Dead Confederate, Roadkill Ghost Choir

Dead Confederate

For the uninitiated, Dead Confederate is a five-piece rock band from Athens, GA whose
music runs the gamut of infectious psychedelia to a uniquely southern and ferocious
dirge. Although, placing labels on a band like this is rather pointless as their sound
seems a constant and fluid evolution; they never seem content with abiding by the
guides of one sub-genre, so maybe it's best we just leave it at "rock" for simplicity's
sake. Dead Confederate, in name and sound, formed in 2006 in Atlanta, GA before
moving to Athens shortly thereafter. In these six years, the band has become one of the
most revered live acts in the nation by fans and peers alike. Touring relentlessly in the
US and overseas, they've been handpicked to join a number of their musical heroes on
the road (REM, Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets... to name a few) and play some rather highprofile gigs (Bonnaroo to Bumbershoot, SXSW and CMJ, Late Night with Conan
O'Brien... also to name a few). Dead Confederate has released two full-length records
to-date, 2008's "Wrecking Ball" and 2010's "Sugar", as well as two EP's, a live album,
and an eighteen-song compilation of home recordings. Their third full-length, "In The
Marrow", will be making it's long-anticipated appearance on April 16, 2013 via
Spiderbomb Records/ Redeye.

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir is an indie folk-rock band from DeLand, Florida.
Brothers Andrew (vocals, guitar), Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard make up half the band while Kiffy Meyers (pedal steel, banjo, guitar), Joey Davoli (keys, trumpet) and Stephen Garza (lead guitar) complete the band’s sound. It wasn’t until Andrew was offered his first solo gig in 2010 that he decided to form a band to fill out the songs he recently started writing for a live setting. After the band went through several name changes in the early stages of its creation, Roadkill Ghost Choir was formed.

While the member’s major influences include Wilco, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac, there are also undercurrents of Radiohead and Nirvana, lending the band an impish edge with broad appeal.

In 2012 Roadkill Ghost Choir finished recording their debut E.P. , Quiet Light, with producer Dave Plakon and engineer Mark Mason at North Avenue Studio. It was mastered in Omaha, Nebraska by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, She and Him).

Loud Valley

"I know it's weird, but I figured it would be fun," says Loud Valley front man "I love Athens. We have lots of good relationships here, and it's a beautiful city."

Loud Valley

In fact, after supporting Futurebirds on a Florida tour, Loud Valley recorded six songs off its debut self-titled release here in Athens with Futurebird Thomas Johnson and local musician Eddie Wheeler.

But despite all the Georgia love, Reed says he wanted a record that "sounded like Florida."

"We were going for a really dreamy folk thing, something that sounded hot," he says. And they pretty much nailed it. You know how your mind gets kind of soggy on those oppressively humid days? Loud Valley captures that hazy, lumbering feeling plus the sweet relief of an occasional ocean breeze which wafts in the form of delicate, four-part harmonies.

"That's what I wanted to shoot for from the get-go having harmonies consistently throughout the songs and learning to do those dynamically well. Every time you hear a good harmony, it makes the hair on the back of your neck raise."

Reed says that for this group—which features Artie Burer (bass and vocals), Michael Serrin (drums and vocals), Joey Davoli (trumpet, vocals) and Melanie Valentich (trumpet)—the harmonies came easily from the start, but those arrangements are something they have really focused on hashing out since their last Athens show. And yes, you did see two trumpet players listed. That is another signature element of Loud Valley's sound.

"I've always had an affinity for trumpets," says Reed. "I just love the sound of it, and I like to use instrumentation symbolically—certain instruments trigger certain emotions…"

--Flagpole Magazine

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