Don't Mind Dying
Devices for Survival, Mercury Trio
1013 Park Ave.
Columbia, MO, 65201
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
Don't Mind Dying
"Genre tags are played out, but if you had to slap a label on Don't Mind Dying, neo-classic rock would be apt. The Columbia band bears resemblance to everyone from The Black Crowes to Black Sabbath yet plays with an uncaged urgency that puts it squarely in the moment." - Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Tribune (Mar 06, 2014)
"A rare gem found in a field full of fluff. Don't Mind Dying has the musicianship, the vocals, the just plain raw talent and energy that's been missing from almost everything else you've heard in the commercial market in the last decade. If you're a fan of soulful, guitar-driven rock with a bluesy and ballsy edge, you need this album!" - iTunes review (Feb 15, 2014)
By reading just these couple of reviews of Don't Mind Dying's self titled EP from earlier this year it's easy to say that the Columbia MO band has come a long way since it's formation in 2008 by bassist Graham Greer and vocalist Brian BC Craig. During the first four years of their existence Craig and Greer, along with guitarist Kurt Otto and drummer Jeremy McCalister (later to be replaced by Jason Stegall), formed what would be the back bone of DMD's sound by hashing out a heavy and dark blues foundation based mainly around somewhat unpredictable cover tunes that ranged from Muddy Waters to the Beatles and everything in between. In 2012, shortly after the addition of keyboardist Rudy Brynac, DMD parted ways with Otto and Stegall and brought on board drummer Brian Kent and guitarist Jason Caton. It was at this time that the real magic started brewing! With the new members firmly in place the band adopted a truly powerhouse sound and started filling up local venues like The Bridge, Mojo's, and Roxy's on a weekly basis and soon had built themselves up as one of the biggest drawing bands in the area. At the end of the summer of 2012, after the release of the their first official recording and a string of successful local shows, they were asked to perform at Columbia's famous Root's N Blues N BBQ festival and shared the bill with the likes of Al Green, John Mayall, Marty Stewart, and Esperanza Spalding. It was at this time that the real sound of Don't Mind Dying started to emerge in the way of a string of hard driving original songs which would lead to the recording of their newest album, the before mentioned "Don't Mind Dying EP". Shortly after, Brynac departed the band and was replaced by Travis MacFarlane on keys which rounded out the current line up. Caton, Craig, Greer, Kent, and MacFarlane continue to blaze the trail of their local legacy by continuing to pack their live shows and currently working on new songs for a soon to be recorded full length LP which should be available sometime in early 2015.
Don't Mind Dying EP available on Home Tone Records.
Devices for Survival
Devices For Survival is a three piece post-rock instrumental group from Columbia Missouri.
Wall of sound.
Mercury Trio carries on. In the wake of a loss like we've never known, John and Byron felt we still wanted to continue this music and these gigs.
The Trio has morphed into yet another version since its original inception with drummer Kyle Steinmetz. What started as a pure improv band that encompassed every musical genre, became a more blues-rock focused group when John Lazar took the drum throne. With the addition of Graham Greer on bass, the Trio now stands as a funkier, more song oriented band. Yet change is inevitable.
Mercury Trio is a live band that is meant to be seen live. Every show is different, every performance of every song is different, every set list is different, and always will be. Thanks to everyone who shares the moment with us.
Imre 'Tad' Komaromi's original bio for Mercury Trio:
Mercury Trio is an exercise in the possibilities of "spontaneous creation". What happens when musicians get together with no real preconceived idea about what will happen? Can anything happen? Will it be worthwhile, valid - any good? What can be done with creation when your only boundaries are set by your mind and the idea that you don't think about the moment until it happens.
This is what Mercury Trio wants to explore; good, bad or worse. Byron, John and Tad have 30+, combined, years of making music. Each has worked in, or led, their own bands - oft times working in some combination with each other. Now, they find an opportunity to work with each other, as just a trio.
Working as just a three-piece, they work at finding what can be done when musicians, who understand their instruments, get together and let go of convention. Every night and every show will be a different experience - for both the audience and the guys on stage.
Ugly, beautiful, haunting, driving or grooving. The only thing to definitely expect is the unexpected. ..
MINORS: Please be prepared to pay a $2 surcharge at the door in addition to the purchase price of the ticket.
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