WKNC / WXYC / WUAG / WXDU Present Play it SAFE.

WKNC / WXYC / WUAG / WXDU Present Play it SAFE.

Gross Ghost, TOW3RS, See Gulls

Fri, May 30, 2014

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC

8-15 suggested donation!

Tickets Available at the Door

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Gross Ghost
Gross Ghost
Carrboro’s promising indie-rock band Gross Ghost sometimes includes musicians such as Rob Dipatri on lead guitar and T.J. Maiani on drums, but the duo of guitarist Mike Dillon and bassist Tre Acklen is its constant heart. Dillon, formerly of the roots band Old Bricks and the disco-punk Spader, met Acklen on the late-night house party circuit. They named their band Gross Ghost in honor of those last-men-standing at the after-party, providing an amiably debauched soundtrack for their drunken wee-hours adventures.

It took Gross Ghost a minute to figure out what they were: Their developmental music was filthy and fragmented—a speaker-scorching brand of noise rock that hinted, remotely, at songs. But they showed tremendous progression from 2009’s debut LP, Miggaz, to 2011’s Wicked Game EP, which the Indy called “one of the Triangle’s most delightful bits of music this year.”

Gross Ghost’s impulse to delight rather than confront blossoms on their new LP, Brer Rabbit, a lean and amenable record that braids together strands of lo-fi garage scuzz, sweet ’60s pop, and gently propulsive ’90s indie, all sparkly with reverb and humming with room tone. With the band’s boozy abandon tempered by plumb-line songwriting, the end result is somewhere between Cass McCombs and Built to Spill—understated vocal writing meets understated guitar theatrics to produce overstatedly catchy results.

Here, scene casualties make good, creating a record that sounds as fine at 4 p.m. on a lazy Sunday as it does at 4 a.m. on a sizzled Saturday. —Brian Howe
TOW3RS
TOW3RS
About a year ago, Derek Torres was driving around in his car, beating on his steering wheel and singing along to Lonnie Walker's "Summertime." Amidst the jaunt and flow of the lyrics, Torres got an idea for a cover. By the next day, his idea had been recorded and mixed in about six hours. "That night we put it on my new Bandcamp page and had 500 plays and 150 likes," he explains. Lonnie Walker was one of them.

The day after the "Summertime" cover was on Bandcamp, Lonnie Walker's label, Diggup Tapes, offered to put out a cassette, and Torres was booked to play a day party at Hopscotch. Torres rounded up friends Sam Logan, Karen Blanco, Jacquelyn Lee Huntington, and Zeke Krautwurst; they debuted as T0W3RS, an experimental rock 'n' roll outfit from Carrboro. "No one even knew what we looked like," Torres says. So begins the series of fortunate events for T0W3RS, whose debut album is titled If All We Have Is Time. The album romps with upbeat major-key melodies. "The Cardinal/the Finch" begins with a bouncing piano and builds into a chorus backed by twinkling la-la-las. But the lyrics don't brim with bliss. Instead, they speak from a place of heartbreak and loss, as on the mesmerizing guitar scuzzer "Over & O'ver."

"I feel like my generation feels a sense of urgency, but are unsure of where to direct that energy," Torres explains. "I am writing songs about that misguided energy." In their search for answers through music, T0W3RS supply something addictively kinetic. —Ashleigh Phillips
See Gulls
See Gulls
See Gulls was birthed in early 2013, and after a few lineup changes, the band finally came to fruition with its current lineup of Sarah Fuller on guitar, Maria Albani (of Organos) on drums, Duncan Webster (of Hammer No More The Fingers & Beauty World) on guitar, and Leah Gibson (of Beauty World). See Gulls are moody with pop and a little punk. RIYL Breeders/La Sera/Throwing Muses/Ex Hex.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
http://thepinhook.com/