The Lees of Memory

THE LEES OF MEMORY are a Psychedelic Rock band hailing from Nashville, TN, formed by ex-Superdrag members John Davis & Brandon Fisher in 2012. Once drummer Nick Slack came aboard, the band recorded their debut album Sisyphus Says with mega-producer Nick Raskulinecz at the helm. It was issued by SideOneDummy Records in September of 2014, to favorable reviews; Consequence Of Sound said, “these guys can’t help but write devastatingly effective pop melodies.” The songs boasted the kind of keen melodic sense fans expected from the Superdrag veterans, flanked by lush walls of loud guitars. Live performances in support of the record were sporadic at best, but found the core trio augmented by Sam Powers (bass), Josiah Holland (keyboards & percussion), Ethan Luck (guitar & lap steel) and Jason Moore (guitar).
The follow-up album Unnecessary Evil was self-released in 2016, again co-produced with Nick Raskulinecz (this time at his Rock Falcon TN compound), but mixed by new friend and collaborator Mike Purcell, with whom the band has also cranked out a series of non-album 45s in-between full-length projects. The 2nd album finds them stretching the boundaries established on their debut, lacing the crunchy Power Pop they were best-known for in the past with strains of mid-‘60s Psychedelia. Stomp And Stammer called it, “tightly wound, artfully wrought and downright rockin.”
In late 2017, the Lees unveiled their 3rd full-length, this time a majestic double LP entitled The Blinding White Of Nothing At All. Co-produced by John Davis & Mike Purcell, its 4 sides of vinyl are packed with the band’s best songwriting to date and feature bandleader Davis performing on literally dozens of instruments. It is a summation of everything he and Brandon Fisher have learned over the course of their 25 years of making records together. According to Brooklyn Vegan, this is “an established group of great musicians showing how far they can stretch their musical chops and obsessive knowledge.” The band’s live performances this summer will be their first since October of 2015.

The Vamptones

Eight years. That's how long it took for Ben Wilkinson to pick up an instrument again, after being in a hard working punk band that got casually chewed up and spit out by the industry. During those eight years he hung up his converse for work boots and took a job painting commercial office space in the high rises of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Still listening to music, just not being active. Being an observer. That is, until a good friend encouraged him to pick music back up in early 2014. "The songs just started coming out, faster than I could even record", says Ben. "A few I missed. They were really cool, I think, but by the time I grabbed my recorder they were gone!". After demoing a few songs with whatever means available, a band was formed. "I wanted bandmates that I knew would have a sense of humor and would be willing to do things like have pizza parties before shows", says Ben. "Honestly the first three people I thought of to help form VampTones were Nicole Wilbanks (guitar), Shea Hoff (bass), and Erin Piper (drums). They all said yes! I'd never even really seen any of them play much (although they are all excellent musicians), but most importantly, I knew that they'd be down with pre-show pizza parties....and yes, we do have them". Their first album was recorded in a couple of days at their practice space, a bar called the Tiki Tiger. "I had no idea what I was doing with the microphones, we just set 'em up and went for it", says Ben. The end result is Kicks. KICKS. What does it mean? A reference to shoes? Things you do for fun? A nod to the best INXS album and making it plural? A play on words on the messaging service that the band uses to keep in touch with? Nope. It's a tribute to the first song that Ben demoed when he stared playing music again, Kicks, by Paul Revere and the Raiders. "I love that song. And I truly believe that Kicks DO just keep getting harder to find".

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