Next weekend, the Road to RedGorilla team is making it’s way back to the midwest for the last Road to RedGorilla before the official event in March. With three more incredible bands that have already been selected to play in March, the night will be full of rocknroll. Let’s meet our artists:
One Lone Car: their debut CD, Variety Hour, was an upbeat swirl of sounds and schemes, the new disc shows a depth, a maturity to the St. Louis-based quartet’s songwriting and arranging. One Lone Car is Aaron Kellim (vocals, guitar, piano) ,Michael Hickey (bass), Neal Klein (guitar) and Andy Herrin (drums). One Lone Car has been together just a couple of years; its members are largely self-taught. North, South’s 11 songs (10 officially, plus one hidden track) were recorded at Gin Blossoms’ frontman Robin Wilson’s Uranus Studios and engineered by Jamie Woolford (Gin Blossoms, The Actual). The Gin Blossoms’ connection is one that bears repeating: One day, Andy left a message at Uranus Studios and Robin happened to hear it. He listened to the music on MySpace, liked it and called Andy back. Robin soon became one of the band’s biggest fans, inviting one Lone Car to open for his reunited Gin Blossoms last fall, and again this spring. Yet this connection with their idols should not overshadow One Lone Car’s sheer talent, their songs’ simple brilliance. Combining passion and melodrama, One Lone Car craft rich soundscapes punctuated by witty pop hooks and haunting, heartfelt lyrics. There’s a theatrical-ness, both to the songs and the live performance. Don’t be lonely, listen to One Lone Car here
King Thief: King Thief, the unassuming quintet from the cobblestone streets of St. Louis, is the harbinger of a burgeoning new sound: pop cabaret. Fusing together sonic bits of new wave, punk, rock, pop, classical, and smartly wrapping it up with a sincere thespian’s flair, King Thief is poised to expand their success on a national level. The group has created a roar for themselves in their oft-overlooked hometown. A thousand people showed up to the release of their previous album, Maya, which sold just as many copies. Radio spins from across the country, a growing European and collegiate fan base; and their time opening shows for groups such as Breaking Benjamin, Story of the Year, and Mourningside, to name a few, all contribute to King Thief’s momentum. While King Thief is onstage the floor before them is a forest of arms, fists pumping like pistons to their infectious rhythms, voices singing along with that of Brooks Bracken, King Thief’s dynamic impresario. King Thief’s music is a dramatic play upon rock, less pretentious than the 70s operas, less formulaic than their pop compatriots. Be the king of music, check out King Thief now.
More than a sum of its parts, Dear Future is a band united. “The majority of our music is written collectively,” explains Brandon. “Because of this, we are able to explore everyone’s ideas within each song.” Thematically, the songs express dissatisfaction with the state of our society and the way we react to its problems, both as a society and as individuals. “Lyrically, it’s a challenge to make sure each song is relevant and says something real, instead of having stereotypical lines for the sake of lyrics.” Together since 2006, Dear Future has already garnered fans nationwide, thanks to an aggressive touring schedule and festival appearances: ten tours in two-and-a-half years, each of them averaging two weeks at a time. The band has shared the stage with such acts as Dear and the Headlights, Motion City Soundtrack, House of Heroes and Relient K. Listen forward and check out Dear Future
The Road to RedGorilla event happens at Cicero’s in University City on Saturday January 17th. Come down and support your favorite artist, and help them secure a featured promotional package in Austin, TX this coming March.
Just an fyi: RedGorilla submissions end on January 15th, 2009 – if you are interested in having the chance to showcase in Austin submit now at http://www.redgorillamusic.com