The guys in the pop punk outfit All Time Low may have already reached their all-time high on the charts a few years ago, but they are still releasing new records and hitting the road. On Sunday, they drop by the Music Farm. They'll be joined by Man Overboard and Hand Guns.
Inspired by turn-of-the-century punk gurus Blink-182, All Time Below began performing covers back in high school. In 2005, the band released its first album, The Party Scene, which earned them a 2007 slot on the Warped Tour stage and a supporting tour role with the Plain White T's. All Time Low continued to make a steady climb up the Billboard charts culminating in their hit single "Dear Maria, Count Me In," followed by their 2009 album, Nothing Personal. The Baltimore-based crew — Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, and Zack Merrick — are currently touring behind its latest, Don't Panic.
It's been a dozen years since Mt. Pleasant's Exactus released their full-length debut, The Trials of Roy, and 10 years since they broke up. But tonight, the quartet will get back together for a gig at the Windjammer. Opening for them — No Wake, a band featuring some members of the Exactus crew.
If you don't remember, Exactus' high-energy sound blends chewy, jam-tinged rhythms with touches of organ groove and late '90s modern rock swagger. Meanwhile, Frontman K.B. Reidenbach's croon suggests a blend of Rob Thomas and Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms), and the band displays a similar penchant for big hooky melodies and sweeping drama. The loss of their friend Jonathan Birdnow (aka "Porno Bird") in an accident at LSU in late 2002 adds greater poignancy to the band's soul-searching odes to post-collegiate confusion. On "Hi ... I'm Gone," Reidenbach worries, "How am I going to die/ I've never tasted failure/ I've never even tried." He fears winding up as uninspired as Budweiser and "Mandy Moore," then offers the cockeyed perspective of a "Charleston White Boy," sounding like G. Love doing R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World."
While you'd never want to live there, the past's a fine place to visit, and unlike anyone instagrammed in guyliner and pegs, Exactus has nothing to be ashamed of.
Luxury watch company Caravelle New York recently featured the song "Dag" by People Person in a commercial.
It's sort of a weird match. Broad Street creative agency Lunch & Recess shot the commercial on location in New York City, but the song itself features clear references to North Charleston and James Island.
"I thought that was kind of weird. It's like in the very first 30 seconds," says Jess Oliver, lead singer of People Person.
But the message of the song, the lead single off of the album Dumb Supper, is a bit more universal. "It's actually about the first time I met my boyfriend Johnnie [Matthews, Oliver's bandmate in Elim Bolt] at the Halloween cover show at the Mill. We were living in different towns from each other," Oliver says. Stylistically, Oliver says the song draws on her childhood fascination with 1950s rock 'n' roll, with a '90s rock flavor.
Anyway, the video kind of makes us want to buy a watch. So apparently it works.
We might have woken up with our pillows covered in facepaint that we don't remember putting on at last night's Best of Charleston party, but we made it. Our keyboards now smudged from leftover banana cream pie and a few rubber noses strewn around the office, we're working through a couple hundred pictures last night here in the City Paper office, but wanted to bring you this gem of a video of Puddles Pity Party, the seven-foot tall sad clown that lurked into our party last night, kicking off his set with the Star Spangled Banner at the Johnson Haygood Stadium over at the Citadel. We salute you, Puddles.
Check back soon for more from #BOC14 very soon.
We're hoping this isn't some elaborate April Fool's joke, but two South Carolina bands have announced they will release full-length albums next Tuesday — and they're both brilliant.
First off, we've got Charleston-based Americana act SUSTO, who Dropboxed us a copy of their self-titled debut album a couple of weeks ago. The sound is dark and refined, with lightly smoky vocals and doleful Telecaster tones over strummed and finger-picked acoustic guitar with hard-driving drums. Lyrically, frontman Justin Osborne manages to pull off something rustic but genuine — don't expect a lot of songs about trains and cowboys, but you do get the sense that a few packs of cigarettes and bottles of whiskey went into this one.
One of the standout tracks, "Vampiro 66," appeared on the latest SceneSC sampler:
The other big release coming on April 1 is The Geminids by Columbia electro-folk-pop band The Lovely Few. Lead singer Mike Mewborne has a few healthy obsessions in this world, chief among them indie superstar Sufjan Stevens and the field of astronomy. Both shine through on The Geminids, the third installment in a cycle of albums meant to be soundtracks for meteor showers.
Burbling electronic arrangements. Trumpet solos. Delicate male vocals. Songs about the cosmos, songs about fatherhood, and a haunting industrial-tinged song called "Tyndarids" about Jesus bringing "not peace but instead a sword." Here are a couple of tracks they released early on Bandcamp, "Gemini" and "Venus":
The Geminids will be available on Bandcamp. SUSTO is available for pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp. We recommend you buy both of them next Tuesday and hole up in your room with some headphones for a while.