Tag: Curtains of Night
Mark your calendars for September 11 and plan on heading to the Duke Coffeehouse in Durham for an album release party for Durham’s own, metal band Tooth. They will be releasing a 12″ EP alongside fellow metal act The Claw (of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Also playing that evening will be Grappling Hook and Curtains of Night
A press release from Churchkey Records is as follows:
With the good news of the EP’s release, there is also sadness, and fond remembrance of a friend and brother who has passed. The Claw’s side of this EP is the last recorded work of lead vocalist Mikey Brosnan, who was killed by a drunk driver while crossing the street in his home town of Philadelphia in November 2008.
The release also marks the end for Tooth, which will play its final show on Sept. 11.
The album is limited to 300 copies and includes mp3 downloads. The album will also be released digitally on Churchkey Records’ website. You can pre-order the album here.
Check out the followin mp3s available for download:
Tooth: “Suicide Myth
The Claw: “Grief Is For The Living”
Friday night was a first for many. Not only was it the first night of the Holidays For Quince first ever block party, but it was also a debut CD release show for HFQ’s newest artist, Liza Kate, in addition, it was the Nighlight’s first evening with a liquor license. Needless to say it was one hell of a show.
Embarrassing Fruits was first on the bill and kicked through most of their songs from their First Time EP. The crowd was small at the start but by the end of their set the place had filled up. Embarrassing Fruits is actually off of Trekky Records and not HFQ, which made it all the more apparent that this was as much of a community event as anything, and not just to highlight HFQ’s amazing group of bands (a couple of bands from HFQ are playing at TRKFest in June as well). Plus, you have got to love EF for their “non-ironic mustaches and vintages T-shirts.”
It was only Mount Moriah‘s second show ever, but this mixmash of some of the Triangle’s best local bands stole the night with some beautiful tunes and fantastic musicianship. I think I found my new favorite band in the area and look forward to the next time they play.
Liza Kate went on next with a spectacular intimate set. It being her CD release party I had only heard her earlier that night on the Local Beat and had never seen her before, but was pleasantly surprised with her beautiful whispery vocals over top reticent acoustic guitar. Jenks Miller sat in for a few songs on electric and Heather McEntire sang on one song as well. Overall, the intimate setting the Nighlight provides allowed for Liza to really connect with the crowd, and her witty entertaining comments during the breaks kept the crowd in. Her new album off of HFQ, Don’t Let The Dogs, is one of my favorites so far this year after only one listen through.
Max Indian went on last. Being off of Trekky Records, like the Embarrassing Fruits, they too were welcome friends. Having seen them only about 6 or 7 times before (and never not enjoying seeing them) I decided to skip out for the night and get some rest for the radio early the next morning. (Sorry fellas).
Night 2 was another fantastic night for local music. In The Year Of The Pig went on first. People, until you see them live, then the phrase “melt your face off” holds no meaning. ITYOTP really can rock your mind (and ears) into oblivion. Their smashing duo drums overtop distorted guitar and bass took this ITYOTP n00b to a whole new level. After 30 minutes of mind bending music, I began to feel sorry for Dave Cantwell’s drumset, but I suppose it was for a good cause. Man, what a way to start the night.
Oh, and after their set they filled everyones bellies with some delicious homemade tacos.
(no pictures from ITYOTP as they played in complete darkness, very cool though)
Not be be outdone, the Curtains of Night went up next and kept the show heavy with their unique brand of female duo death metal.
The Moaners held the third slot of Night 2 and delivered on their usual bluesy americana vibe. Their last song of the night, one which I did not recgonize, with Melissa on saw and Lauren on acoustic guitar was truly captivating. Most of their setlist sounded like new material to me, so I either need to remind myself of their discography or even better, look forward to a new album sometime in the future.
Night 3 was one for the ages. Screaming Females to center stage to start the show. Ive never seen a performance quite like this band from New Jersey put on. Shredding guitar, pumping bass, head banging drums. What a set. If you havn’t seen this band, they are a MUST. After they were done some of the people I came with and myself sat in silence for a moment to take it all in. Speechless.
Caltrop tore it up second with their overamplified driven sound and hard progressive rock. Heavy metal heaven. (Word is that they may begin recording an album soon, after writing songs all winter, and plan on touring in Europe- kickass!)
Last, but obviously the headliner for the whole 3 nights, was Bellafea who launched into their set with enthusiasm only they could muster for such an already overhyped crowd. I had not seen them in ages but was pleasantly surprised to see them just as amazing as ever before. Their punk rock attitude never ceases to entertain. All hail Bellafea!
For the last three years, the good people at Bull City Headquarters, Durham’s community bicycle co-op/art space/occasional concert venue, has presented the Duo Fest, which showcases a diverse variety of two-person bands. This years Duo Fest was last Saturday, and I must say it was amazing. From the country tinged folk of Sequoya, to the intense sludge metal of Curtains of Night, the one-day festival had a little something for everyone. It was almost too much rock and roll for one day; there were fifteen bands playing for about nine hours. Even though I arrived about an hour late and sadly missed Battle Rockets and most of Sawteeth McTweedy, by the end of this epic day of constant musical stimulation I was totally exhausted. But, it was more than worth it to stick around to the end.
I, not being much of a writer, will not go into great detail on the fantastic show most of you missed, instead I’ll just post a bunch of pictures.
The Independent Weekly has chosen their top 40 tracks from the Triangle music scene from 2008. The list features brief summaries of each band and their song, plus free downloads of all 40 chosen songs. Very cool. To access the list click here.
Some notable gems that even we at WKNC missed include Lois Deloatch‘s traditional piece of “Down By The Riverside,” a fantastic jazzy/blues number, Michael Holland‘s country tune “Ballad of Eric Rudolph,” and Kooley High‘s hip-hop track ”Kool With It” from the Summer Sessions. Be on the lookout for these tunes to hit the Local Lunch & other WKNC formats in the near future.
A couple of songs I might have been able to survive without out that made the list include Bryce Clayton Eiman‘s static laced “The Black & The Black” and ambient/indie band Boyzone with their song “Six Hunkth,” but its no secret I shy away from ambient/experimental tunes, and you gotta make everyone happy, right? I am also a tad bit confused on how Oregeon folk singer David Karsten Daniels made the list. I understand he plays the Triangle frequently, but would appreciate any knowledge on his relation to the Triangle.
Some notable exceptions include Greg Humphreys, Lonnie Walker, Tift Merritt, & Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies. But alas, only room for 40, and I think the Indy always does a fantastic job with these sorts of lists. By the way, does anyone consider Ryan Adams, Hotel Lights, or Roman Candle local anymore? Just a thought…