Late Bloomer, Benchmarks, Almost People, Old Heavy Hands

Late Bloomer

2 guys that love 80s/90s indie rock, punk, and grunge and 1 guy that is old enough to have lived through it. Using the old guy as our guide we seek to create original tunes that could have fit nicely in 1993.

Scott- Drums
Neil- Guitar, Vocals
Josh- Vocals, Bass

Benchmarks

Following the release of his debut EP "Where Fake Cowboys Go To Drink", singer and guitarist Todd Farrell, Jr. didn't think of it as much more than a songwriting exercise, an attempt to articulate his feelings about growing up and finding his place in the world. That was until people heard it.

With requests for shows flowing in from all over the Southeast, Todd recruited fellow guitarist Eli Rhodes and a pair of old friends in Jack Whitis and Matt "Goose" Rewinski to fill out a band. With that, Todd Farrell, Jr. and the Dirty Birds were born, playing their first hometown show with scene veterans Arliss Nancy in October of 2012.

Logging hours of late-night practice, the band quickly put its own spin on Todd's repetoir. The newly christened Dirty Birds began playing anywhere that would have them, pay or no pay, whether there were 5 people or 100 people in the room. A few audience members knew the words to every song, but most were experiencing the band's raw passion and infectious energy for the first time. As the shows accumulated, so did the group's material, and soon, fans were clamoring for a full-length album.

For weeks, the band burned the midnight oil in the studio after coming home from their day jobs. The reaction from the release of "All Our Heroes Live In Vans" in October of 2013 provided much needed confirmation that they were hitting their mark. Songs that intermingled the missteps of youth with a relentless enthusiasm for life created a chemical reaction that was hard to ignore. The exuberence you experience when things goes right, the urge to bury your face in your hands the other ninety percent of the time--it all resonated with listeners.

With that in mind, the group made the tactical decision to scrap their name, dropping the artist-plus-band connotations once and for all, and rename themselves Benchmarks in anticipation of releasing the "American Night" EP in June of 2015. Branching further out from the well-worn girls and beer tropes, "American Night" was their most collaborative project to date. The stories on the album unfold behind crackling guitars and raucous percussion, deftly weaving through the band's collective experiences, culminating in the album's closer "Paper Napkins", which attests that the only way to survive is to "stick it out together".

With touring and recording already slated for 2016, Benchmarks is just getting started.

Almost People

Almost People is a melodic punk band based out of Durham North Carolina. The band was started by long time friends Jonny Clousson(formerly of Jay Heart Montreal) and Scotty Sandwich(Death to False Hope Records / The Sandwiches) in the summer of 2011. The band has established themselves locally by supporting legendary acts like The Queers and Cracker along with upcoming acts like Dead to Me, Cobra Skulls and Banner pilot. The band has self released 2 Ep's via their bandcamp page and are currently demoing their debut full length for Death to False Hope Records.

Old Heavy Hands

They say appearances are everything, but in the case of North Carolina's tattooing troubadours, Old Heavy Hands, appearance is a livelihood. The unassuming trio comprised of Nate Hall, Larry Wayne and David Self are crafting some of the finest southern music. Old Heavy Hands lives just as comfortably on the record shelf next to Willie Nelson or Neil Young as it does between Lucero and Wilco.

$5.00 - $7.00

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