Jon Wayne and The Pain
Iowa City Yacht Club — Thursday, October 8 at 10 p.m.
With a kickass name and a relaxed, fun sound, Jon Wayne and The Pain have been gathering a robust fanbase for nearly a decade. The group hails from the Twin Cities, but their sound is not what you’d expect from Midwestern boys. Electric, reggae and rock blend seamlessly to create the band’s continuously evolving sound. As the band’s success has grown, it led them to music festivals such as Electric Forest, an increasingly popular event featuring EDM and psychedelia.
Surrender is the band’s most recent album, which was released in October 2013. “Festival Friends,” the album’s first track, is heavily reggae-themed, while discussing their experiences at the festivals they play. Other tracks, such as “Wharf Rat,” engage more of the electronic side of their repertoire. “It Aint So” even engages some hip-hop aspects, which matches well with their reggae sound. Check out all of the tracks on the band’s website.