Archie Powell & The Exports
Rodeo Ruby Love, Baby Lungs
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Archie Powell & The Exports
Has bemused cynicism and ennui ever been so fun? Archie Powell & the Exports have made a career of grafting prismatic power pop and sardonic, dark looks at the world outside into guileless songs with hooks galore. Archie Powell makes it look simple; he is incapable of writing an un-danceable tune, whether he turns a jaundiced eye on the culture of self-medication orwhipping up a 3 minute heist story. Great Ideas in Action is the band's third release of deceptively sophisticated songs. Blink and its killer catchy rock, blink twice and its social commentary that is sad, biting, funny but ultimately incredibly honest. Powell's writing could easily come from someone twice his age but it never feels studied – his humanity just shines through and demolishes any doubts about where he stands.
It's not hard to find stories in the news about the thousands of debt-ridden young people who are getting out of college and finding that there is nothing out there for them. While Archie claims he was an art student and knew what he was getting into, he's written a pretty great protest song for his peers in "Job Fair", singing "Hey baby, please can you cut some slack? You know I'll settle up tomorrow if you got my back, I've been running out of luck cuz it's about who you know, and all my resumes are fake and I don't know where to go." Some of the subjects of Powell's songs are swimming in elicit pills – he gives bald depictions but from an obviously empathetic viewpoint.
Rodeo Ruby Love
Rodeo Ruby Love is a pop band from Indiana made up of seven friends who strive to create fun and catchy songs that will get stuck in your head and make you sing out loud. Known for their energetic live performances, the band gets its sound by mixing their hardcore and punk roots with eclectic 60’s and contemporary indie pop.
It is hard to say when Baby Lungs was first born, but it was likely conceived in 2007 when Coleman and Joseph met in their freshman year music appreciation class. Coleman and Joseph played in guitar in various terrible incarnations of the band that would eventually become Baby Lungs. And after seeing Drew Manning playing around Cincinnati in several different acts, he was inducted into the band to play guitar, bass and keyboards. After some more line-up tweaking, the band was christened Baby Lungs, and guitarist Joseph became the drummer. Then Baby Lungs went into a cocoon phase. For months, the skies of Northside reverberated with echoes of Baby Lung's cultivating it's hallmark massive sound. It was later discovered only Joseph's sister Kateri possessed a powerful enough voice to rise above Baby Lung's wall of sound. With Kateri on the vocals, Ben was added to bass.
Baby Lungs has recently finished recording it's long-awaited first EP, "IV", a four song, twenty minute odyssey through through your own mind. It is available for free download on Reverbnation. The band is currently in the middle of a long string of shows, but after, they will be returning to writing.