Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013
with The Bohannons, Faux Ferocious & Roy Ira
The High Watt
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The Bohannons are known locally for hosting national and international artists in their hometown of Chattanooga, a mid-size post-industrial southern city with a burgeoning arts scene. The land and the population are indicative of the material generated by the band. They play regularly with regional bands Lucero, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, the Features and Jason Isbell. The Bohannons have been creating musical narratives informed by personal experience, blending classic and modern influences, since the early 90s when brothers Matt and Marty Bohannon made their first recording onto a four-track cassette tape in a duplex garage at their parents' home. Their soundscapes emanate country, blues and folk standards fused together with rock, punk and power pop structures. Roky Erikson, Crazy Horse, Hellacopters, Frank Black and The Band are often mentioned in describing The Bohannons sound. Following their first release, Songs for the Disenfranchised, The Bohannons were invited to perform at 2008's Mucklewain Festival. That same year they would complete their first tour of England. In 2010, they recorded their most recent album, Days Of Echo with Steve Albini. It is available for download at http://bandcamp.bohannons.com
Faux Ferocious was formed in Knoxville in the winter of 2007. Four Irish kids who were in to jazz but didn't want to get involved in a jazz practice, got together to try to re-order the jazz establishment by making pop music out of guitars and drums. The results were a long time in the making, first the group assembled and then a few years later it had established an identity and was no longer four aloof strangers, it was one unit capable of transplanting itself (if only to return shortly thereafter) to the reaches of the region. Due to various financial schemes of dubious providence they have been in newspapers and rock-clubs alike, even simultaneously.
The sound has been healthy and rather rootless, changing with the moods / interests of its participants (again lanky, tempermental Irishmen + fiscal / social conservatives). One revelatory group was The Sonics, a group that captured rock and pop instruementation with piercing and distorted vocalising and an overall feel that didn't intentionally shy from melodiousness while working with the best aspects of the strange, car-containing, pidgeon-holing, popular adejctive: garage. The Sonics had the energy and cohesion the group wanted, it was just the right fringe of filth on an otherwise freshly laundered courdory shirt. And so some debt of gratitude is owed to them.
Formed in Knoxville in 2007 and moved to Nashville in 2010, the group's members (faux ferocious, again social moderates / fiscal half-wits) think of themselves as fit ambassadors, well-toned travellers, tan entertainers, lonesome athletes and above all grateful guests, who are able to give themselves over completely to the requisite gyrations and seemingly epileptic convulsions of a first-rate rock show. Alas, they "don't know if [they] are in a garden or not" â€“ but don't judge them or trust them, just love them and hear them.
Roy Ira are an original Nashville band that create their own brand of music by merging traditional and old-timey country with influences in the fields of independent rock, Americana, and gospel.
Roy Ira is the creation of songwriter Keith Parish, who developed an interest in traditional country while a music composition student at Florida State University. Won over by the mixture of comedy, sadness, and simplicity that is the hallmark of many great country tunes, he took those inspirations and combined them with his influences in the fields of indie rock and church music to form a band that creates it’s own unique blend of Americana. Lyrically, the songs are plain spoken and straightforward but speak at depth about love, religion, and death, while frequently using satire, humor, and Biblical references.