Mechanical River, The SImple Pleasure, Opal Onyx, Champagne Sequins

mechanical river

"Astral Castle" Out May 27th 2012. Mechanical River is the melancholic and twisted folk project of ex-Working Title frontman and Charleston, SC native Joel T Hamilton. As the Working Title, Hamilton's first E.P. "Everyone Here Is Wrong" was rated 5 out of 5 in Alternative Press Magazine and they also labeled The Working Title, A Band To Watch. The band's next LP, About Face, was released July 18, 2006. On October 6, 2005, The Working Title began the "The Music Is Much Too Loud Tour" with Circa Survive, Mae, and MUTEMATH as an opening act. The band has also been on tour with bands such as mewithoutYou, Copeland, Vedera, As Tall as Lions, Counting Crows, Our Lady Peace and the Goo Goo Dolls. In 2008 Hamilton released his first solo record "Officina" and in 2010 released the critically acclaimed "Feels Like We're Gonna Win" on Charleston label Shrimp Records (Shovels and Rope, Owen Beverly)

With musical influences running the gamut, Hamilton's new project Mechanical River effectively paints the Christ-haunted southern low-country into every song with a then-and-now blend of digital loops, 80s Casio keyboards, swampy effect-riddled vocals, a cigar box guitar and even more traditional instruments like accordion, banjo and fiddle. At the top, Hamilton's voice is both soaring and despondent - crooning a transcendent lyrical portrait of the muddiness of life and love

Live, Mechanical River features Hamilton as the classic one-man band - singing, playing guitar and drums all with the accompaniment of backing tracks. The cacophony of sound is both captivating and surreal.

The Simple Pleasure

The Simple Pleasure was born out of the rib of Chad Raines one Sunday in Austin, TX. Since then it has become an all consuming menace and must be stopped. They wear bad clothes and shamelessly dance and grind. The trash-disco pop performances leave some injured and most hysterical. Since traveling the world with Amanda Palmer - The Simple Pleasure has gained an eclectic fan base to say the least.

Opal Onyx

Opal Onyx is Sarah Nowicki (vocals, guitar, mpc) and Matthew Robinson (cello, synth, and lap steel)

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"Indeed, Opal Onyx is 'inspired by alternate atmospheres, physical lighting, and very significantly the emotions felt while being enveloped by the place.' But, even against this lack of physicality, and perhaps reality, we can still identify ourselves traveling the non-existent sensual world right aside Opal Onyx." - Jason Yellen

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Sunday, February 17 · 8:00 PM at The Acheron