WKNC listeners and supporters,
We hope you have already bought your Double Barrel Benefit tickets; we’ve sold a bunch already. Physical 2-day passes are available at Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough Street here in Raleigh, and you can order your tickets online here.
We have a few exciting announcements as we get closer to the exciting two-night event.
1) Double Barrel Benefit 7 shirts are in, and they are awesome! Kudos to Kirsten Southwell for the design and Aardvark Screenprinting for making it work on a shirt. You can get yours for $12 at the shows. But, of course, supplies are limited!
2) We’re happy to report that the one and only Magic Mike Casey will be on hand for both nights, doing a little magic on stage and working the crowd. If you didn’t know, he is truly a wizard and will perform the kind of up-close wonders that will absolutely convince you he’s performing magic rather than tricks. He will take the stage before the first act of each night and be on hand, so be sure to look for him.
3) We’re very grateful to both Holly Aiken and Aardvark Screenprinting for their help with some special items: WKNC Stitch bags. You’ve probably seen the storefront on the corner of Wilmington and Hargett Streets in downtown Raleigh, or you’ve seen someone around with one of her stylish vinyl bags. We’re lucky enough to have a limited run of WKNC clutches and tote bags with a design relevant to the 7th annual Double Barrel Benefit. We’ll be holding a silent auction for these items each of the two nights, so you need to get in the door to see these for yourself. (Below are the bag types we will be auctioning, but you’ll have to be there to see them in person!)
4) We have a stockpile of really awesome swag that we’re dying to give away, so we’ll be conducting a raffle each night to give some of it away. Our raffle tickets will be ($1 apiece) numbered PBR temporary tattoos! Here are the items we’ll be be giving away for each night:
We hope you’re as excited about these developments as we are. Rain, sleet, snow, shine, whatever: the show will go on, and we hope we’ll see you at The Pour House Friday and Saturday night. Remember: doors at 8, show at 9!
2009 was one hell of a year for WKNC and for North Carolina music. On our end, we had the sad departure of local radio legend DJ Stevo (you can still hear him broadcasting over at taintradio.org) but also the beginning of something new with myself taking over the Local Beat in August after DJ Mick provided a couple months of Friday evening entertainment. We have also added to our ranks several different Local Lunch DJs who have all been doing a fantastic job of providing you with non-stop local music every weekday from noon to 1 p.m.
In the local music spectra of our community, many new bands have made their way onto the scene while others have begun establishing themselves as some of the premiere musicians in the country. Still, other groups broke up or left our region for better or for worse. Even some unfamiliar venues have begun making their mark in this region. Some amazing shows have been played and become ingrained in the memories of many and there is no doubt that more and more people within our community have been tuning into to the amazing local music this part of the country offers.
As it is a common trend in nearly every aspect of our culture at the end of the year to create some sort of countdown list in remembrance of the past 12 months many local blogs, newspapers, and magazines have been ranking their top bands, albums, and songs from 2009.
Not to be outdone, I have been preparing for this list throughout the year and after listening to every second of every song on all 154 albums that have been sent my way by local bands and artists (an exhausting feat that nearly killed my GPA). I have whittled my way down to my top 10. In total, I have listened to more than 1,400 local songs culminating in just less than 74 hours worth of North Carolina music from 2009. Many of these albums and bands are unfortunately not worth mentioning but after much debate I worked my way down to 38 records that in my mind would qualify as top-10 material.
First to be chocked off were EPs. Certainly, the Tomahawks Like a Horse on a Beach EP was one of the finest groupings of four songs I had the pleasure to listen to, and Violet Vector’s EP II could have made the cut, along with Aminal’s A Face To Fight EP, Mandolin Orange’s self titled EP, and Veelee’s Three Sides EP among others, but I feel that LPs are the ones that truly stand the test of time.
Second to go were the compilations. Hear Here will remain my number one album of 2009, but it is difficult to split the award to all 17 of those bands. I also always enjoy the Have a Holly Raleigh Kidsmas volumes but putting a holiday album on the list didn’t seem quite right either.
I finally worked my way down to the last two dozen or so and that is where things began to get difficult. I may never fully forgive myself for excluding I Was Totally Destroying It’s release Horro Vacui and I have no excuse for not including it. That album kicks serious ass. As does Americans in France’s Pretzelvania, Bowerbirds’ Upper Air, Calico Haunts’ After All, Hammer No More The Fingers’ Looking For Bruce, Old Ceremony’s Walk on Thin Air, Ryan Gustafson’s Donkey, and many others that unfortunately were not included (I will stop before I start second guessing myself). In any case, after much rambling here it is:
10. The Bronzed Chorus: I’m The Spring
This duo out of Greensboro has seemingly come out of nowhere in the past two years. Since recording their independently released debut thurtythurty in Adam Joyce’s bedroom, Joyce and band mate Brennan O’Brien have taken the state by storm after signing to Hello Sir Records and promptly putting out the masterpiece that is I’m the Spring. Post-rock noise ecstasy combines with powerful imagery of storms of overdriven guitar and bass pounding the skies with an untamed fury. The effect of two musicians creating such a visual component to their music speaks volumes of what this album truly is: art. Stay on your toes throughout this album and try not to miss a note, you won’t come back down after hearing this. More Reviews:
9. Starmount: Tyranny of the Sphere
Here is another instrumental album that cracked my top 10, the debut album from a newly discovered band from right here in Raleigh. Starmount is one of the most unique bands I have ever heard and likely ever will with their blending of pedal steel guitar, upright bass, synthesizers, and a drum/electronics kit to make quite an uncommon yet entrancing sound. Already signed to Superfan records, this album has begun making it’s mark on the community even if the group only plays a couple of times a year. To keep it short and simple, Starmount is a band that I cannot relate with another group but one which I will now begin to compare bands to. Their music is one of a kind and this album speaks volumes about the progressive and evolving nature of music. In my opinion, the best way to listen to this record is go sit in a dark room, turn the music up loud and let it wash over you like a fresh cool breeze.
8. Polvo: In Prism
I will be the first to line up and shamefully admit that I was never a big fan of Polvo. The fact of the matter is that I never really gave them a chance. However, after watching them at the Double Barrel Benefit back in February I was converted and anxiously awaited their new album after news of them hitting the studio began to spread. What resulted was one of the grandest vindications of the year.
In Prism was Polvo’s first album in 12 years, but boy did they come back with a vengeance. Classified from anywhere to Math Rock, post-hardcore, to psychedelic, you can put them in whatever genre you like, but to me Polvo and especially this record stands to no-one’s label but their own. The entire album plays seamlessly like a single beating entity whose life unfolds out to you through each track as it’s own but also as a part of the whole organic form Polvo creates. Call me a noob to their works but In Prism is one of the finest, if not best album of the Polvo catalog. Here are a couple of reviews to dignify my claim:
7. Lonnie Walker: These Times Old Times
I remember the first time I saw Lonnie Walker at the Terpsikhore Collective Leap Year Extravaganza back in 2008. They played alongside IWTDI and Annuals, two of the best bands in the Southeast, but it was Lonnie Walker who stole the show and the hearts of everyone in the crowd that night. Stevo and I harassed lead singer Brian Corum that night and he brought a demo to WKNC the next week. The rest they say, is history.
These Times Old Times contains several remakes of the same songs from that first demo but also quite a few newer tracks as well. The whole album is reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks but a bit hardier and with a more intense rock ‘n roll feel while still keeping that same folky edge that they are known for. Tunes like “Grapefruit”, “Back Home Inside With You”, and “Crochet” add on to the already set LW standards and are surrounded by short sentimental ditties like “Old Birds In The Seas”, “Horse Boots”, and “Country Crowded Trees” to create an album that never gets old after each listen. The effect of their debut release was immediate as they were one of the top headliners for Artsplosure ’09 and named Ear Farm’s band of the week back in August and are now one of the most sought after live shows in the state for fans.
6. Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
It is becoming difficult for me to label the Avett Brothers as a local band in the past two years only because they tour so god damn much. But these boys out of Concord have without a doubt become the shining beacon of North Carolina music in recent years and are obviously the most successful group in the past 10 years from our state. I and Love and You is their most recent output, their major label debut, and without question their best since forming in 2000. Known for their heartfelt and emotional songs as well as their raucous and mesmerizing live performances this album captures all of those things better than any other. It has the ability to make your hair stand on end through one sentimental song and then the next throws you into a whirlwind of acoustic picking heaven.
Many questioned the Avett’s move to a larger label after the band promised to stay close to their roots but one listen to this record, produced by music legend Rick Rubin, proves the move right. Just check out some of the reviews below:
To prove the Bros. success over the past 9 years I and Love and You peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 best selling albums, #8 in best selling digital albums, and #7 in rock albums. Point proven.
5. Midtown Dickens: Lanterns
Much to my surprise this album dropped to number 5 on my list for when I first gave it a listen I was sure it would be in my top 3. The two women (Kym and Catherine) founded their group back in 2005 have now expanded the band into a sextet after adding four of their best friends to play alongside them. What results from this addition is a fuller and more satisfying full band sound to back their already magnificent song writing and singing skills. Midtown Dickens is fun and enjoyable to listen to halfheartedly but once you take them seriously the music just opens up into something deeper and more profound than most bands can pull off. Grab the album and take a seat because listening to Lanterns might knock you flat out.
4. Megafaun: Gather, Form, and Fly
If you have ever seen Megafaun live you will know what I mean when I confess that watching these guys play is like having a deep religious experience. So believe me when I say that listening to Gather, Form, and Fly is nothing short of transcending. Megafaun has always been terrific whether as the original lineup of DeYarmond Edison before the split or on their first album Bury The Square, so it is difficult to say they have “matured.” I prefer the word “evolved” instead as Megafaun has taken their already well-developed earthy sound and transformed it into music so beautiful and sententious that the sheer vastness of the sound is almost indescribable. This album moves and breathes around you as you listen to it almost as if the whole world starts opening itself up to a Megafaun induced dream.
3. Luego: Taped-Together Stories
A second reincarnation of this band Simply put Luego is the catchiest band around. With Patrick Phelan heading the gang and welcoming the likes of Jeff Crawford, Peter Holsapple, Nick Jaeger, Rob DiMauro, Cameron Lee, and Charles Cleaver Luego is as close to a local music supergroup as one might find. Taped-Together Stories is a one of a kind in today’s music world with personal and heartfelt lyrics that anyone with a soul can relate to combined with bluesy rock/pop and craftily set beats that are easy to move your feet to all underneath Phelan’s raspy and grabbing vocals. It’s all based off of that fun jangly pop and lo-fi production technique so popular among bands in our area (ie: Max Indian) but with an indie spark to complete the album’s character. Simply put, it’s the catchiest local album of the year. In 20 years this will be one of those albums you look back on and say “I was there.”
2. Horseback: The Invisible Mountain
As difficult as it is to describe this album, I am going to try, so bear with me as I fail to give this album it’s due indulgence. Only four songs long, this masterpiece takes on 38 minutes of grinding harsh satanic laced vociferations backed by acrid droning that comes together like a choir of demons singing straight from the pits of hell. It’s dark, malicious, and pierces the soul with a pointed tip but finally salvation is granted in the form of the nearly 17 minute finale “Hatecloud Dissolving into Nothing”, one of the most breathtaking and articulate pieces of instrumentation to grace my well worn ears. Its beautiful, heart wrenching, and sincere. Every note on this album is well placed and delicate to the overall fabric of the sound, nothing is taken for granted and nothing is overdone. It’s perfect.
After listening to this album for the first time I found myself sitting on the edge of my bed staring at nothing for almost an hour trying to absorb what I had just heard. Do yourself a favor and give this a try.
1. Bombadil: Tarpits and Canyonlands
After hearing the first and then second song from Bombadil’s new album I knew that all of my expectations for it were going to be fulfilled. After the eighth song I realized that this might be the best album of 2009. After the third or fourth listen to Tarpits and Cayonlands it occurred to me that this album was one of the greatest records I had ever heard. Few albums have ever reached me quite like Tarpits has and I am having a difficult time writing this piece so that it fully encompasses my true
The first review I ever read on Bombadil was after their first EP came out. The review read “It sound’s like a group of hobbits from Durham got together and made some kickass folk music.” Nothing could have been truer then. Their songs were joyful expressions of life and bewilderment and innocence at the world. Listening to their old stuff makes you want to kick off your shoes and go frolicking in a grassy field next to a lazy stream. But as Tarpits and Canyonlands, their second full length began to emerge through live performances and hearsay I knew that this album would be different. Many critics will ramble about the tides and maturation of bands and either bombast their new ways or extol progressive features from album to album. Overall it really is what the band decides to do with their sound that makes a difference. Fortunately for us, in Tarpits Bombadil did very little to their style. The upbeat melodies and piano heavy chords are still wrapped in their folk tinged harmonies and buoyant vocals, but something is different, something hard to put your finger on. What arises is a sense of depth and emotion lacking from their previous works, a sense of death and not just life, of powerful heartbreak arising from potent love, of creating a fulfilled legacy, and a justification to experience all of these sensations without remorse.
When I first heard the album back in April I could not stop listening over and over. It’s a work that speaks to each person in their own individual way and makes its mark on the listener. From the ever present goosebumps during the very first song “I Am” through the seemingly drifting ‘Kuala Lumpur” (my personal favorite) all the way to the final four songs of redemption, loss, and ultimate love, Bombadil grabs you by the ears and the mind and takes you on a journey of illumination and enlightenment.
Overall this masterpiece is nothing short of lyrical genius coinciding with instrumentation that matches the mood perfectly. If you enjoyed their old albums, you will find this better. If you never did like Bombadil before, this one will grab you. Tarpits and Canyonlands isn’t just the best local album of 2009, it is one of the best album of any regard in the past decade.
Below is a brief list of my top 10 Local albums of 2009 as well as DJ Ray’s my awesome assistant in the Local Music department at WKNC:
|Adam Kincaid’s Top 10 Local Albums||DJ Ray’s Top 10 Local Albums|
|1.Bomadil: Tarpits & Canyonlands
2.Horseback: The Invisible Mountain
3.Luego: Taped-Together Stories
4.Megafaun: Gather, Form, & Fly
5.Midtown Dickens: Lanterns
6.Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
7.Lonnie Walker: These Times Old Times
8.Polvo: In Prism
9.Starmount: Tyranny of the Sphere
10.Bronzed Chorus: I’m the Spring
|1.Bomadil: Tarpits & Canyonlands
2.Megafaun: Gather, Form and Fly
3.Lonnie Walker: These Times Old Times
4.Hammer No More the Fingers: Looking for Bruce
5.Bowerbirds: Upper Air
6.Americans in France: Pretzelvania
7.You and Your Effects: Wire Sharks
8.Midtown Dickens: Lanterns
9.Bronzed Chorus: I’m the Spring
10.Spider Bags: Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World
It’s that time of year again.
Year-end best-of lists will be popping up all over the internet and magazines this month, with varying opinions on who had the best record, song, music video, live show, etc. etc.
The music-related website Pitchfork, however, is offering music fans the opportunity to pick their favorites in their annual Readers’ Poll. And a few local acts have made their longlist of nominees in a couple of categories. Chapel Hill country-rock band band Spider Bags are nominated for Best New Artist.
Raleigh’s own experimental folk group Megafaun‘s fantastic second record, Gather, Form & Fly, is nominated for Most Underrated Album.
Chapel Hill guitar heroes Polvo are up for Best Reunion/Comeback.
And last, but certainly not least, Greenville ex-pats Future Islands, who also recently signed to Thrill Jockey, are up for Best Hope For 2010. So take a few minutes off from whatever you’re doing to waste time at work and head over to 2k9survey.pitchfork.com and help support some fantastic, home-grown music.
And while we’re on the subject of nominations, North Carolina hip-hop and soul group The Foreign Exchange have been nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track “Daykeeper” off of their recently released sophomore effort Leave It All Behind. Durham-via-Mali kora player Mamadou Diabaté is also up for Best Traditional World Music Album for his record Douga Mansa.
Check out the top 30 albums played during the past week, compiled by Daytime Music Director Jenna St. Pierre:
1. Royal Bangs – Let It Beep
2. Big Pink – A Brief History Of Love
3. Port O’Brien – Threadbare
4. Depreciation Guild – In Her Gentle Jaws
5. Happy Hollows - Spells
6. Le Loup – Family
7. Fool’s Gold - Fool’s Gold
8. No Age – Losing Feeling [EP]
9. Vivian Girls – Everything Goes Wrong
10. Ettes - Do You Want Power
11. Polvo – In Prism
12. Fanfarlo – Reservoir
13. Still Life Still – Girls Come Too
14. Darlings – Yeah, I Know
15. Fresh and Onlys – Grey-Eyed Girls
16. Islands – Vapours
17. Various Artists – Hear Here: The Triangle
18. Raveonettes – In And Out Of Control
19. Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa
20. Why? – Eskimo Snow
21. XX - The Xx XL
22. Noah and the Whale – The First Days Of Spring
23. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes
24. Mission of Burma – The Sound The Speed The Light
25. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars [EP]
26. Kitty Daisy and Lewis – Kitty Daisy And Lewis
27. Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
28. Lou Barlow – Goodnight Unknown
29. Slaraffenland – We’re On Your Side
30. Via Tania - Moon Sweet Moon
Albums added to our library this week:
1. Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
2. Sissy Wish – Beauties Never Die
by Sweet Melissa on Oct.13, 2009, under Promotions
Listen in to 88.1 WKNC for your chance to win tickets to the following shows happening this week:
Tuesday October 13:
Thursday October 15:
Friday October 16:
Saturday October 17:
Jay Love Reggae Festival @ Lincoln Theatre
Be sure to check out more local shows on The Rock Report and listen in for your chance to win tickets to shows this week!
Here are the top 30 albums from the past week, compiled by Daytime Music Director Jenna St. Pierre:
1. Polvo - In Prism
2. Depreciation Guild – In Her Gentle Jaws
3. Port O’Brien – Threadbare
4. Fanfarlo – Reservoir
5. Royal Bands – Let It Beep
6. Still Life Still – Girls Come Too
7. Le Loup - Family
8. Fool’s Gold - Fool’s Gold
9. Ettes – Do You Want Power
10. Vivian Girls – Everything Goes Wrong
11. Fresh and Onlys – Grey-Eyed Girls
12. Darlings – Yeah, I Know
13. Antlers – Hospice
14. Various Artists – Hear Here: The Triangle
15. Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
16. Islands – Vapours
17. Cave Singers – Welcome Joy
18. The Clean – Mister Pop
19. YACHT – See Mystery Lights
20. Mumlers - Don’t Throw Me Away
21. Florence and the Machine - Lungs
22. Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love
23. Why? – Eskimo Snow
24. Dead Weather – Horehound
25. Health – Get Color
26. A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
27. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Up From Below
28. Quixote – Quixote
29. Slarafenland – We’re On Your Side
30. Motel Motel – New Denver
Albums recently added to our library:
1. XX - The Xx
2. No Age - Losing Feeling [EP]
3. Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars [EP]
4. Clientele – Bonfires On The Heath
Ever wonder what your favorite local artists are listening to? What inspires them to make the music we enjoy?
Let us introduce you to a new feature here at WKNC that introduces you the music that our artists listen to! From here on out we will be regularly be bringing you into the headphones of local bands and friends of local music!
This week the members of Birds of Avalon have graciously sent us lists of what they have been currently rocking out to!
- Led Zeppelin- Down by the Seaside.
- Chicago- 25 or 6 to 4
- Joe Jackson- Steppin Out
- Sparks- Nothing to Do
- Van Halen- Little Guitars
- Steely Dan- My Old School
- Clipse- Ride Around Shinnin
- Benji Huges- The Mummy
- The Cherubs- Stag Party
- And now and for the rest of my life: Brenton Wood- The Oogim Boogum Song
- Cut Copy- Unforgettable Season
- Lyres- How Do You Know?
- Bob Dylan- The Gates of Eden
- A Tribe Called Quest- Award Tour
- The Horrors- I Only Think of You
- DOOM feat Empress Starhh- Still Dope
- Fever Ray- Dry & Dusty
- Franco- Mambu ma Miondo
- Kurt Vile- Freeway
- Crystal Stilts- Departure
Scott Nurkin- Drums
- Sarolta Zalatnay – Hadd Mondjam El
- Bonniwell Music Machine – Astrologically Incompatible
- Carlton and the Shoes – Never Give Your Heart Away
- Alphonse Mouzon – Mind Transplant
- The Millineum – The Know-It-All
- Buffalo Springfield – It’s so Hard to Wait
- Joe Jackson – Friday
- Love – You Set the Scene
- Masters Apprentices – War or Hands of Time
- The Paragons – Left with a Broken Heart
Cheetie Kumar- Guitar
Harmonia-Monza-Rauf Und Runter
Deerhoof-Tears and Music of Love
Brian Eno-Sky Saw
Wire-French Film Blurred
Pretty Things-She’s A Lover
George Harrison-I Dig Love
The Germs-Lexicon Devil
Gong-You Can Kill Me
- King Crimson- Great Deceiver
- The Band-King Harvest (has surely come)
- The Bee Gees-I Close My Eyes
- Dungen-Gor Det Nu
- The Beatles-Blue Jay Way
- Polvo-In This Life
- Bob Dylan and the Band-Katie’s Been Gone
- Charlie Parker-Bluebird
- Lets Active-Talking to Myself
- Joni Mitchell-Free Man in Paris
- Free-Oh I Wept
- Flaming Lips-In the Morning of the Magicians
Birds of Avalon fans should be excited to know that their new album, Uncanny Valley, is coming out June 23 with a tour kicking off at the Local 506 on June 13th.
According to indie web-publication Pitchfork, due to the tumult of our current economic situation, Touch and Go Records, the label that brought the world Shellac, Polvo, Blonde Redhead, Pinback, Naked Raygun, the Jesus Lizard, TV on the Radio, and Slint has announced that they will no longer be releasing new music. It, however appears that Pitchfork may have made this up.
The official news from Touch and Go is that they will no longer be manufacturing and distributing records for other labels. This is still a big deal in the indie music industry. For a long time Touch and Go has been the go-to distributer for fairly priced and honest distribution of independent music. Touch and Go did manufacturing and distribution for over 20 prominent indie labels, including Chapel Hill based Merge records. The implications of this are pretty dire for independent music. Merge, Thrill Jockey, Kill Rock Stars and about 20 other labels are going to have to find an alternative means of manufacturing and distribution, possibly effecting thier costs and quality. In this already bad economic climate this is a pretty serious hit to independent music.
Last night WKNC took over Friday Night Request Rock & Chainsaw to bring you live coverage of night 1 of the Double Barrel Benefit #6 from the Pour House in downtown Raleigh. The show was a success, a massive sellout with a tremendous crowd and kickass music. As the show will more than likely sellout tonight as well, we will once again be broadcasting the entire show live (trumping Saturday Night Soul and R&B and D-Cutta’s 2.0 Show).
Broadcast starts after the Soulful Renaissance and will air until the completion of the concert. If you can’t get to the Pour House, feel free to rock on with us tonight over your radio or internet connection.
Doors open at 8pm and get there early as there is a limited number of tickets available at the door. The show starts at 9pm.
Up until a month ago, I often heard “Polvo” and “Double Barrel Benefit” in the same sentence, but only in the context of: “Hey, you know what would be a cream dream? Polvo headlining the Double Barrel Benefit.” The conversation would then spiral into fantasies of Zach Galifianakis hosting a lineup of Ben Folds, Whiskeytown, Superchunk, or Archers of Loaf. Saying it was a long shot was an understatement. Polvo disbanded in 1997, and despite my past inquiries and pestering of Polvo‘s bassist and Kings Barcade owner, Steve Popson, it seemed forever to remain “not the right time.”
But with Polvo reforming with a new drummer Brian Quast (Cherry Valence) to play last summer’s ATP festival, and a handful of shows afterward, the time became right and Polvo will be headlining Saturday the 7th for WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit #6.
Polvo formed in 1990 in Chapel Hill and after releasing the double 7″ “Can I Ride” on Kitchen Puff, signed with Merge Records to release their debut album “Cor-Crane Secret”. They followed tours wtih Babes in Toyland and Superchunk with the release of “Today’s Active Lifestyles” in 1992 and the EP’s “Celebrate the New Dark Age” and “This Eclipse” in 1994 and ’95. After switching to Chicago label Touch and Go in 1996, Polvo released the double length album “Exploded Drawing” and put out their final record “Shapes” in 1997.
In the 12 years since their final release, Polvo’s members have kept making music and staying involved in the Triangle music scene. Guitarist and vocalist Ash Bowie played with Helium and released an album in 200o under the name Libraness. Dave Brylawski (guitar, vocals) played in Idyll Swords and joined bassist Steve Popson in Black Taj. And of course Popson was one of the owners of beloved Raleigh music institution Kings Barcade (RIP).
Now, it is entirely possible that some of you may not be as utterly geeked as I am about this development. Some of you may not have already bought your tickets for the second night (as if the promise of I Was Totally Destroying It, Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies, and Birds of Avalon wasn’t enough). That is fair. Polvo stopped putting out albums in the 90′s and some of the listeners of this station may have been born in that decade. So let me do you a favor and provide the following three good reasons you must not miss out on catching Polvo, Saturday February 7th at the Pour House.
1. Polvo put their own stamp on the Math Rock genre.
Along with bands like Slint, Drive Like Jehu, and Shellac, Polvo’s use of different tunings, complicated time signatures, and dense layering of sound, created a whole new twist on rock music. Polvo especially involved rhythms and drone-type sonics that drew heavily from Eastern music, creating music that could be appreciated by both shoe-gazers as well a punk rock fans. But their songs were never without that great pop hook, making Polvo a great band for new fans to acquaint themselves with the Math Rock genre
2. Polvo influenced your favorite bands.
Explosions in the Sky were such fans, when they curated last years All Tomorrow’s Parties in England, Polvo was on the top of their wish list. You can hear Polvo’s influence in national acts such as Pilot to Gunner and Pterodactyl, as well as local acts Des Ark and Noncanon. Even looking back at previous Double Barrel Benefit vets, you can hear Polvo’s inventive sonic layers in The Nein and complex beat counts in We Versus the Shark.
3. This is a rare chance to see a legendary band, in an intimate venue, in their home base.
Polvo may or may not play another show. Getting an opportunity to see a seminal band from the hey-day of the Triangle’s indie rock expolsion is a rare treat. This is along the same level of Slint’s 2005 reunion; an infuential band, whose members have not lost a step, coming together because they love the music they made.
Speaking as the past curator of Double Barrel Benefit’s, this year’s lineup ranks as one of the best. Top to bottom, both nights, is a solid representation of our vibrant local music scene. And if you have been to past DBB’s, you know that bands kick it up a gear when they play this event (Red Collar, Mountain Goats, and The Nein come to mind). And to have a band like Polvo reform and play this event for no compensation is both humbling and exciting. The Pour House looks to be rocking, and so will I. See you there.
Set your calendars For Friday February 6th, and Saturday February 7th for WKNC’s annual Double Barrel Benefit #6 at the Pour House in downtown Raleigh. Both nights are loaded with 8 of the best bands in our area for a small price, with all proceeds going to WKNC & NC State Student Media.
Prices are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. There is a $5 surcharge for all attendees under 21.
WKNC will be broadcasting live from the site both nights.
Throughout the next month WKNC will begin featuring exclusive blogs about each of these fantastic bands leading up to the show. Be on the lookout for those as well as listening to each of these bands on WKNC 88.1 fm.
In addition, the two days leading up to the show, WKNC will play 100% Local Music during its Daytime Format. More information on this later.