The past few years have seen Aqueous grow from a well known local act out of Buffalo to a band with some national recognition. Constant touring and hard work will do that. However, while the venues and acclaim may both be trending upwards, for the band’s submission in this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, they’ve stripped it down to the roots of being a fledgling band with a performance of “Underlyer” that was filmed in a grimy basement, helping give new meaning to the term grunge rock.
The increasingly popular band competition, held by NPR and based on its Tiny Desk Concert series, serves as an open casting call of sorts and a chance for bands/artists to submit video entries of a stripped-down, NPR-ish performance that takes place behind a desk of some sort. The contest winner gets a chance to really increase their exposure with follow up performances on NPR programs and a corresponding national tour that gets awarded. Phish’s Trey Anastasio helped serve as a celebrity judge in last year’s competition and Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas, last year’s winners, will serve in the same capacity this year.
Aqueous has upcoming tour dates in Rochester on April 13 and 14 as well as Ithaca on April 21 and none are scheduled to be in a basement. For further details and dates, check out the band’s official website here.