GROWN UP AVENGER STUFF
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 8:00 - Show Starts: 9:00
Tickets: $8.00 (Advance) / $8.00 (Day of Show)
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Driven by a fiery mix of hard indie rock and dark, intense life affirming moments Charlotte NC based Grown Up Avenger Stuff – a powerhouse unit driven by veteran guitarist John Thomsen and his sons. Hunter (bass) and Tyler (drums/percussion) and now fronted by the incomparable Ray Stern (vocals) - emerged as a true global sensation in 2015.
They have extensively toured the US including appearances at one of the largest music festivals Summerfest (Milwaukee), NoDa Summerfest (Charlotte), Center of the Universe Fest (Tulsa) and batches of shows at South By Southwest.
Their freewheeling, high energy live shows have gone international with dates at K-Days in Edmonton (one of Canada’s top festivals), Indie Music Week and Canadian Music (Toronto), and toured European cities in Italy, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
Capturing their wild, growing momentum beyond the status of “regional sensation,” GUAS – which first hit the local scene in Charlotte in 2009 - has notched a growing number of critical accolades from key indie music tastemakers. Beneath The Grid named them the “2014 Breakout Artist of the Year.”
Rock World Magazine said they “haven’t been this excited since I first heard Alabama Shakes.” Mid TN Music puts them “on par with bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence and the Machine and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.” Bandblog says it all about GUAS’ growing impact in a few words: “May possibly become your new favorite band.”
GUAS has had the honor of working with Mark Needham, a renowned engineer who has worked with The Killers, Shakira, Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak and Blues Traveler, among countless others.
Needham says of GUAS: “I love what this band is doing. They have a very unique sound and they ROCK!”
The sound comes from the unique histories of the GUAS band members. John’s years of pure rock guitar work, combined with Tyler and Hunter’s gospel roots playing in church every week starting at twelve years old, and finally with the true electronic punk rock roots realized by Ray as she toured the clubs of Toronto and London, Ontario. Each is a multi-instrumentalist and their love of many music styles brings uniqueness to an effortless, exhilarating rock and roll energy.
As John says, “What you get from us live is pure fun rock and roll. The connection and chemistry between us is so strong, especially between Hunter and Tyler, and Ray has proven to be a perfect fit, as though she was created to be the perfect front person for GUAS. There are times when it feels like magic on stage – and there’s no better feeling than when we’ve got the energy going and we’re connecting with the audience. It’s taken us a few recordings to emerge with our own sound free from the references to our influences, and there’s freedom in knowing who we are and being able to express everything in our own unique way.”
Just when you thought Southern rock was said and done, along comes Beitthemeans, swaggering out from a dark shed somewhere deep in the pines of Sylacauga, Alabama. The name is fitting for a power trio that is all about boot straps, whether it’s pulling them up or using them to beat their way out of a smoldering genre that could benefit from a whipping or two. With swelling riffs, bluesy throwbacks and a lead singer with a screech that must be part owl, BITM certainly cracks the whip on Southern rock.
Bassist Casey Wilson, drummer Nathan Kelley and singer/guitarist Josh Jones partnered with Birmingham’s Ol Elegante studios and producer Lester Nuby for the band’s latest effort, Head Held High.
It’s a natural pairing, considering Nuby’s roots in alternative Southern rock. He currently plays in a Birmingham-based band called Vulture Whale, was a founding member of the band Verbena and has worked extensively with folks like Amy Ray and Dave Grohl.
“They’re Southern rock, no doubt, but with a hint of the occult,” Nuby says. “And, lyrically it’s completely truthful…singing songs about salvation and sin, about getting by in crazy, small-town Alabama.”
It doesn’t hurt either, that Jones’ startling scream is a full-on invocation to the dirty ghosts of rock and roll’s past, present and future. The band challenges all that has been and is to come of Southern rock and roll, making Head Held High a revival of sorts. Instead of resting on the laurels of the music royalty they admire: Son House, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Soundgarden, Nirvana, BITM left inspiration at the shed door and emerged on their own time, only after capturing a hell-bent sound they could claim as their own. And that’s what rebel punks should do.
Pröwess is a straight on rock 'n' roll band hailing from Charlotte, NC. This savage army of seasoned road-warriors with dreams of conquest and world domination was unleashed in 2016. With a war cry from hell, our guitars are our weapons. We march to the rumble of thunder under foot. We carry the battle flag of rock 'n' roll, but you'll hear us coming long before you see us.