, these guys ruled. Oh, and they're gonna record some new songs in 2018 or 2019 or whenever.
“I would categorize my intense compulsion to partake in Slept's 'Ick Tank' as more of an addiction than a pastime” – Stubble
“Slept started writing songs while snowed in during a blizzard. 20 little gems came out. They have made tons of club appearances, and the band is about to release a new 6 song cassette, 'Ick Tank.' This summer, Slept will embark on a promotional tour that will dwarf the likes of their 'Touch Me Again and I'll Kill You' tour of last fall.” – Metronome
Laundry for the Apocalypse
- Laundry for the Apocalypse (2013)
Laundry for the Apocalypse was founded by Aaron Sarlo and Adrian Brigman, two lifelong friends who both shared a key interest in Little Rock's seminal power pop pioneers, Techno Squid Eats Parliament. Sarlo was a member of Techno Squid, and Techno Squid was the first live show Adrian Brigman ever saw. In 2011, Sarlo and Brigman began toying with rough demos of Sarlo's, when a friend overheard the music and asked to join the duo. Two more members asked to join based on these nascent demos, and a five-piece, eclectic, guitar and synth pop band was born. Laundry's songs began as demos by Sarlo, but as the band wrote together and began playing live, Laundry for the Apocalypse honed a sound that was unlike anything in Little Rock, Arkansas, and most other places. Part buzz saw guitar licks, part dirty piano, part flute, part electric washboard, part double drum kits, part trumpet, their debut album (which was also their final album as Laundry for the Apocalypse disbanded in 2013), sold out of every copy at the band's release show. Laundry for the Apocalypse was a finalist in the 2012 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. The album was soft released online, but was scrubbed from media in 2014 due to licensing issues.
“Stupendous… more infectious than the common cold…” – Twitter Tunez
“There is a variety of sounds and influences here, with songs changing shape and structure from melodic indie pop to aggressive punk and back again… [Laundry for the Apocalypse] are good, very good, indeed…” – Echoes and Dust
“All of the promise held on their early demo recordings has come to fruition on Laundry for the Apocalypse’s self-titled debut album. The band’s live show has always been top-notch, but now we’ve got this fantastic-sounding album as a permanent document.” – The Arkansas Times