Thursday, November 13, 2014

Live Music: She Returns From War; Lonely Teardrops, Leaf Eater; Dan Rainey benefit

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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FOLK | She Returns From War
w/ Punks&Snakes, Howling Man
Sat. Nov. 15
9 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Hunter Park, Jesse Ledford, and Charlie King formed the harmony-driven folk band She Returns From War about a year ago and released their debut EP Coyote Soda over the summer. The record is filled with stories that’ll stir you and melodies so beautifully haunting, they stay with you for days. Now the local trio is set to drop their second album, a self-titled EP, which they recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia. “Charlie, Jesse, and I drove up and knocked all four songs out in one day, and I still had time to get a beer at the Tattooed Moose and see Sinners & Saints when I got home,” Park says. She tells us the tracks are like love letters, with one song that names the source of a old heartache. “‘Taylor Made’ is the only song on this EP and future LP where I directly address the name of who I am talking about,” says Park, who writes most of the band’s songs. “There are a lot of little pieces of that song that seem metaphorical but are actually quite literal accounts of experiences. At first I was scared to share it so officially — outside of shows I play — but now we have the pressings back, and it’s very much on there.” The EP will be released with new Columbia-based label 10 Foot Woody Records, with both CD as well as vinyl formats available. She Returns From War’s first full-length LP is due out early next year. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

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ROCK | A Little Help From My Friends Cancer Benefit Show
w/ A Fragile Tomorrow, The Dunder Chiefs, Donnie Dies, The GOJOS, Wrenwood, Tyler Boone, South Street, New Galaxy, Chris Wilcox, Tom Mackell, Shannon Vogt
Fri. Nov. 14
7 p.m.
$10
The Windjammer

Dan Rainey is a Charleston music-scene staple. He performs with Loners Society, Wrenwood, and Tyler Boone, all while laying down guitar tracks for several other bands around town. But for the past three years, Rainey has spent his time battling cancer. This weekend, Coast Records, The Windjammer, and several Charleston bands will come together to help Rainey in his fight. “Watching Dan go through his chemo was one of the hardest things for myself and the rest of our friends to see,” says bandmate Tyler Boone. “He always kept his spirits high and always ensured us that he was doing OK and not to worry.” Boone and Rainey met back in 2010 for a recording session and have been playing together ever since. “I was blown away by Dan’s playing and shortly after asked him to perform a CD-release show,” Boone recalls. “Then he became a member of the band and also a close friend.” Since Rainey does not have medical insurance, all proceeds from this event will go toward his medical bills. If you would like to donate but cannot make this event, PayPal donations can be made to wrenwoodmusic@gmail.com. —J. Chapa FRIDAY

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GARAGE ROCK | The Lonely Teardrops
Sat. Nov. 15
10 p.m.
Free
The Mill

The Lonely Teardrops have a lo-fi garage song called “The Surfin’ Monkey,” so naturally we wanted to know what the hell a surfin’ monkey was. Turns out, it’s a gnarly dance. “The Surfin’ Monkey is a combination of many things,” explains lead singer Katie Teardrop. “It’s a dance that combines The Monkey with The Watusi and The Bug Eater.” It sounds like a pretty complicated dance, but it might be worth learning so you can get down with The Lonely Teardrops. Their sound reminds us of surf-rock legend Dick Dale mixed with the garage-rock of The Sonics. Although the band used to be larger, Teardrop decided to make it a two-piece with drummer Crash LaResh. “The original Lonely Teardrops had three different drummers, two different bass players, and a backup singer,” explains Teardrop. “No offense to any of my previous drummers, but Crash LaResh pretty much takes the cake. We decided him and me were all we need.” The Lonely Teardrops are ready to finally bring their garish brand of rock ‘n’ roll to this year’s Rock-A-Bill-A-Que festivities in Park Circle, and they declare that, “Wigglemania shall ensue.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY

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INDIE POP | Leaf Eater
w/ Regina Ferguson
Fri. Nov. 14
9 p.m.
$5
Royal American

John Shields is Leaf Eater, a melodic indie-pop one-piece that reminds us of a young OK Go. You may remember Shields from his previous Philadelphia-based band Long Miles, but now the musician calls Charleston home. He’s already completed a debut album, but Friday’s show will be Shields’ very first under the new moniker. From here on out, it’s full-speed ahead for Leaf Eater. “2015 will see a full release of the record — as of now it is only available for streaming on Soundcloud — followed by steady touring of the East Coast,” says Shields. “Currently, we are booking through Spring 2015. In the meantime, I’ll continue to write and record as much as I can.” His record is a collaborative effort with former bandmate Sam Morgan of Long Miles and Chris DiBeneditto, who has worked with Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce. “Many of the tracks started as demos I put together while I was living in Philly,” says Shields. “Sam and I flew out to Sacramento to Chris’s studio in spring 2014 where we refined each track, re-recording vocals and layering in the instrumentation.” The track “Souls” has a very Flaming Lips element to it, while the ethereal “Only the Ocean” is reminiscent of a poppier Grizzly Bear. With obvious influences from the Beach Boys to Damon Albarn, Leaf Eater’s music has a strong pop sensibility, while also remaining wonderfully raw. “My biggest goal has always been for my music to be uniquely me,” says Shields. “I feel like I’ve tapped into that with these new songs.” —J. Chapa FRIDAY


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