Behold The Brave

Behold The Brave

The Howling Tongues, Warbly Jets

Thu, August 10, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Behold The Brave
Behold The Brave
Behold the Brave is a band whose sound is hard to ignore. Beyond the heavy, fuzzed-out guitars, there’s the beauty in the beast: Southern rock, blues, and psychedelic melodies at its finest. As vocalist and guitarist Clayton Davis explains, “We want every song to create a different vibe and feeling that adds the right ambiance for every occasion.”

And with that goal in mind, the Nashville band, consisting of Davis along with Zack Randolph (guitar), Jeremiah Thompson (drums) and Joel Parks (bass), incorporates a slew of genres and influences: Soulful Southern vocals, horns, and keys ala Stax, West Coast psych haziness, James Brown bravado, Mudhoney bass fuzz, and the best of 60s and 70s pop and RnB, from the Beatles to Motown.

That’s a lot for a young band to be referencing but when one digs deeper, it only makes sense. “Many forms of art can be influential; films, commercials, paintings, theories, science, nature, religion,” Davis points out. “Life experiences influence us to feel differently about songs or certain types of music. One day you wake up loving Mariah Carey, the next day you’re listening to The Chariot.” In other words, Top 40 to hardcore.

Behold the Brave started in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a city that embodies “picturesque,” as it’s surrounded by mountains and ridges, complete with the Tennessee River running through it. “It affected our writing,” Davis recalls. “We wanted to write heavy, fun shit that you would jam out to if you saw a band play your favorite bar.”

In early 2015 came a move to Nashville, the “Music City,” a city that has had its own unique influence as well. Surrounded by a more robust music industry and having put in more studio time, they are maturing as a band. Having developed a relationship with local studio, Gold Cassette, the band is developing and refining its take on Southern rock. “Our thoughts go beyond just the songwriting itself and a lot more into production,” Davis says, recalling one of their influences, The Beatles, who used the studio as another instrument rather than just a tool.

You’ll hear more of their musical growth on their debut release slated for release early spring via WITHYN Records.
The Howling Tongues
The Howling Tongues
Heavily influenced by classic garage rock bands like The Stooges, Big Star, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Kinks, The Howling Tongues, featuring Davey Rockett (Vocals), Nick Magliochetti (Guitars), Thomas Wainwright (Keys), Brandon Witcher (Bass), and drummer Tylor James, demoed 30 songs at their home studio before holing up at The Quarry in Kennesaw, GA, for nine days, to live-track and record the album.

The resulting decimation is soaked with reverberation amplification, kick drum detonations, fuzzy tone overload, over-driven organ, and raspy vocal incantations, making BOO HISS a can’t miss pièce de résistance. Within the first 8 bars of lead track ”Raw Power in a Red Dress,” a brazen bastard stepchild of The Stooges “Raw Power” and The Hollies "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress),” one realizes that The Howling Tongues are a performance enhancing drug ready to sweep your worries under the rug. Bottoms up.

Co-produced with T.J. Elias (Blackberry Smoke, Walk The Moon, Third Day), and Michael Bragg, the 9-song album was mastered by Greg Calbi (Ramones, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver) at Sterling Sound in NYC. Ryan Smith (AC/DC, Allman Bros, Aerosmith), also at Sterling, mastered the tracks for lacquer.

Whether on 150-gram vinyl, silver-spinning plastic orbs or via the ether of the internet, Hiss is sonic bliss. The Tongues inject a bluesy Southern flair on lead single “Vivian,” channel melodic mid-tempo Foo Fighters on “Alone,” effectuate the funky hip-swivel soul of Prince on “Greatest Lover Around,” mash up the boogie-woogie bombast of The Who and Kings of Leon on “Crooked Eyes” and imbue the psychedelic elegy of Led Zeppelin “No Quarter” on the epic 7-minute “Belladonna.” As its last eerie notes ring into the ecosphere, it becomes crystal clear, The Howling is near...rock’n’roll’s Holy Ghost has re-appeared.
Warbly Jets
Warbly Jets
Ask Julien O'neill how Warbly Jets fits into LA's music scene and he'll have a simple answer for you: They don't. They exist out there in the ether—caught somewhere in between yesterday and today, where massive rock 'n' roll melodies brush up against skittish breakbeats, swoon-worthy strings, and laser-guided synth lines."A lot of LA bands are hung up on what used to be," explains the keyboardist, "and refuse to realize how forward-thinking music can be when you embrace modernity. We have no interest in writing something solely indebted to paisley and teardrop guitars.""I love all the people here," adds singer/guitarist Samuel Shea. "That being said, I'm not a big fan of the '60s psych resurgence happening in LA right now. Our goal has always been to blend our influences from the past with today's technology instead of just recreating the jangly guitar music that was perfected by countless bands five decades ago. This hasn’t necessarily given us the most obvious fast track, but wenever gave a damn about being a scene band when we moved here anyway." They couldn't afford to, really. With little to no money, circumstances led them to several months of couch-surfing, at one point when they finally secured a lockout production space in Venice, Samuel and Julien had no choice but to stay at a questionable motel nearby and begin to chip away. Another studio setback in San Diego left the two searching for housing back in LA while, perhaps more importantly, searching for the rightspace to record the band's first official cuts. The process was far from perfect.“ There were quite a few moments of slogging through shit” says O'neill, "but there were also some very lucky breaks in the end." Chief among them: the additions of Justin Goings on drums and Dan Gerbang on bass.They've certainly needed the support at times; aside from the typical growing pains all bands experience, Shea was in a bad motorbike accident last year that left him with a fractured wrist and forearm. And while he felt "completely defeated" at first, "wondering if I would ever be able to play an instrument again," Shea was ultimately able to heal with the help of music, crafting vocal melodies and lyrics with Gerbang as the pair produced “ Alive” – a tune that is appropriately now their debut single. "It's been a great development to be able to share writing duties and produce as much as we possibly can with this group," says O'neill. Finding inspiration in downtown LA's Ultrasound Studios, the quartet dynamic and individual determination has seen the band hit it’s stride recently with a slew of key performances in the Los Angeles area and growing label interest, all the while crafting a larger studio endeavor that isn’t necessarily in the flow of their contemporaries. Willing this project into existence, “ Alive” is essentially a collective self-affirmation that aspiring to create in the face of all circumstances–internal or external–is the artist’s most vital role. In hindsight, there was never really any question for Shea and company, but the journey so far has certainly yielded plenty of new answers.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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