I Was Totally Destroying It
Fate has served I WAS TOTALLY DESTROYING IT well. The members of the 5-piece power-pop band from Chapel Hill, NC found each other searching for a new creative outlet as all their previous bands were imploding at precisely the same moment. Determined to try something different, these veterans of North Carolina indie rock acts like Sorry About Dresden and Strunken White embraced their love of 70’s icons such as Tom Petty and Elvis Costello, 80’s new wave artists such as The Cure and Kate Bush, and 90’s stalwarts like Superchunk and That Dog – and founded the hook-heavy IWTDI Rock Machine. Dueling lead vocalists and songwriters Rachel Hirsh and John Booker harmonize lyrics that belie the sweet, sunny suggestions of their upbeat melodies, inviting you to listen in on their conversations about self-loathing, fear, and intimacy. Backed by a powerful rhythm section (drummer James Hepler and bassist Joe Mazzitelli), and the soaring lead guitars of Curtis Armstead, I Was Totally Destroying It have yet to slow down in the nearly 5 years since the band’s inception.
Equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz, The Beast developed its distinct sound on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. While pianist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Pete Kimosh were earning their music degrees, emcee Pierce Freelon (son of 6-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon) was developing the foundation for his intelligent lyricism in the Department of African American Studies. After graduating, the quartet joined forces in 2007 and quickly distinguished themselves as a pioneering force in the North Carolina music scene through their high energy live show and exceptional compositions.
During the last decade, Aimée Argote has had more bands called Des Ark than she has albums under that name. She’s howled and jerked in sweaty houses and rock clubs, backed by a drummer, another drummer, yet another drummer and a second guitarist, and a small symphony. She’s brought big crowds to a whisper with nothing but her voice and a banjo or a tiny guitar that kept slipping out of tune. But, a stack of radio sessions aside, Des Ark only has one LP, 2005’s Loose Lips Sink Ships, and a collaborative split, 2007’s Battle of the Beards, to call its own.
In the Showroom
Doors @ 7:30 PM
Show @ 8:30 PM
$6 advance / $9 at door
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