Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Live Music: Zach Deputy, Pity Sex, Kills & Thrills, Tripping the Mechanism

Great live acts to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

ONE-MAN JAM | Zach Deputy
Thurs. June 13
8 p.m.
Awendaw Green

Loop wizard Zach Deputy is performing an out-of-character singer-songwriter set at Awendaw Green this week. “It’s just me and my acoustic guitar this time,” Deputy says. “I’m so incredibly comfortable doing my usual loop thing that I could probably take a nap on stage. This situation kind of makes me nervous.” Although he hasn’t put out a new album since 2011’s Another Day, Deputy says he plans to release a series of EPs later this year. For now, he’s enjoying the chance to get back to his roots as a singer-songwriter. “This show won’t be me hyping up a huge dance party,” he says. “It’ll be like I’m hanging out with you by a fire, rapping with friends and talking to people directly from stage. It’s much more intimate and down to the basics.” —Stratton Lawrence THURSDAY

w/ The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Dads, In Between, An Era of Echoes, Naps
Sat. June 15
7:30 p.m.
$12/under 21

The bill for Oasis’ show on Saturday is huge — there are six bands, four of which are from out of town — but we’re only going to focus on one of them: Pity Sex. The Ann Arbor, Mich., act’s latest release, Feast of Love, is named after a Charles Baxter novel that reworks Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Our record is all about love — 10 different stories that explore 10 different facets of love,” drummer Sean St. Charles says. Since the record draws from early ’90s alternative rock and shoegaze, expect it to be noisy and guitar driven, with vocals divided between guitarist/vocalist Brennan Greaves and guitarist/vocalist Britty Drake. Pity Sex is currently on tour with Connecticut’s The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die and New Jersey’s Dads. “I’m not going to try and peg any of us into specific genres, but all three bands do something entirely different,” St. Charles says. “The DIY punk scene that we all come from has always been accepting of a range of styles.” Baltimore’s In Between and Charleston’s An Era of Echoes and Naps open. —Susan Cohen SATURDAY

PUNK | Kills & Thrills
w/ Antlions, The Good the Devil Speaks, Red Skies Ahead, Son of Man
Wed. June 12
7 p.m.
Skatepark of Charleston

It’s one of those questions that has inspired one long bong-water debate after another. Could the Enterprise take on a Star Destroyer? Who would win in a fight, Spider-Man or Superman? Is punk dead? When it comes to the latter, Kills & Thrills frontman Chris Vetter has an unlikely answer: “Punk? Never heard of it.” Of course, that’s the kind of answer we’d expect from a true-blue punk rocker, and there’s no doubt that’s actually what Vetter is. All you have to do is listen to Kills & Thrills’ 2010 EP Liars, a blistering collection of tongue-lashing tunes and three-minute furies. But that was then, and this is now. What has the Long Island-based band been doing lately? Wrapping up a recording session for one. “What was great is we all had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted to do and some new grounds we wanted to explore,” Vetter says, noting there’ll be no cover songs, which is a shame because their cover of “Ace of Spades” is killer. Vetter adds that the new record is packed with heavy-duty, dirty rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of new elements that the band has never experimented with before. —Chris Haire WEDNESDAY

NORTH CHUCK METAL | Tripping the Mechanism
w/ Hadea and Dellamorte
Sat. June 15
8 p.m.
The Sparrow

In the world of metal, female vocalists are a rarity, not that we needed to tell you that. This is a shame of course, and not because of sexual equality and all that crap. Nope. It’s because there’s just something so badass about a hard rock outfit with the balls to let a chick take the mic — and we’re not talking about that Evanescence shit either. We’re talking about the good ole sludgy, stoner stuff — Kylesa, Black Mountain, Royal Thunder, and North Chuck’s Tripping the Mechanism. This week, you can catch Tripping the Mechanism and judge whether or not the band’s female vocalist, the simply named Paisley, is a force to be reckoned with. Cutter, the group’s drummer/vocalist, thinks so. “We’re not trying to brag, but she has showed up more than one male vocalist and Legion (Tripping’s guitarist) and I just sit back and laugh,” Cutter says. “All three of us write the music together, but she is the one that is very savvy with music arrangement and she definitely smooths out our male roughness and keeps our egos in check.” Tripping the Mechanism has one album under their belt — Start the Evolution — and a shit ton of tracks online. Pro-tip: Give “Voices Inside the Rotting Mind” a spin to hear Paisley at her growling best and Cutter and Legion at their brutal grooviest. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

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