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Shadowgraphs / Slow Caves / Drag Sounds
October 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 5th
Doors: 8pm | Show: 9pm
Shadowgraphs is a neo-psychedelic band from Charlotte, NC, comprised of internationally known collage artist Bryan Olson and fellow German cosmonaut Charles Glade (Wils). Both ends met after being introduced through a mutual friend who thought the two shared similar musical interests. Bryan and Wils instantly sparked a connection and songs began to emerge. The two would experiment late nights with tape machines, sharing music and production ideas, and writing songs. After only four months of meeting, an EP titled “Return to Zero” was written and the band was officially born with Ethan Ricks on Bass and Cody Hare on Drums.
Listening to Slow Caves, one is reminded that being sonically interesting doesn’t mean that a band must sacrifice having old fashioned hooks or pop sensibilities. Danish born brothers, Jakob and Oliver Mueller, provide the vocal and guitar backdrop for Slow Caves, a band (rounded out by childhood friends David Dugan – guitar/bass, and Jackson Lamperes – drums) who offer a relaxed and surf-y update on 80’s synth, 90’s jangle, and early aught’s indie rock. Formed in Ft. Collins, CO in 2014, Slow Caves quickly gained a reputation as a must-see local attraction. Soon the band was making an impression in Denver’s vibrant music scene, earning slots at tastemaker clubs such as The Hi Dive and Lost Lake Lounge. In 2015, the band showcased their music at SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York. Then in late 2016, the band signed with Cincinnati-based Old Flame Records (Cloud Nothings, Dead Confederate), performed at Boise’s lauded, Treefort Festival and Austins’ SXSW (March 2017), and released their Old Flame debut (Desert Minded-EP) on March 10, 2017. Since the release, the band has been touring all over North America and will continue to tour throughout 2017.
Starting out on burgundy and then hitting the higher stuff, Drag Sounds came from North Carolina, in the South. Trevor Reece and Mike Wallace met as sidemen in a series of un-classy rock combos and questionable personal judgments. Sharing an affinity for twin guitars and loudness bliss, they got Big Star tattoos and took the road more rattled. 5 years on and more band members than two hands can count, they’ve gotten used to still existing, which is mostly what they know how to do. With one elbow in downtown NYC circa 1970s, long legs stalking Memphis streets and scrounging for drinks backstage at the Stones, their primitive, satisfying brand of direct rock and roll has so far been captured on two proper LPS, and seen live on stages across the American East and South. Today they team with their brother Ezra Noble on the drums, and Drag Sounds plays a new sonic for different times.