A fun bill of local and regional rock acts visits the Emerald Lounge!
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The Kicks may be young, but they are quick to admit that in a decidedly non-hipster way, they do indeed plan to rock you. Never interested in moping, navel gazing or wallowing in the emotional muck and mire that permeates so much of the modern music culture, Jordan Phillips (lead vocals, rhythm guitar,) Adam Stark (lead guitar, keys, backing vocals,) Gabriel Anderson (bass, backing vocals) and Lucas Cummins (drums) intend to take your breath away with massive melodies, epic guitar riffs, irresistible rhythms and lyrics that practically force you to sing along. Though perfectly comfortable in clubs, this is music made for stadiums and with every intention that’s exactly where The Kicks are heading.
“What initially inspired all of us to start this band,” Phillips recalls, “was the desire to create rock and roll music not only influenced by, but also played like rock and roll music used to be played. We grew up listening to McCartney, Queen, Aerosmith, The Beatles, The Stones, Faces, The Byrds, Foo Fighters, White Stripes, Petty, Springsteen and the other godparents of the genre. We wanted to play music that made us feel the same way those bands had.” Stark agrees. Having discovered the unbridled joy and freedom of the 60s and 70s era music his father played, he set his sights high. “There was such a spirit of freedom and exploration with the sounds in that music,” he conveys. “They were pushing boundaries and exploring uncharted territory. We wanted to pursue that pure energy – that raw excitement – and to share that connection with an audience.”
Worldline is a four-piece textured rock band, the brainchild of music producer Andrew Schatzberg who has come out from behind the control board to continue his career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and front man. Formed in 2011, Worldline features seasoned veterans of Asheville’s music scene: Brian Turner on keyboards and backing vocals. With their varied musical experiences and influences—Beck, The Flaming Lips, U2, Pink Floyd, Radiohead—the five men of Worldline have created a distinctly dramatic sound that rises above the din of typical rock music. Worldline hit the clubs in 2011 while recording their first album, Inside the Noise, released in May 2012.
Wayne Graham is the culmination of a work that began over 8 years ago, at least for band founder Kenny Miles. He and his brother Hayden have been writing, arranging, and playing music for as long as they can remember. When you add in the musical talents of band mates, Jon Grindstaff and Jordan Epperson, you finally have Wayne Graham. The unusual name comes out of Kenny’s love and respect for family, combining the names of his grandfathers Wayne and Graham. The music has evolved since those early beginnings as well. From heavy rock to soft ballads, every style of music and artist is reflected in the sound you hear when you listen to Wayne Graham. Their musical influences include such greats as Wilco, Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. When writing music and lyrics, the band strives for originality and diversity so that every song is it’s own musical experience. The current group has been playing and traveling together for the past two years, playing anywhere that will have them. They have graced the stage with such great bands as The Steepwater Band, Sons of Bill, Corey Chisel and The Wondering Sons and St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Their music is both ageless and timeless appealing to young and old alike. Wayne Graham is looking forward to the road that lies ahead. They’ve just released their newest album, ‘Brighter by Now’, in April, 2012.