Two very different Upstate bands have released new singles recently, and these releases provide an interesting perspective on the breadth of our growing local music scene. Wasted Wine and The Indoor Kids are polar opposites, musically speaking, but they both fit in to our musical landscape just fine.
Wasted Wine’s new single is “Eccentric Millionaire,” and it’s fascinating. Wasted Wine, led by collaborators, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Robert Gowan and Adam Murphy, has always been interested in folk music from around the world, a macabre vibe and more than a little humor.
All of that comes into play on “Eccentric Millionaire,” a bouncy burlesque-style romp about a man who wants to become rich and incredibly odd. The song is fueled by Gowan’s pleasantly deranged vocal and soaring violin and a skillful bouzouki solo from Murphy.
The song has actually been in the band’s repertoire for years, but Gowan said it fits the current, more acoustic version of Wasted Wine perfectly.
“It’s probably one of the more Eastern European folk songs that we have,” he said. “Our drummer tells us our style is mostly archaic musical forms that are lost and that we take all those elements and put them all in one song.”
On the other side of the musical spectrum is The Indoor Kids. A trio of guitarist-vocalist Matt Fessler, bassist Wes Gilliam (co-owner of Greenville’s Radio Room venue) and drummer Will Thornhill, the band has one basic mode: loud, hard and fast. Their new single, “Gimme More,” kicks the door down with a massive, distorted bass line before Thornhill’s relentless drums barge in and Fessler’s Green Day-style guitar riffs and angular vocals ride high over the top.
Gilliam said the band deliberately chose “Gimme More” as a new single because of it’s forcefulness.
“To me, this song just has that vibe,” he said. “It’s driving and unrelenting.”
As for the lyrics, Fessler said the subject matter is as heavy as the song.
“It’s about the self-realization of how substance use has taken a strangle hold on your ability to not only function normally but all-around stay alive on a daily basis,” Fessler said. “What was once a means to relieve the stress of living has become a dependency.”
Taking both of these songs into consideration, it would seem that there’s plenty of space to develop different sounds on the Upstate music scene, and Gowan agrees with that assessment.
“It just goes to show you that there’s plenty of opportunity in Greenville if you really hunt for it,” he said. “There’s enough going on that people can carve out their own little pockets.”