People's Blues Of Richmond + Denizen + Schooley Mountain Band

People's Blues Of Richmond + Denizen + Schooley Mountain Band

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

People's Blues Of Richmond
People's Blues Of Richmond
People's Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they've signed with Madison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C., headlining NYC's Bowery Ballroom and a dozen festivals around the country, playing Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN' & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello and Dinosaur Jr.

Their new album (out June 10) was recorded in Richmond by Ricky Olson at The Ward, and is named after the band’s intense new one-minute and 35 second hit of proggy psych-punk, ”Quit or Die." As People's Blues pounds into the first chorus, singer Tim Beavers II howls, "Compromise is suicide when your choice is quit or die!" The song explores the hardships of addiction, from eviction notices to regrettable drug deals. Quit or Die is filled with thought-provoking lyrics as the band sonically claws through the speakers like some mutant beast. The songs "Richmond City Hangover Blues" and "The House on Oregon Hill" are shout-outs to their filthy/beautiful hometown, while "The March" and "I Understand" both exemplify the band's love of life on tour and all the insanity that comes with it, and "I Love You" and "Just Tears" express the futility and anguish of love gone awry. The moods shifts from dark and brooding to manic and frenzied as if the record itself was suffering from borderline personality disorder.

People's Blues of Richmond was originally formed in 2009 by bass player Matthew Volkes and guitarist Tim Beavers II. They found their first drummer, Raphael Katchinoff in the Richmond music scene and played with him for four years and two albums. During the making of their second album, Good Time Suicide, they were joined by keyboard player Tommy Booker, but he and Raphael soon turned their focus to their other group, Southern Belles. Then, Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb from The Wailers) took over on drums. After the switch, Volkes, Beavers & Williams all moved in together and began touring full time in a 15 passenger Ford van. They've been going non-stop ever since, spending all hours of the day either traveling, playing, writing, recording or planning their next step.

After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that shows in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”

The band is currently working on a "Quit or Die" music video before continuing to take audiences by storm with their unbelievable live shows, which often include smashed guitars, blazing light shows and brilliant projections from Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band back in Richmond)
Denizen
Denizen
Distilling the sounds of American music, Denizen hail from tradition but cut the edge on rock today. One listen to the band and you will find the door re-opened to rock, though you may need re-introduction. There's no clear way to capture their music by description even though it most definitely has something to say. In a world of synthetic beats, focus-grouped lyrics and test-tube pop stars, Denizen emerges as a clarion reminder that music is either live or else it's dead – is either fashioned organically, from real experiences of pain, loss, love, joy, spirituality…or else is just more static for the radio. They believe in themselves, they believe in their fans, and they believe their art has the power to unite both in some way. And that's why they've been out there night after night after night givin it all away.
Schooley Mountain Band
Schooley Mountain Band
The Schooley Mountain Band is a NYC / New Jersey based blues-rock experience. Founded in 2012 by cousins Madison Gerish (vocals, guitar) and Michael Rieckert (guitar), the SMB delivers soulful, melodic vocals over driving and groovy jams. While The Schooley Mountain Band’s material is rooted in frontwoman Madison Gerish’s early career as an acoustic singer/songwriter, it has since progressed into a dynamic and high-energy sound, without abandoning Gerish’s melodic folk origins. In late 2013, former Psychedelic Hat Rack members Aydar Shaildayev (bass, keys), Dan Novograd (guitar) and Jackson Richards (drums) joined to round out The Schooley Mountain Band’s versatile lineup.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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