Junior Astronomers

Junior Astronomers

Continually on the move since forming in 2007, with only two EPs to their name, Junior Astronomers have toured and shared stages with the likes of Harvard, The Weeks, Dignan, Color Revolt, Des Ark, and Polvo. Poised to not take a break in the near future the North Carolina natives bring with them a promise, there is an elemental energy that lies in-between art and craft.

Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has
often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of
fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make
Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to
straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi
recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the
backbone back into rock and roll.
The band initially formed in the Spring of 2009 with drummer Casey, and two guitarists
Jordan Smith and Evan P. Donohue. That fall the band decided to flesh out their sound
with bass and a third guitar, adding Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. They self-released the
five song EP, Aloha, in November. The album sounded like a mix between an
uncontrollable college party and a gut-wrenching Tae Bo workout. With the Mediafire
link popping up on a variety of blogs, Aloha became a sleeper online sensation.
Perhaps due to the unusual band name, the EP garnered around 1,500 downloads in its
first week online. By the time the band took down the Mediafire link early the next year,
The EP had collected over 10,000 downloads.
In the summer of 2010, Evan P. Donohue decided to focus on his own music and left
Diarrhea Planet. The band quickly adopted shredders Evan Bird and Emmett Miller,
generating Diarrhea Planet's most empowering line-up. The band shifted some of their
focus from delinquent party rock to slightly more sophisticated songwriting and guitar
theatrics that will make every living guitar hero cry out of joy and/or despair. After this
change-up, the band played an exhausting amount of local shows. They have opened
for acts such as Wavves, Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood, Andrew Jackson Jihad,
Defiance OH, Jacuzzi Boys, The Spits, and The Coathangers. They have also played a
variety of basements, warehouses, frat bars, and dorm rooms. The overwhelming
volume and sheer brutality of their live onslaught satiates those who crave power and
thunder, while the meek grovel on the beer-soaked floor. The wall of heavy riffage and
intricate shredding infuses audiences with enough electrical energy to stave off sleep for
the rest of the weekend. Despite their leanings towards punk and heavy metal, Diarrhea
Planet swears by the Bible of pop. With a distinct emphasis on vocal hooks and
harmonies, their shows often morph into massive, drunken sing-alongs.

Little Bull Lee

Little Bull Lee have traveled a long and weary path, beginning with its lone creator, Donald Doolittle in 2008. Prematurely interrupted by a 6 month hike on the Appalachian Trail, a wayward Doolittle resurfaced his project in 2010 with Blake Raynor on bass, Noah Warner on guitar and David Ulloa on drums, giving birth to a whole new monster. Loud, slow and sludgy, Little Bull Lee was the aggressive onslaught of Doolittle’s experiences both on and off the trail. However, it wasn’t long before LBL’s leader found himself at the mercy of his personal anguish yet again. In a second dramatic attempt to face and conquer his afflictions, Doolittle cycled from the east to west coast with his brother in 2011. Upon his return, the project took on an entirely new façade. Under the same name, and in Warner’s absence, Raynor, Ulloa and Doolittle gave new meaning to Little Bull Lee. Louder, darker, groovier and wet with psychedlia, they added Austin Nevels on guitar in late 2012 and finally gained the momentum to propel them full speed ahead.

As Doolittle’s experiment initially served as his aural confrontation with a number of personal demons, the band’s reformation prevails as a triumph against the darkness with which he struggled. Blunt, raw passion overflows when this brutal four piece takes the stage. Each performance is a chaotic journey from beginning to end. Little Bull Lee’s intensity dominates their surroundings and captivates their audience with bewitching force. Waves of distortion crash at their feet as the walls around them fall victim to their massive, unrelenting sound.

With a strong sense of dedication and determination, Little Bull Lee are moving forward with incredible momentum. Undone Sun, a demo recorded by Charlotte’s legendary Jesse Classen, is currently LBL’s only available recording. While the band and their fans eagerly await the release of their first full-length album, The End, planned for spring 2013, the guys are wasting no time getting back into the studio. Having recently been recruited to join Shoplifter Booking’s roster, the guys have a number of tour dates in the works and are eager to get on the road. In the meantime, whiskey is sipped and smoke exhaled as this rugged victor leads his pack steady into the night.

Old Soles

Jason and Andy and Garrett (also of Richard Parker) were in The Lo and Beholds. Then they played with Matt Brandon (Oddczar, Richard Parker). And Jacob (Grayson, Sometimes Ryan & Even Jacob). Some other local guitar players have filled in too (thanks to them). We all came together and made this music.



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