Sins of Godless Men, Big Awesome, Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains at The Jinx

A few years back, Rachel Raab (Raabstract) opened Studio 210, renting out studio space to artists, musicians, and makers & shakers looking to create, gather, and exhibit. Now defunct–the bulk of the Victory Drive space has since become the “new” Bicycle Link–the Barnard-side old Atlas Upholstery building now houses a collective of Studio 210 alums.

Big Awesome inside New Noise Studios.

Big Awesome inside New Noise Studios.

Marked only by some vinyl letters slapped on a beaten white metal door and the occasional stickered van or trailer in the parking lot, New Noise Studios has been home to bands Sins of Godless Men (formerly Howler), Whaleboat, Crazy Bag Lady, The Wave Slaves, General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers (tootin’ my own horn—toot, toot), Jeff Two-Names & the Born Agains, and various other incarnations of local indie, rock, hardcore, and experimental. Though it began as and predominantly remains a practice space, New Noise offers music lessons and has nearly completed an in-house recording studio.

Big Awesome, formerly of Bluffton, are a fresh addition to the New Noise roster. The relocated three-piece’s 2012 release “Birdfeeder” had the internet glowing with praise for their buoyantly hooky & pop-laden power punk–think shades of Braid, Savannah Stopover 2011 favorite Fake Problems & Minus the Bear:

Iconic Gainesville, FL punk festival The Fest has added them to the lineup for the third year in a row.

They play the Jinx on Thursday, September 19 with New Noise fixtures Sins of Godless Men (Rettig & Stuard run the space) and Jeff Two-Names & the Born Agains.

Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains promise “straight forward punk” influenced by the classics.

Donald Moats joined Sins of Godless Men mid-summer; with the bond he and Stuard formed as Whaleboat’s rhythm section, the shows an unabashed, full-throttle treat. As Moats beats the living daylights out of his drums, Rettig’s howls splinter over tight, thick guitar licks, and Stuard thrashes about the stage, wielding his bass like a dull ax as he leaps off drums and wails along with Rettig. Thursday marks the release of their “Four Eyes” EP; here’s a teaser:

Sins of Godless Men, Big Awesome, Jeff Two Names and the Born Agains will be at The Jinx Thursday, September 19.

Nashville country band makes tour stop in Tybee

The Nashville-based country band Friends of Lola hasn’t even been together a full year – but that’s not stopping them from wrapping up the summer season with a southern-region tour. They’ll be stopping by Tybee Island Social Club to play two shows this Friday and Saturday.

With almost 1,500 ‘likes’ on their Facebook page, it’s obvious that young musicians revamping country music is a pretty good idea – and Friends of Lola is definitely doing it right.  Complete with a fiddle, keys, a steel guitar, and backup vocals for crucial country harmonies, the band laid down five new tracks in the studio last week.  The drive out to Tybee this weekend would be a good way to celebrate the end of summer by jammin’ to some fresh southern tunes.  The band plays both nights at 8 PM.

Here’s a couple of songs by Friends of Lola:

Whiskey Shivers at last weekend’s Revival Fest – photos

Whiskey Shivers has been together for four years, but the bluegrass band from Austin had never hit Savannah before.

With all five members singing and all of them at times playing almost impossibly fast, Whiskey Shivers is simply thrilling to hear and see. They played two sets on Saturday — one in the early afternoon on the Revival Fest stage inside the old railcar paint shop and another at the festival after party at The Jinx.

Several members also joined the jam session that closed out a long, long day of amazing music. Pics of that coming soon.

Here’s Whiskey Shivers’ album Rampa Head:

And here’s one pic, 10 more after the jump, including a few from The Jinx.


Field Report at Revival Fest – photos

I was already a huge fan of Field Report before the band’s appearance at Revival Fest on Saturday, so I’m not sure what kind of fan that makes me now.

On the dramatically lit stage (well done, Capital A Productions) in the soaring space of the old paint shop for railroad cars, Chris Porterfield and company’s songs built layer upon layer while at the same time seeming to unfold, as if some mystery would eventually be revealed at the center.

That contradictory effect is largely due to Field Report’s lyrics, which are at once bitingly specific and mysteriously general. Like the opening of “Route 18” from the band’s self-titled debut album:

Elizabeth said last night the lake roared like the ocean; I was landlocked under the orange-white solstice moon. Imagine: imagining a place meant to conjure up another. Three degrees of hometown disconnect in my unborn daughter’s room.

I don’t know what any of that really means, but I’m drawn into the world of the song by the words alone. Set to music, well, that’s just artistic decadence:

That was one of the songs that Field Report played in their stunning hourlong set on Saturday night. Other highlights from the first album included renditions of “Fergus Falls”, “Taking Alcatraz”, and “Chico the American”.

In the general party atmosphere of the day, maybe the set was too much like church to some:

Chris Porterfield, no puppies for you. And no razors either.

I took some photos (with the requisite apology to the drummer, and to all drummers that I will never get good photos of).

Here’s one, more after the jump. Click for bigger versions.


The Cedric Burnside Project at Revival Fest – photos

The Cedric Burnside Project‘s afternoon set was one of the highlights of Saturday’s Revival Fest. Of the dozen acts that performed inside and outside the old paint shop at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, none seemed a better fit for the setting.

The blues just conjures the past, and work, and labor, and the resilience of the spirit.

The band consists of drummer and singer Cedric Burnside, a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi and the grandson of R.L. Burnside, and Trenton Ayers, a childhood friend of Cedric whose easy stage presence can’t hide the fact that he can rip into that guitar whenever he wants.

The Cedric Burnside Project’s The Way I Am came out more than two years ago, so it’s certainly time for a new record from this stunningly talented act.

There was a lot of backlighting in the sky during the set, but I got some good shots, as did You’re Welcome Savannah and Geoff L. Johnson shooting for Revival Fest (click here for the Facebook page).

Burnside and Ayers also got on stage late Saturday night at The Jinx for a latenight jam. I got a few pics of that too, but I’ll put those in another post.

Here’s one shot, 16 more after the jump:


Matrimony at Revival Fest – photos

Jason previewed Matrimony in a post last week, but that didn’t entirely prepare me for the high-energy set the band played on Saturday afternoon on the Revival Fest stage in the old paint shop of the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

And that post certainly didn’t prepare me for the band’s sheer beauty — such expressive, exquisite faces. Really a photographer’s dream. But my apologies to the drummer — and to all drummers. One of these days I’ll get great shots of a band’s drummer and terrible ones of the rest of the band.

I’ll be posting pics from Revival Fest throughout the week as I get a chance to edit them. I only got a few good shots of some of the acts, so I’ll be combining photos for some posts. Other bands, like Matrimony, certainly warrant a post of their own. I’ll also have an Unplugged column in Do on Thursday with a written roundup of the festival.


Lots more pictures after the jump.

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert at NPR

Shovels & Rope from Charleston have a new Tiny Desk Concert up at NPR Music today featuring “Carnival”, “Birmingham” and “Bad Luck”.

From NPR:

Shovels & Rope’s presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo’s mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering. But once Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent showed up, the office quickly lost sight of the approaching performance, as the murmurs began: “There’s a dog in the office there’s a dog in the office there’s a dog in the office!” You could practically see our coworkers’ brains short out from a combination of cognitive dissonance and canine adoration.

It seems forever since Shovels & Rope made their way to Savannah. I’m thinking their most recent gigs here were at The Jinx in 2011 and with The Unchained Tour in early 2012.

But however long it’s been, it’s been too long.

The Queers at The Jinx – photos

The Queers came back through Savannah on Friday night, this time playing The Jinx.

The club filled up for the show but wasn’t overflowing. Opening act SHEHEHE from Athens showed some great promise as they tore through their set — sure hope to see them agains — and then Flat Tires from North Carolina stormed onstage with their sort of hillbilly punk. Last year when The Queers played The Wormhole, they were traveling with The Wild, a great folk punk band then based in Atlanta.

When it comes to opening acts, The Queers don’t screw around.

And Joe Queer is still electric on stage, even after all these years. Despite have a brand new bass player, the set was tight and fast with a couple of encores.

Joe said that he really needed to get down to Savannah from Atlanta more often. We agree.

I got a snippet of shitty video, but you get it:

Here’s one pic:


More pics after the jump, first of The Queers, then Flat Tires, and then SHEHEHE.

Michael Younker to perform a special solo set

Michael Younker of Sauna Heat will stray away from the band this weekend to play solo at Safe//Sound. But if you’re expecting the gritty-garage-college-rock sound typical of SH then you’ve got it all wrong. Younker’s solo work is far more experimental and relaxed — somehow making it sound a bit more personal. Show starts at 8 PM on Saturday.

Here’s some Michael Younker to help you wind down after a long week:

Revival Fest on 9/14 culminates with Truth & Salvage Co.

Revival Fest takes over the old paint shop at the Georgia State Railroad Museum (aka, the Roundhouse) on Saturday, 9/14. Be sure and check that website or the festival Facebook page for updates on food, drink, and logistics.

And, if you can’t commit to the entire day, be sure and consult the schedule.

Truth & Salvage Co., now based in Nashville after years in southern California, will be playing in the final 10 p.m. time slot.

That promises to be a rousing end to an impressive day of roots-influenced music.

USA Today premiered the Truth & Salvage Co.’s second album Pick Me Up, which came out in July.

Click here for Bill DeYoung’s interview in Connect Savannah with Truth & Salvage’s Adam Grace. Click here for Linda Sickler’s Savannah Morning News article on Revival Fest, which focuses a bit on the band.

Here’s the album trailer for Pick Me Up set to the single “Appalachian Hilltop”:

Here’s the lovely “Pure Mountain Angel”:

A couple photos from Truth & Salvage Co.’s first ever Savannah gig at Live Wire Music Hall (regrettably now closed):



More photos at Savannah Unplugged.

Les Racquet returns to Tybee Island Social Club Friday the 13th

Les Racquet didn’t hesitate to adopt Savannah and Tybee island as their home in the South during their initial visit here well over a year ago. They played a mid week show at Tybee Island Social Club last Wednesday, and they’re returning this Friday night. If you’ve never seen these three guys live, I urge you to drive out to Tybee Friday night and hear them in action. Each and every time I see them they’re better than the time before… part of that is simply that they’re phenomenal musicians, but they’re also keeping an insane schedule and honing their chops every night in front of enthusiastic crowds.

Fans of jazz will enjoy the live sets, while they won’t be playing standards, you’ll hear the jazz foundation in a lot of what they do and if you’re lucky they might even quote a little Brubek in the midst of one of their originals. Expect to hear impressive three part harmonies as well.

Their full length debut album Whale Hail  was recorded here in Savannah during the last quarter of 2012 at Elevated Basement Studio. The album art is by Tybee Island Social Club co-owner and chef Kurtis Schumm, who is also a talented musician and singer himself. Don’t be surprised if he joins them on stage at some point in the night. As the dinner crowd thins out, you can expect the crowd to start dancing. Music will likely start around 8:00 PM, Tybee Island Social Club is located at 1311 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328.

There is a Facebook event page for anyone wanting to stay abreast of any last minute changes.


of bodies of bones and breasts and unmapped chambers of hearts

Songs don’t always come easy, and I get the feeling the ten tracks on Field Report’s 2012 debut album were several years in the making. Nearly any time you read about Chris Porterfield and Field Report, there is mention of his past ties to DeYarmond Edison and and his ties to Justin Vernon. While that’s interesting to me, all of that would seem to be merely a means to get Porterfield and company to where they are today. Go ahead and click play on one of those songs below and read on.

The album opens with the track Fergus Falls, and although you know the lyrics and music are new, they feel like an old friend, as if you’ve always known and loved this tune.

 “The lyrics always come first, and then it’s figuring out how to score those lyrics.” 

That statement from Porterfield sums up his songwriting process, and as you listen to the album it is evident it works very well for him. For Field Report’s eponymous debut is one of those rare albums that feels complete, as if it’s one piece of art rather than just a collection of a dozen songs a band managed to put down