Continuing our unintentional extended coverage of the Richmond scene, Kevin sits down with Hoax Hunters front man and renowned concert photographer PJ SYKES to find out all there is to know about their upcoming debut, Comfort & Safety as well has his “side job” as a renowned concert photographer.
Recently tapped to be the official photographer for Merge Records 25th anniversary festival this week, PJ has built a career out of doing what he loves, and after listening to his stories, we’re betting you’ll be compelled to do the same. All that plus a Cheesy Western and a bowl with on this latest episode of ChunkyGlasses, The Podcast!
Last year when the members of the Richmond, Virginia six piece AVERS got together to jam, they had no expectations for anything except to have a good time and make some noise. All members of already well established bands, J.L. Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart), Adrian Olson (Hypercolor), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), and Charlie Glenn (The Trillions quickly realized off-the-charts creative chemistry between them, and inside a month they had knocked out the material for what would become one of 2014’s best releases, Empty Light.
Before their recent show in Washington, DC at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Kevin and Quinn sat down with this “super group” to talk about the creation of that album, their accelerated creative process, what the future holds for this nascent powerhouse of a band and more.
Sounds Like: The hardcore howls of old school DC mounting a full-on invasion of the top of the mid 90’s rock charts.
Why You Should Care: DC’s music scene doesn’t end at the river, and this four piece from McLean, VA aims to make sure that fact is heard loud…very loud…and clear.
“Eye For An Eye” matches guttural hardcore howls with thunder-god worthy drums but quickly subverts that formula with shimmering slide guitar. It’s a subtle bait and switch, yet it tells you everything you need to know about Static Scene’s music. Unabashedly rooted in what came before, they aren’t afraid to explore sounds that don’t always fit together, regardless of the “scene” or genre. More importantly though, wherever their muse leads they aren’t afraid to follow it loudly and from the heart.
Sounds Like: Late sixties/early seventies folk ala Jim Croce mashed together with laid back Laurel Canyon vibes of Jackson Brown/James Taylor and a heaping dose of punch-you-in-the-gut emotion for good measure.
Why You Should Care: Beginnings are often awkward, brash and raw, and Barna’s debut EP is no exception to that rule. Starting with this track, he’s putting everything on display for the world to see.
Pattern is Movement is no stranger to change. But over the course of their career, Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward, have gone through stylistic changes by molding the structure of each album release into a unique, standalone concept piece. The duo’s latest self titled release employs R&B and soul to craft what is possibly their most distinctive release to date. Recently we spoke with one half of the lauded duo about the new album, his role as a producer, and the concept of how today’s society shares and digests media.
There are shows and then there are SHOWS. Future Islands tour closing set at the sold out 9:30 Club last Thursday was emphatically, and with all its heart, the latter.
Since 2006, the Baltimore mainstays have been hammering away at their weird brand of hyper-emotive synth-rock, and for whatever reason – be it a Letterman performance that went viral, or just the fact that in Singles the band has made their best release to date – it is safe to say that they have, at long last, finally arrived.