On the heels of Johnny Delaware announcing his departure from SUSTO, he has also revealed his new project, The Artisanals, which comprises Delaware, Brave Baby's Jordan Hicks, and local newcomer Clay Houle.
"Clay Houle and I have been writing together for well over a year now, and Jordan Hicks just decided to become an Artisanal like ... last week," Delaware says. "So the songs are there, but the band is still forming and in a very early stage."
But babies or not, this band will make its debut in style when they open for the Band of Horses on Fri. Dec. 30 and Sat. Dec. 31 at Washington D.C.'s renowned 9:30 Club.
As for the Artisanals' sound, we're so far placing it on the lo-fi indie-rock spectrum and calling it 1970s falsetto folk. But all we have to go by so far is the teaser video below — and these words from Delaware:
"We're going to be a rock band with melodic and dynamic songwriting, with various cultural influences," he says. "Think Ween without the heroin, or Petty on more marijuana than usual."
The Artisanals will have download cards available at the the Band of Horses shows, which will allow you to access the band's demos on their website. "Our EP should be out by late spring or early summer and a first album will soon follow that."
Savage Souls take a trip to the woods in "Nightmares"
North Charleston hip-hop trio Savage Souls released a new video today for the track, “Nightmares,” off their most recent record, Sword Gang. The group has now made a video for each of the collection’s five songs, including “Mad Men,” “Beyond Average,” and “Colossus.”
“Nightmares” is the last video in what the group calls the Sword Gang Trilogy. Last year’s “Mad Men” featured a nurse, played by Kristy Bunch, who murdered a series of mental hospital employees before releasing Savage Souls from an insane asylum. Earlier this year, “Beyond Average” picked up, in comic book form, where "Mad Men" left off, though the video finishes with the guys performing at their own Red Jesus Studios.
“‘Nightmares’ picks up, sort of, from there,” Kae G says. “Kristy Bunch [the nurse from “Mad Men”] tosses and turns in bed, and we flash to her nightmare — she is being chased and stalked through the woods by Savage Souls.”
We won’t divulge all the details, but in the end, she wakes up. “So it was all a dream, or was it?” Kae G says. “Basically, it’s ‘Thriller’ with a little bit of Last House on the Left instead of zombies.”
“Nightmares” was produced by Jennifer Da Pirateninja. Alex Veazey, a.k.a. emcee Damn Skippy, shot and co-directed the video for his company Chop Media, while Kae G co-directed and edited for his video production business, Seven30 — the two released the video jointly as Chop30 Media. Veazey also makes a cameo in the final moments of “Nightmares.”
Next up, the gang will release the long-anticipated EP Invasion. Until then, join Savage Souls in the woods for “Nightmares," below.
We don't say this often, but it was an exciting night of TBS television last night — that's because Conan welcomed Charleston's Shovels & Rope on his show, and they straight killed it, y'all.
Dressed in some pretty amazing, matching embroidered, fringed, and sparkly Western wear, the two plugged in and blasted off in an electrifying rock 'n' freakin' roll performance of "I Know," off Little Seeds.
Other than ShoRo, the show's guests included Senator Bernie Sanders.
In case you missed it, watch the full episode here or get your morning going right with Shovels & Rope's performance below.
There's a new punk band in town, and they're not modest at all. "We're the most punk band that ever existed," says bassist Elliot Vanotti, a.k.a. "Gangrene Machine Trolgar."
Fiasco's Scott Frank (vocals), the Royal Tinfoil's Mackie Boles (guitar), Drunk Couples' Andrew Barnes (drums), and Vanotti make up the Disgusting Follies, who'll perform their first show tonight at Rec Room. "We have wholesome punk songs such as 'Call Your Mom,' and 'Drink Responsibly,'" Vanotti says. 'We'll be playing with the troll metal band Trolgar; they sing about trolls."
The Disgusting Follies are currently working on a debut EP with Bandi Tomashek at Spinning Whale Studios, and Boles says that the band's mission is to serve the community through song.