Jet Black Alley Cat
DBMK, Hardcastle, The New Schematics
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Jet Black Alley Cat
Nashville-based band Jet Black Alley Cat formed in mid-2014. In a short period of time, they have been featured on mtvU, MTV Latin America, and other media outlets. Releasing one song and film at a time, Jet Black Alley Cat has seen steady growth in their early career. A collection of youth and fresh perspective drives the band to its VINTAGE, POP, ROCK sound. Jet Black just wrapped up a 20 date tour supporting Rookie of the Year, and they already have multiple future dates in place across the East and Southeast. Groove.
Keeping things simple is probably one of the most complicated things that a musician could ever do. Ironic isn’t it? DBMK creates a really immersive and cinematic blend of sound, yet their indie pop is direct, deliberate, and extremely easy to relate to. In December of 2014 they released The Abyss, their debut full-length album. The songs are introspective and intimate, but their sound is big, with reverberated guitar riffs, soulful vocals and great arrangements that echo artists such as Twenty One Pilots and The Neighbourhood, but with an equally honest and less polished attitude.
Since the summer of 2013 they have been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, KTLA Channel 5 News, and PopVLTR Magazine, and their music is aired on 97X’s Local Motion and USF Bull’s Radio. They recently created and operate under their own independent record label, Kick Booty Records.
Due to the outfit’s unique brand of highly energetic live performance, they have supported such acts as New Politics, Panic! At The Disco, and AWOLNATION. In December of 2015, DBMK won 97x’s Next Big thing Local Band Search to support Walk The Moon, The Neighbourhood, and Twenty One Pilots at the Mid-Florida Amphitheater.
Though the group is relatively new, they have completely changed the way many view independent and local music by professionally releasing a music video for their song, “Rich Girls,” performing at large music festivals such as FSC’s Southern Takeover, WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave, and Cox Media’s 97x Barbecue and NBT- all within one year of their first steps into the music scene. Much of the duo’s success can in fact be attributed to their constant professionalism, fan relationships, and electrifying stage performance. In July of 2016 they released their highly anticipated sophomore studio album, “Collapse,” which was met with overwhelming fan support, and toured the Southeast United States.
Graham and Miles Laderman have been playing music together since they could pick up an instrument. They met Val Hoyt, another lifelong musician, in Atlanta and he soon became like a brother to them. After playing together around Atlanta for about four years, the band members began their separate moves to Nashville and one by one, eventually made their way to Belmont University.
While it was difficult during this process to stay connected and maintain a band 'long distance,' the necessity and yearning to play together never wavered. The connection they had made (soon to be joined by Noah Christian) was hard to rival, and knowing what each member was capable of, both with an instrument and without, made for an unmatched brotherhood.
In the fall of 2017, life changed for the band. Graham left school to focus on music full time, Miles was finally able to make the move to Nashville, and they linked up with their newest member and brother, Noah Christian. Now, with everyone in the same place and a complete lineup, Hardcastle began making a name for themselves.
Hardcastle charted on Spotify’s Viral 50 charts nationally AND globally, thanks to an amazing fan-base that they began to connect with on Twitter. They started touring numerous cities in the US, most notably with The Band Camino and Jet Black Alley Cat; they also played most recently in Knoxville at UTK's Volapalooza (with acts such as Juicy J and Zella Day). They also continued to experience success in the Nashville area, selling out The High Watt as well as filling the Mercy Lounge alongside other Nashville bands.
Today, the band is tighter than it’s ever been. Graham, Miles, Val and Noah are focused on music full time, while sharing the same house in Nashville. After a summer of hard work and self-discovery, they are beginning a new chapter with the release of ‘* **** ***’ (August 31). Part of this growth involved the band re-assessing exactly who they are and the evolution of their sound. Because of this new direction, they have decided to take down previous works from major store fronts and begin with a clean slate. A total re-set.
Hardcastle will build a name for themselves off of authentic and personal songs that have come from hours of hard work and introspection. It’s about loving the process…it's about brotherhood…it's about the shift in mentality from instant gratification and entitlement, to a love and appreciation for the songwriting, the music itself and the hard work it takes to get there.
The New Schematics
Nashville’s The New Schematics spent their first fifteen months as a band proving that the Born Without Borders Tour was indeed the right name for their tour that spanned 97 shows in 42 cities across the US and Canada. As a band that quickly put so many shows under its belt, it is no wonder as to why they’ve gained the reputation as a live act with “the crowd control skills of preachers” (Cougar Microbes) whose “passion for their art is palpable” (Valslist).
The band officially began as a duo, with Cory Bishop (vocals, guitar) and Michael Bare (bass, vocals), who brought a rotating cast of bandmates on the road with them. A few months after they pulled him on stage for a guitar solo in New York City, Shanan Lau left the band that was opening for The New Schematics in order to join Cory and Michael as a full-time third member.
They now usher in 2017 with the title track from their sophomore EP, Your Year. The sprawling rock’n’roll soundscape coupled with the clear-cut lyrical optimism of the lead single falls right in-line with their debut that already carried “the markings of a seasoned classic,” (Will Hodge, Noisetrade).
Visit thenewschematics.com/tour for upcoming tour dates in support of the new EP release this year.