The Feeds, London Dungeon
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Benji Hughes spends much of his time masterminding his blend of inventive rock and ballads. At times earnest, at others whimsical, Benji is equally adept at keyboards and guitar. He loves beer but he loves women even more. Underneath his thick mane of strawberry blond hair and beard is a versatile singer/songwriter, full of heart. His music collection -- spanning everything from The Crystals, Merle Haggard, and Kinky Friedman to Talking Heads, The Cars, and Slayer -- is as wild as his gracious exterior.
Benji's double-disc debut album, A Love Extreme, was released by New West Records on July 22nd. Producer and L.A- bred session musician Keefus Ciancia (T-Bone Burnett, Sheryl Crow, Everlast) assisted Hughes in making his 25-song debut album in his Los Feliz, CA studio. A Love Extreme flows like your favorite mixtape but with the classicality of Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. Benji has toured America and beyond with Rilo Kiley and Jenny Lewis since the album's debut, received a 4-star review in Rolling Stone, and has had several of his songs featured in popular televisions shows, including Beverly Hills, 90210 & How I Met Your Mother.
Let’s hear it for catchy love songs kicked in the butt by loud amps. Enter: The Feeds.
The Feeds are a North Carolina trio delivering terrific melodies and chunky riffs that tip their collective hat to the full lineage of power-pop, from the Raspberries to Cheap Trick to Bob Mould’s Sugar.
Will Marley plays guitar and sings, Greg Clayton plays drums and Paul Walz plays bass.
Marley and Clayton previously played in Lustre, which was fortunate enough to release a woefully underappreciated album on A&M Records (well, at least Playboy magazine got it…) before succumbing to the great music industry implosion at the end of the last century. For The Feeds, the duo has hooked up with bassist Walz, and pick up directly where Lustre left off, dialing back the distortion a tad but still piling on the hum-inducing hooks and muscular Marshall tones that made them such a winner in the first place.
The Feeds have recorded some killer tracks and are playing live shows. Listen to/See them as soon as possible. Trust me on this.
London Dungeon may be a cover band, but to see them you would hardly know it. Drawing upon artists such as Syd Barrett, Bowie, Humble Pie, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Gun Club, and more for material, London Dungeon chooses the more obscure material and stamps it all with thier own oddly intense flavoring; you'll not be hearing note-for-note copying of records. They OWN these songs and it is powerful.
London Dungeon is:
John Ensslin (Marat, What Peggy Wants, The Breaks) vocals
Andy Ware (Hobex and more) bass
Scott Carle (Dillon Fence, Bad Checks, and more) drums
Sam Clowney (Parklife, The Veldt, and more) guitar and steel
Terry McInturff (Safehouse, DeMilo With Arms) guitar