Sound Bites: Live music for the weekend

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Saturday, June 15th
Bask, w/ WEIGHT and Corpsemower
Radio Room,
110 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville
8 p.m.
$10 adv., $12 dos.

The Asheville band Bask has been called a lot of things, from metal to progressive to psychedelic to Americana, for some reason, but what they actually are is a heavy, dynamic rock band that excels at hard-rock epics, like the ones on their 2017 album Ramble Beyond. The quartet scales chord changes and mood-shifts like mountains, and they can stretch their songs to eight minutes or more without any dip in melodic interest or instrumental power. That all makes them great to listen to, but hard to describe. “I just tell people we’re a heavy band that’s metal-influenced, with kind of a post-rock atmosphere in there,” says Bask drummer Scott Middleton. “Mostly we leave it up the people listening to us to decide what to call us.” The word “atmosphere” is key in that description, though, because the band works hard to give both their songs and shows a definite mood, whether that’s through their songwriting or a killer light show. “You go to shows today and see a lot of people on their phones,” Middleton says. “It takes a lot more to draw people in these days, regardless of the musical medium you’re working in. We want our show to be an experience.”

Saturday, June 15th
Unspoken Tradition
Gottrocks,
200 Eisenhower Dr., Greenville
8 p.m.
$8

Band names can be pretty random sometimes, but when it comes to the NC group Unspoken Tradition, there’s a definite meaning behind the moniker. The quintet is a dazzling bluegrass outfit that can weave acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin upright bass and dazzling vocal harmonies like all the great groups with names like Stanley and Monroe and McCoury, and singer/guitarist Audie McGinnis says they’re very aware of the footsteps they’re following in. “I think all of us have a real appreciation for heritage and the past,” he says. “I think that’s something that’s built into our genre of music. When people think of bluegrass, a lot of them think of times past. That’s what our name implies, that there are things from our culture that we want to carry forward, whether they’re implicit or explicitly stated.” Unspoken Tradition just released their 3rd album, Myths We Tell Our Young, and it sounds like it could’ve been recorded with the instrumentalists gathered around one mic, even if it actually wasn’t. “With the third album we wanted to make sure we had the songs learned inside and out just the way we wanted them before we went in to record them,” McGinnis says. “That way, the energy was there.”

Friday, June 14th
Hannah Peeples (EP release show), w/ The James Tucker Band and Taylor Miller
The Spinning Jenny,
107 Cannon St., Greer
8 p.m.
$10 adv., $14 dos.
Even as she was attending the Fine Arts Center in her teens and learning jazz and classical vocal techniques, Upstate singer/songwriter Hannah Peeples knew that her first love was country music. So when she began working on the songs for her new self-titled EP at Charleston’s Anchor + Pine studio with her brother Graham and producer/engineer Brian Jarvis, it was no surprise that they had country music as their foundation. But she was able to take the lessons she’d learned at the Fine Arts Center and apply them to her work in the studio on the EP’s five country-pop tunes. “It was about learning the proper techniques for singing and being able to apply it to the music I sing today,” Peeples says. “That definitely came in handy during the recording process, where you can redo, and repeat things as opposed to live performance. There were times when I’d have to do the exact same thing vocally, and I was using that muscle memory that I learned in high school.”

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