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Show Review: Ceschi Ramos (a punk’s perspective at a hip-hop show)

As a punk rocker, I’m constantly going to shows, but not usually ones like this. I was attracted to this show by Ceschi. His recent split with Pat The Bunny really got me curious to hear and know more about his style of music.
I was originally planning to catch Ceschi in Berkeley at the Gilman, but when I saw he was going to be in Fresno on a Saturday, I decided that would likely work out better for me and I have absolutely no regrets about this decision. The venue was The Honeycomb and there were aspects of this place you could never achieve at the Gilman. Upon entering, you’re basically in an art gallery with artists actively working on paintings. Everyone I came in contact with was very welcoming and friendly, especially the performers.

The first performer was A.Hymnz (or ArTcher Hymnz). (Keep in mind, I don’t actively listen to these styles of music, so I just interpret things as I hear them.) This guy’s style really reminded me of an underground hip-hop artist. I want to say he somewhat reminded me of Atmosphere and I’m sure there are better examples out there. I didn’t know the words to his songs, but as I heard them, I could tell lyrics meant something to him and his songs flowed together really well.
Check out his music on bandcamp.

The second artist to take the stage goes by the name of Flued One. This guy gave me a much more mainstream feel, and not in a bad way. Some might hear mainstream and instantly think “sellout”, but maybe that’s more the case with punk music. Regardless Flued One put on a great show and performance. You could tell he was comfortable on stage and in front of a crowd.

Both A.Hymnz and Flued One were rappers, but each offering their own unique style. Because of this, there wasn’t a lot of down time between their performances since they mostly just had to get the right beats set up and pass the mic. This didn’t seem to effect the crowd or the show in any negative way and might have even made it better since the night was just getting started.

The third performer was a man by the name of Bobby Loveless. The first thing I noticed was he was very lyrical and much like Flued One he had a very comfortable stage presence. His vocals were a lot more raw than I was expecting, so with me being into punk, I really enjoyed the rawness of his set. He even screamed in one song and I loved it. Also, all of his songs flowed very well from song to song. His voice had a perfect level of raspyness to make it sound amazing.
Check him out here.

The fourth performer was Ersatz Splynter. This has a great flow. For the most part, he’s a very fast rapper. The crowd was loving it. One song he even rapped a verse in spanish. He didn’t seem new to performing and put on a great performance. I got a chance to talk to him after the show and much like everyone else I talked to, he was very humble. I really wish I had more to say about this guy as I genuinley enjoyed his performance.
Check him out here  – There will be links to a few other of his videos as well and I’m sure if you YouTube him, you’ll find him.

The fifth artist to perform is known as Sahab. The first thing you’ll notice about him is that he’s got a lot of equipment. I don’t know much about being a DJ, but I would say this was very DJ-ish (pardon me if that is way off). He made all of his beats himself on the spot and had several sound clips. I think he only actually sang on one song. He reminded me of Reggie Watts, but not comedic. Also, before his performance they turned all the lighting effects on, so it really gave that EDM or dance style party music effect. I could picture this being played at a club or something of the like. He did experience a technical difficulty at one point, but I don’t believe it was his fault and it hardly took away from the performance, he got it back up quick and got right back to it.

Tommy V was the sixth artist to perform. The first thing I noticed about him was how lyrical they can be. By the looks of him, you probably wouldn’t expect the performance he puts on. This guy really killed it in front of a stage. The crowd knew the lyrics to one song better than him, which I thought was pretty special. He just forgot a little part of a song but the crowd surly did not. He made a comment about how “you guys know this better than me”. Not really the type of thing you see at every show, so I really appreciated this. Tommy V is from Montana and the only other musician to have merch other than Ceschi, of which I purchased. The second song he played guitar and sang a more folkish song about being too high which was all too appropriate for this event. He might of made a couple mistakes on the guitar, but he wasn’t doing simple chords either. Towards the end he played another guitar song that was a little slower. The mistakes or whatever you would call them only added to the performance and to me, made the whole performance better. I could probably talk about this guy for a while. He had such a versatile style. The third song had yodeling going on with the crowd’s help. He’s constantly switching styles. He raps. He sings slower songs that are easy to sing along with. He’s really got a lot to bring to the table when you really take a chance to appreciate it. The crowd got into his set so naturally. He had a rap/rock song with yodeling. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, Ceschi got on stage and sang a song with him but Ceschi forgot a part, so you can’t really blame Tommy V for that.

Check out Tommy V’s here.

Ceschi. Who the great majority of the crowd was there to see, finally takes the stage. I was excited as he was the only artist that had songs I had even heard before. After all, I was planning on catching Ceschi in at the Gilman in Berkeley with completely different supporting acts.

Instantly, very active. He moves around a lot and really got the energy flowing. The crowd is completely in love with him, nearly singing along to every song, word for word. It didn’t take long to tell he’s not new to performing in front of a crowd. I had the luck of actually meeting and having conversations with him throughout the night. Such a humble guy. The venue didn’t really have any seating besides a couch that almost felt like reserved seating, even though I don’t think it was. The only seat was right next to Tommy V and Ceschi’s merch. As a result of this, people automatically assumed I was working merch, so I did. I made a few sales and as soon as I would see him again, I would give him the money and tell him what he sold. He told me I didn’t have to do that for him, but it was almost an honor in a way to get to know him the way I did.

(From memory, which isn’t all that great) I believe his first song was a rap style song but almost instantly he picked up a guitar and started playing a new song. He then put the guitar down and went right back to rapping. It was great how he mashed up his performance so well. It just flowed great. The energy was amazing. Much like Tommy V, Ceschi has a very versatile style, you can’t help but be entertained. He did a mini speech about how the government is fucked just before going into a song with guitar, and sang at a normal pace. This got the whole crowd chanting along the lyrics but the next song was a much faster, more upbeat rap song, and he still had a lot singing along with him. Ceschi’s songs are very lyrical and often times have a deep meaning.

In the middle of the set, he decided to take everyone outside for a few acoustic songs. How much more raw can you get? It was so cold outside, you could see his breath as he was singing the songs. He had taken his sweater off inside, so he’s out here in a t-shirt. After about 3 songs, he took us back inside to finish up with some rap songs. He got off the stage and just stood in the crowd. The intimacy of Ceschi’s performance was unreal. The show was finished with him getting down to his knees in the middle of the crowd for the last song of which ended fully acoustic with no mic.

And throughout the night I would see Ceschi selling his merch for whatever people would offer, often taking less than the minimum he was asking. Of course some paid the full price, the higher of the two options. One kid even paid in some foreign currency of which is likely worth much less than if it were just an actual 5 dollar bill. By the very end of the night, he was giving things out. He was giving away tank tops, as he mostly only had odd sizes left. He had a few t-shirts. He gave me one that’s much too small, but I’m a punk, so cutting something out and sewing it onto something else isn’t anything new to me.

Be sure to check out Ceschi at his bandcamp.

“EVERYTHING SOUNDS BETTER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD”

Every performer will receive at least one like on all social media, from me, they all deserved it.