9/23 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Shack
* w/JEFF The Brotherhood
I'll tell you what Music Band isn't. Music Band is not a group of sour-faced millenial cry-babies wearing fedoras and Beatle boots, trudging through their live performances, looking like they can't wait to get off stage and hit their vape pens. Music Band is not a bunch of dirtnapping hee-hee boys who try so hard to act like they don't care about the holes in their clothes and their uninspired power chords that they become caricatures of ideas of a musical genre filtered through five decades of misunderstanding. Music Band is not some group of human Xeroxes squirted out by some corporate bigwig sucking on a fat stogie up in an ivory tower somewhere. Music Band is a group of three best friends, Harry Kagan (guitar), Lee Putney (drums) and Duncan Shea (bass), making honest-to-goodness rock and roll music in Nashville, TN. After pairing with local indie label Infinity Cat Recordings (JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, etc.) to release their debut cassette Can I Live (2014), and 7" single, "I Was Like" (2014), they are now on the cusp of unleashing their first full-length LP, "Wake Up Laughing". Recorded at Bomb Shelter Studio with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Natural Child), Wake Up Laughing is the latest chapter in the Music Band annals, showcasing their knack for writing catchy, surprising, high-energy songs that make their influences as vast as they are difficult to pin down. Their songwriting echoes their constant quest for discovery and reinvention, while always remaining true to themselves. It is Music Band's profound respect for each other and for those who came before them as they toe the line between light and dark, which keeps them hurtling forward into the great delights of the unknown.
Music Band is currently the subject of a new book by acclaimed music historian, Tish Manuel, called "Music Band: True Music Band". Excerpt from the introduction below:
"Distant trumpet sounds pierce the quiet majesty of an autumnal morn in the hamlet of Nashville. A snare drum rolls and flares over a deep and thunderous boom of a bass drum. For it is Lee, son of Edwaird, dark sage of yon tammy skins. All the while, thine mountains tremble with a booming rejoicy, as a golden-headed passengerglazes over flora and fauna heartily, bearing winsome tones of the lowlands. Hark still, O dear villagers, it be Duncan, son of Timothe and keeper of delight. A beautiful and radiant banner of hope tears up a flagstaff as two screeching red hawks vie for the pole's stoic perch overhead. Nay, thine ears do deceive, for it is Harry, son of Howairde, whom picketh lute with the noble intent of elder bards thousands of years before him. A jubilee of creatures, characters, and animals alike rejoice. Hey, Nonny Nonny. The kingdom is good. For Music Band is nigh, if it please."
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