A Free Evening of Progressive Rock featuring: A City Apart (CD Release Party!!)
The Artificial Hearts, The Past Six Years
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
A City Apart
For fans of: Saosin, Brand New. Anberlin
Chris Kmak, hails from Raleigh, NC and founded A City Apart as a solo act in 2010. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and writes music and lyrics that weaves his universal story lines into the fabric of his melodies. In 2011, Chris met Will Garlick of South Salem Entertainment, gave him a demo and everything started to move forward really quick.
It was obvious to everyone that Chris’s music needed to be played live with a full band to rock it to its supreme potential. Chris met drummer, Mike Myers, out of Texas. They began reworking some of Chris songs as well as co-writing new material. Mike’s percussion background brought an edge to the songs separating their music from one specific genre. Jay Sherman, a guitarist and Detroit native, joined the band in July of 2012. Then came Mitch McCall, a bassist from Fayetteville, NC who filled out the line up. The sound that emerged was powerful. They as well added their own textures and nuances Chris’s songs such as “One Stop To Make” and others. The sound that emerged was a unique blend of alternative, emo and post-prog that can bring down the house one minute and drive a nail through your heart and soul the next.
A City Apart, based in Raleigh, is a cutting-edge force in the local music scene and has performed numerous stages such as The Lincoln Theater and The Koka Booth Amphitheater sharing the stages with not only other Raleigh local musicians, but national and international acts as well. In January 2013 the guys headed to Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, OH to cut their debut album ‘On Empty Rooftops’, with multi-platinum producer Jim Wirt who has produced Incubus, No Doubt and many more. Look for more tour dates as they just returned and catch A City Apart in Raleigh while you still can see them up close and personal.
The Artificial Hearts
For fans of: Weezer, Cheap Trick, The Pixies
The Artificial Hearts are a power-pop/rock outfit originally hailing from Rockford, Illinois. The band was formed by brothers Will and John Tallman in 2009, which was soon followed by the release of their debut 'Are You Artificial?', a self-recorded effort that is both musically powerful and sonically flawed. Drawing on influences from heroes Cheap Trick, Weezer, and The Pixies, the 'Are You Artificial?' EP is a turbulent mix of pop and rock with distinct, signature vocal harmonies, influenced by bands like Badfinger and the Beach Boys. The Hearts' sound is rounded out by drummer Dave Bunn and bassist Seth Smith, adding a heavy-hitting rhythm core to the group. With all members being veterans of the music business, they have collectively opened for such acts as Less Than Jake, Yellowcard, the Plain White T's, the Used, Reel Big Fish, and many more. They have all toured extensively, playing to audiences ranging from 1 person to 1,000. But at the end of the day, talk is just words without music. The Artificial Hearts prefer music, and look forward to singing with you soon.
The Past Six Years
For fans of: Mayday Parade, Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday
The Past Six Years formed in the summer of 2012 when guitarist/vocalist Blake Matthews decided he was ready to get the ball rolling again on a new band. Coming traditionally from a more mainstream hard rock background, Blake felt it was time to try something new. He wanted to form a band that combines rock, pop punk, alternative and emo to create a new sound that was compatible with many different people. He quickly recruited his former bandmates Kyle Daubenspeck (bass), Travis Houle (drums), and old acquaintance Will Garlick to play rhythm guitar.
Over the next year, the band honed their set and played several shows including the 7000 capacity Koka Booth Amphitheater, Motorco, Deep South and The Southland Ballroom. In the spring of 2013 the band began working on their debut EP “Songs Of Love & Heartache”, a concept EP following a relationship from it’s beginning stages through it’s ending stages. With their EP finished, the band is now focused on sharing it’s passion and music with as many people as possible.