Half Strangers

We are Bradley, Michael, Devon and Clifton. We live in Charleston, South Carolina - a gorgeous place to live as well as to visit. Though be careful or you could fall hard; then suddenly, like us, you find yourself calling the city your home. All four of us are from somewhere else, unique backgrounds reaching as far as the inescapable heat of Texas and grounded in the antebellum beauty of rural South Carolina. Just as our individual paths drifted toward collision, our music sprawls and drawls and eventually meets somewhere in the middle of Memphis soul and deep south stomp, between tortured cowboy chords and the lush harmonies of the California coast. We are new, but through our music we have stories to share. We are Half Strangers.

The Hot Gates

Jason Scavone's voice is soaked with excitement and anticipation. His hurried tone sounds as though he's talking to me while on the phone in the middle of an afternoon jog. He's a bit more chatty than he was the first time we talked in 2007 about his Charlotte band The Noises 10. It could be his nerves, after all. Scavone's girlfriend is due to go into labor at any time and while this conversation is more focused on giving birth to a debut album with his rock band The Hot Gates, his mind is probably on his first foray into fatherhood. But there's also a sense of relief that comes across -- relief that both events have finally reached the due date.

It was nearly four years ago that pop-rock outfit The Noises 10 had been signed to Jive Records on a development deal that quickly fell apart. They then got picked up by Roadrunner Records, but that too disintegrated before an album came to fruition. Months spent holding label showcases and traveling around the country for recording sessions and meetings were taking their toll.

"I just felt like everyone was spent and we didn't have the same drive and motivation," Scavone says. "They're all my really good buddies, and I didn't want us to not like each other because of it. I think we naively set our expectations really high. Looking back, we would have been better off signing with a smaller label and building it in a smaller way. Now, I want to go back to what I was doing before — writing music because I enjoy doing it."

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Half Strangers, The Hot Gates

Friday, November 15 · Doors 10:00 PM / Show 10:30 PM at The Evening Muse