Rising local act Special-K disbands and its leader vows to go on

Alan Madrigal

Citing interpersonal frustrations—and onstage complications during a recent show in Salem, Oregon—lovable Vegas lo-fi-trio Special-K has announced it’s calling it quits.

Singer/guitarist Aldred Basiga had been spearheading the band’s growth since its 2014 inception. His Stephen Malkmus-y approach to fuzzy guitar wailing, bolstered by the rhythm section of Jacob Lasky (bass) and Justin Ptak (drums), had swiftly garnered a local fan base, along with opening spots for touring acts like Built to Spill and Tenement. Yet, Basiga says, Special-K’s members reacted differently to that relatively quick attention. “I’m going into music because I believe it to be my art, my way of expression. I feel like certain members in the band might see it for different reasons, you know?”

Working within a competitive scene, Basiga says he also found himself being challenged and engaged to improve his songwriting—and potentially find new collaborators. “I’ve recently found other musicians that I adore, that I feel like a could mesh well with.” In the short term, Basiga plans to continue writing—and start recording—on his own. “I’ve always loved lo-fi rock music. I plan to pick up a four-track recorder and record at home, just make albums,” he says.

Special-K fans have one more chance to catch the band before it’s gone: January 21 with Dear Nora and Indigo Kidd at 11th Street Records.

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