Tag: Neckbeard Records
My my my, the hits just keep coming on the Local Beat. If you thought DJ Stevo was gone for good, then you thought wrong. He’s only expressing his love for the North Carolina music scene in a different way now, through his brand new label, Neckbeard Records. And as part of the Neckbeard Records launch, they’re throwing a free show at the Local 506 on Friday night. The lineup is Gray Young, I Was Totally Destroying It, and Lemming Malloy–who will be releasing their album on Neckbeard that night. So some combination of Stevo, Lemming Malloy, and others will be stopping by right at 5:00 to talk about what the band and the label has been up to — and what they have in store.
Then at 6:00, we’re going to switch directions completely–Colossus will be stopping in to talk about their show next Wednesday (5/27) at the Pour House. They’ll be playing alongside Black Skies and Caltrop in what promises to be a pretty epic local metal show. It’s not confirmed yet, but Caltrop may be joining them. It remains to be seen. What is certain, though, is that we’ll be having a good time and getting to know our favorite bands a little better. And baseball is over, so we get the full 3 hours again! Be sure to tune in at 5:00 at 88.1 FM or wknc.org/listen.
Well, what a pleasant surprise! Corbie and Mike of Battle Rockets stopped by and for a band whose songs feature no lyrics, they had quite a bit to say (full disclosure: their joke, not mine). They came in at the 5:00 hour and we talked about the show that night (with Gray Young and the Proclivities), their unique method of releasing demos and their brand new, homemade, $5 T-shirts. As for that show, see below for more.
The demo method is pretty cool, as you’ll hear in the clips below. The band records every practice and saves what sounds good. Then they burn a few copies of the most recent versions of tracks, date them, and label them–or have guest labelers do it, like our very own DJ Gray Matter. They then take their demos to shows and sell them for $1. That’s a deal you can’t beat. Check out the interview below.
Gray Young called the studio during the latter part of the Battle Rockets conversation to let us konw that they’d been locked in the stairwell and unable to get in. So we went and rescued them and brought them in for the second half of the interview. They dispelled the self-contrived rumours that they’re playing with U2 in October. We discussed both bands’ future plans, which include WE Fest. Check out the interview with the entire cast of characters below.
Now, onto the show that night.
The lineup at Slim’s Downtown was this:
Battle Rockets were entertaining and have quite a bit of energy, and it’s always fun to watch that level of energy coming from a two-piece. The Proclivities were–and have been for a little while–sans drummer, so they had D.A.R.Y.L. fill in and rocked out as a two-piece (a very dapper two-piece, might I add). Although the lack of a real drummer was sort of the elephant in the room (at the risk of using their song lyric), they were obviously having a good time, and so was I. Matt Douglas was chatting the crowd up as well, as per usual. Lastly, Gray Young took the stage around midnight. I must say, I’ve seen Gray Young several times over the past year or so, and every time I’ve seen them they’ve been exponentially tighter (and on this night, louder). It has been really fun to watch these guys as they play more shows together, and I can’t wait to see them again at the May 22 Lemming Malloy CD Release/Neckbeard Records Debut show at Local 506. That’s all for now, be sure to tune in to the Local Beat this week, details to follow in another blog post soon…