A bill of Tennessee rock invades Asheville.
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With a signature sound of heavy meets lush instrumentation combined with pensive lyrics, a unique blend of art-rock has emerged. Hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee, Auto Defiance is led by prolific songwriter Bradley Boyer. Joining to build this ornately complex wall of sound is a small collective of passionate musicians who share a love for playing heavy, yet atmospheric songs, which take you on an adventure from high-energy anthems to melodramatic ballads.
Based in the heart of 5-points in East Nashville, the band also consists of Asheira (voice, synth), Jonathan Bradford (Drums), Chris Holt (Bass), Matt Simms (Guitar), who play alongside eerie, vintage film footage flickering during the show.
Creating enchanting music without boundaries Auto Defiance playfully blurs the lines between alternative, indie pop and post punk. Their live performance is all about telling stories through song, while exploring new sonic and visual territories together. Inspired by larger than life characters such as pop artist Andy Warhol, to vocalists such as Jeff Buckley and Morrissey; this is a band who fully understands the power of iconography in music.
A Great Disaster has been described as a new take on the indie/folk genre but we like to try our best to push that description around. We are always searching and open to new influences and musical ideas and love anything that challenges us, is fun for us to play, and is fun for you to listen to! We like catchy melodies, riffs that make you bob your head, and beats that force you to dance; we love moments in music that make you laugh out loud, gasp or tear up. We try to make each song of ours very different from the last one so we don’t get bored playing and you don’t get bored listening or singing along.
Singer and songwriter Matt Sanders grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee listening to artists like James Taylor and Billy Joel. At 14 years old he began playing guitar and writing music that evolved into his own folk rock style. Matt pulls inspiration from artists such as Amos Lee and Damien Rice, which is evident in his emotional, contemplative melodies. As a senior in High School, he was given the opportunity to record a single, “Regrets”, in Nashville Tennessee and fell in love with the recording process. In 2010, Matt recorded and released his first acoustic album, “Apathy Has Found Us Again”. Also in 2010 he found himself on the road with the country sensation The Band Perry as their guitar technician. With the taste of touring still fresh, Matt strives to play as often as possible showcasing his old and new material. Soon to come is his first full length, full band album.