Prepare to get All Messed Up, again
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Back in October 2010, more than 30 local musicians—most of them from Milwaukee’s thriving noise scene—took part in a high-concept musical experiment. Drawing names from a hat, nine new bands were formed, and each band was given two months to come up with 15 minutes worth of new material. The resulting show was documented in All Messed Up, a short film from High Frequency Media. Now, just over a year later, a second installment in the band-member-swapping series is in the works, appropriately titled All Messed Up Again.
Organized by Anthony Schwader of Holy Shit!, the premise of All Messed Up Again remains nearly identical to its predecessor—randomly created bands will be given two months to write 20 minutes worth of new songs—though the size of the experiment has doubled. 64 musicians will be enlisted for the new project, and will form 16 four-member groups. The initial drawing will take place Dec. 11 at Linneman’s; two months later, the newly created—and hopefully sufficiently rehearsed—bands will play during a two-night event, also at Linneman’s, Feb. 11 and 12.
Schwader is still accepting names for All Messed Up Again, though only a handful of open slots remain. More information can be found at the event’s Facebook page.