Saturday, Oct. 12
Natural Born Leaders, w/ Canopy Hands
110 Poinsett Highway, Greenville
$7 advance, $10 door
In their relatively brief time as a band, Asheville’s Natural Born Leaders have created and refined a devastatingly effective sound that mixes heavy, funky guitar rock with frontman Mike Martinez’s tough, confident raps. Martinez says that the secret to blending those two separate styles is to not think about them as separate in the first place. “I don’t really think about that,” he says. “It’s not something we’ve ever thought about. I feel like it seems like rap is supposed to sound like this, and rock is supposed to sound like this, but there’s no one way to do any of it. We’re not trying to necessarily find a common a ground; we just want to make it sound good in our own way, however that may be.” The band has a new EP called Abominable Creatures (recorded at Asheville’s increasingly-popular Echo Mountain studio) coming out soon, and Martinez says he’s ready for the world to hear it. “I can’t wait to get this thing out,” he says. “We’ve been sitting on it for awhile. We want to get it out there and let it have its shine in the world.”
Friday, Oct. 11
Motel Glory (album release show), w/ The Long Canes and Darby Wilcox
The Velo Fellow
1 Augusta St., Suite 126, Greenville
Free (21 & over), $5 (under 21)
Sometimes you just need the raw, raucous feel of two guitars, bass and drums knocking you in the head in the form of straight-ahead, loud-as-hell rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what Motel Glory does best. Coming straight outta Rock Hill, the quartet calls to mind great train-wrecks like The Replacements in their no-frills approach, blasting out ragged riffs and rhythms, jagged-edge vocals and punk-era attitude, but never losing sight of a song’s melodic core. They describe their music as “’60s garage meets ‘70s “Hee Haw” meets ‘80s hardcore meets today’s regrets,” which is as good a way as any to describe this joyful noise. It’s kind of refreshing in an age of genre-over-labelling to see a band simply commit to playing both kinds of music: rock and roll. That’s what Motel Glory does best, and they’ve been doing it for more than a decade now, releasing a slew of albums, EPs and singles, and their new album, Let ’Em Live is putting their hometown of Rock Hill on the musical map.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Beyond Creation, with Fallujah
5 Market Point Drive, Greenville
Montreal’s Beyond Creation is proof that a metal band need not sacrifice precision for sheer brutality. Over three albums, the most recent of which is 2018’s Algorythm, the band has refined a skilled-but-vicious style of technical death metal, unleashing plenty of thunderous double-time beats and skyscraping riffs, but always managing to keep a sense of grandeur and even some beauty in their music. In fact, the four-piece group, led by singer/guitarist Simon Girard, does what they do so well that they just won a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year for Algorythm. Though the band’s sound is undeniably complex, and Girard doesn’t sing so much as howl like a demonic beast, fans of heavy music who haven’t heard Beyond Creation should be pleased with the brutality of their attack. And fans of progressive rock might just enjoy how skillfully the band juggles their intricate song constructions.