Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Soundchecks: Wallflowers, Wolf Lord, A Fragile Tomorrow, Teepee

Good tunes to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Indie Rock | A Fragile Tomorrow
w/ Sol Driven Train, Acoustic Muffin, and many more
Sun. Sept. 23
Noon
$15
Awendaw Green

A Fragile Tomorrow will join a dozen other Charleston bands at Awendaw Green for NAC Wins, an all-ages fundraising show for Fowler’s Mustache guitarist Nick Collins, who is recovering from a tragic car accident that happened last month. Collins’ left leg was amputated below the knee and he remains in the hospital. According to the most recent post from his family at CaringBridge.org, he is frequently alert and has made several attempts at communicating. “We don’t know Nick personally, but as soon as we heard, we knew we wanted to be a part of this,” says A Fragile Tomorrow drummer Dominic Kelly. “Musical performers have a platform where they can communicate important messages. People are already listening, so it’s all the more reason to use that position to support causes.” The NAC Wins show features a host of the Holy City’s best, including Sol Driven Train, Acoustic Muffin, Danielle Howle with Firework Show, and Sarah Cole and the Hawkes. The show begins at noon and will continue until 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at charleston.strangertickets.com. For more information, visit NACwins.com or awendawgreen.com. —Libby Conwell

Doom Metal | Wolf Lord
w/ Deathface and Worship the Sky
Fri. Sept. 21
8 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Few if any acts in Charleston these days make concept albums. And even fewer make ones about a necromancer who brings about a zombie apocalypse. But that’s what the guys in Wolf Lord have done with their brain-bashing debut album, Krixes, an unholy mix of Mastodon and pre-Yellow and Green album Baroness and Deliverance-era Corrosion of Conformity. “We all come from a different variety of metal sounds,” says guitarist/vocalist Sean Kuhn, who is currently going through a major black metal kick. Although Wolf Lord — featuring Kuhn, Joel Moore on guitar and vocals, Payne Gregory on drums, and Lewis McKenzie on bass — has only been around since March, they’ve managed to craft a debut album that’s about as good as anything else the metal world is offering these days. And in this jam band, Americana, and flip-flop rock loving town, Wolf Lord is something of a rarity. They’re an honest-to-God metal behemoth. “I enjoy having a different sound,” Kuhn says, while McKenzie adds, “It’s just the kind of music we like playing.” And it’s the kind of music that Holy City metal fiends will soon be banging their heads to. Rocky Horror’s latest project, Worship the Sky, and Brooklyn electronic act Deathface are also on the bill. —Chris Haire FRIDAY

Psychedelic Shoegaze | Teepee
w/ M-Tank
Wed. Sept. 19
8 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

When it comes to making music, some artists are inspired by their current paramours. Others by their exes. And then there are those who are inspired by their best friend’s bunkmate, the one they’ve been secretly diddling on the side. But for Teepee’s Erix S. Laurent, inspiration comes from an unlikely source: meditation. The end result: Laurent and his new bandmates craft dreamy and droning music that mimics the mental state of nothingness that many meditators seek. Teepee’s latest, an EP titled Time Meant Nothing, is a prime example. “I wanted to [create] something that would put the listener in a calm, reflective state,” Laurent says. “I try to put that nothingness into the sound.” Time Meant Nothing is but a teaser for Teepee’s forthcoming release, Distant Love or: Time Never Meant Anything, And Never Will, a disc that was two years in the making, in part because Laurent decided to take a break from the music scene in his hometown of Miami, Fla. “It opened up a new world for me,” he says about the self-imposed exile. Teepee’s new album drops on Nov. 6. For more information, visit teepeesounds.com. —Chris Haire WEDNESDAY

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Alt-rock | The Wallflowers
Tues. Sept. 25
7 p.m.
$25/adv.,
$30/door
Music Farm

The Wallflowers apparently don’t like to be rushed. It’s been five years since the band has released an album, a break that frontman and singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan tells us was never intended to last quite so long. That said, he believes the extended hiatus is one reason why the band is still kicking it years after their two late ’90s megahits “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache.” Dylan and the gang — original members Rami Jaffe, Greg Richling, and Stuart Mathis, as well as new drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) — recently finished recording their new album Glad All Over in Nashville and will release it on Oct. 9. The lead-off single “Reboot the Mission” features a surprising collaborator and an even more surprising sound. Mick Jones of The Clash lends vocals and guitar to the track, which takes The Wallflowers off in a new poppier, even techno-ish direction. Visit www.musicfarm.com for more info. —Katie Kimsey TUESDAY


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