Dubbed an Atlanta supergroup by locals, The Constellations officially formed when vocalist Elijah Jones teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) to create Southern Gothic. Jones and Allen tossed ideas around for two years before finally recording. Now the band and its ever-changing line-up of Atlanta musicians is playing sold out shows in Atlanta’s most popular venues, from the Earl, Star Bar, Lenny’s, the Drunken Unicorn, and even Athens’ the 40 Watt. Recorded at Maze Studios, Southern Gothic is a meandering tour of the underbelly of Atlanta, lead by Jones’ gruff delivery and parabolic lyrics. Lush production invokes the muscular rhythms of ‘70s Fela Kuti, the propelling pop sensibility of the Gorillaz and the vocals of a modern-day Tom Waits. Cee Lo of Gnarls Barkley and newly signed SRC artist Asher Roth are featured on the album, with a revision of Tom Waits’ “Step Right Up” as a centerpiece. Also on the album are Atlanta musicians Brand Hagen (Trances Arc) and Julian Dorio (The Whigs). The Constellations live show consists of a five-man band backing Jones’ trademark vocals and persona: James Arnold, Ryan Davis, Jamie Gordon, Wes Hoffman and Jason Nackers (Second Shift). A crowd-pleasing, all-girl “Clap Squad” covers back-up vocals and completes the spectacle. The band plays locally monthly and will begin touring nationally this summer. - AOL Music
Ben & Nino Chace and Mark Dobbyn grew up in the great state of Rhode Island, drinking coffee milk and eating grinders from an early age. When Ben moved to NY to pursue film at NYU he ran into Paul Defiglia, a rambling North Carolinean living in the room above his in their freshman dorm, who was constantly dropping heavy objects on the floor and making it hard to sleep. After many years spent stumbling around the five boroughs together causing trouble, they finally got a band together to record a song for a friends photography project in 2010. After trekking down to North Caronlin for its vinyl release at a fine art museum in Durham, they decided to enlist the help of their Rhode Island brethren and old college buddy Diamond Dave Christian and make it official. And on the 11th day, Bird Dog was born.