Welcome to Scene SC’s Next Big Thing contest.
Listen to these bands from around the Southeast and vote for your favorite. Fans are able to vote once a day, so come back early and often. Winners will receive prizes including free T-Shirts from Image Ink, Promo Shots from Pat Wright Photography, Promotion packages and a spot on the next Scene SC Showcase.
REMEMBER, top 5 advance and then the Scene SC staff chooses the winner.
Band- Archer vs. Gunman
Bio-Archer vs. Gunman is the newest and most acclaimed band to break out of the Upstate Music Scene. Since forming in November of last year, the power-trio of Shaun Williams (vocals/guitar), Rob Sweet (bass/vocals), and Andrew Parker (percussion/vocals) are quickly becoming one of the best live bands in the Southeast with a sound that is bringing them comparisons to Arcade Fire, The Hold Steady, Bruce Springsteen, Silkworm, and even Iron and Wine and Patty Smith. In the short time the band has been together they’ve been invited to play Greenville’s DOWNTOWN ALIVE, Spartanburg’s JAM IN THE PARK, and The Music Camp’s GREEN EARTH PARTY, been interviewed on Clemson’s WSBF and the Upstate’s WTPT, been featured in Charlotte’s SHUFFLE MAGAZINE, Columbia’s EXAMINER, Asheville’s MOUNTAIN XPRESS, and the Upstate’s LINK, METROMIX, INDUSTRY/MEGA-SCENE, SPARTANBURG HERALD JOURNAL, and SPARTANBURG SPARK
Bio-Tyler Boone is a singer/songwriter from Charleston, SC and is really starting to make a name for himself. After just releasing his first two records, “Connections,” his acoustic album and “Stuck Between,” his full band album, Tyler is really starting to get the ball rolling on his music career . While studying both music and mass communications at USC in Columbia, Tyler still keeps his music as one of his first priorities and is still focused on making music a catalyst of his future and career.
While also playing with many of the local acts in South Carolina, such as Meet the Sky, David Reed, Nick Bays, Haley Dries, etc… or big nationwide acts such as The Reign of Kindo, Tyler is really pushing himself to be one of the top singer/songwriters in the south carolina music scene.
Both cd’s were released on Tyler’s bandcamp, “tylerboone.bandcamp.com,”and soon to be on itunes in the near future. Be on the lookout for that and make sure to make either a full band show or some acoustic shows around the columbia and charleston area.
Band- Paul Brazell
Bio-Paul Brazell is an honest musician, taking influences for songwriting from his life experiences, and every song has a specific meaning to him. Paul is accompanied live by Chris Duane on drums and Dom Turnipseed on bass guitar, and the occasional others including Emily McCollum. Paul is in the process of recording his debut full band cd which will be released in the fall, and is working on a tour this fall with CherryCase.
Band-A Brighter Life
Bio-A Brighter Life is a brand new band from Columbia, SC. Formed from members of previous bands such as: The Decade, Hey Apollo! and Corporate Casual, A Brighter Life is the new face of pop-punk in Columbia. Members include: Jordan Kirk – Vocals, Byron Dooley – Guitar, Alex Koss – Guitar, Chris Cousins – Bass and Chris Seiferlein – Drums
Band- The Chase
Bio-Formed out of the roots of big Rock shows like, Pearl Jam and The Black Crowes, and home grown influences such as, Hootie and the Blowfish and Jump Little Children, The Chase brings a unique presence to the stage. Formally known as Roadside Theory, these guys show a more mature and polished style when the lights go down and the volume goes up. Throughout their couple of years as a band they have played with big acts including: Ryan Cabrera, Hawthorne Heights, Atlantic Recording Artists, NEEDTOBREATHE; OMG Recording Artists, Chasen; Upstate Sensation, Christopher Branch; and many more. Not only did these guys preform with big name acts, they also played at many pronounced establishments, including Greenville’s Legendary Handlebar three times. The word got out fast about these guys with much help from MANY articles in both the Seneca Journal and The Anderson Independent, not the mention their interview on the mainstream radio B93.7. Look for these guys at a show near you… because they are definitely coming.
Bio-We’re a band from Columbia, SC that started out as a small acoustic side project but has grown into something much more. We’ve only been a full band for about a year now but we’re excited to say the 2nd EP, this time acoustic, will be out very shortly after our brief tour through North Carolina and Tennesee. We’re VERY excited about what we are and the music we play!
Bio-Summer camp is good for a few things like not having to work, starting and ending a summer romance, and/or finding 3 guys to start a band with. In the summer of 2008 all of those things happened. Matthew had been using the Commerce name to record songs for a couple of years with an unstable lineup of 12 different members, but everything changed after that eventful summer at camp. These four new friends started playing music together and recorded their ep, What Happens Now, for a California girl that Matthew had never met.
After gaining some national attention For What Happens Now from the likes of Alternative Press, Blurt, and Absolutepunk, Commerce went back into the studio and their homes to record their first full-length record together as a band. More determined than ever before, they worked through over 40 plus songs. The end result is what will be a two-sided, 14 track album, titled The Things I Say vs. The Things I Mean, set for release in early fall 2010. Filled with dynamics, counter melodies, and layers of lush instrumentation, Commerce continues to creates sounds that will get past the regret, get over the distance, and get everyone on with their lives.
Bio-The band was formed in the summer of ’10. The guys started writing music together, and the rest was history. The guys settled on the name “DANCE COMMANDER” because of our fun energetic movement of creating original pop-music that you can enjoy in your car and on the dance floor!
The guys recorded their first demo with local producer Drew Leclair, Members of Dance Commander have also played along side of top artists such as Anberlin, Cartel, Between the Trees, There For Tomorrow, Saosin, Versa Emerge, Rookie of the Year, The Bigger Lights, and Sick Puppies.
Dance Commander is climbing to the top of the Columbia music scene in 2010 with their pop-rock meets dance-pop approach. The guys are currently working on their first EP and is expected to debut late 2010. With standout tracks like “The Dance Floor” and “Before The Summer Ends”, don’t be surprised if you find Dance Commander at the top of the charts very soon.
Bio- DayClean combines elements of soul, folk, and hip-hop to create a unique and thoughtful sound. The music of DayClean explores the themes of struggle, spirituality, and acceptance. DayClean is the Gullah word for morning, “…that brief instant of time when the night clouds are being cleared away and the first rays of light are streaking across the sky. Dayclean, we call this, when the day is new and the world is made fresh again.” (Christena Bledsoe). Marcus Thomas plays guitar and provides vocals, Idris Chandler plays cello and backing vocals. Their self titled, debut album is available on iTunes and other online retailers.
Band-Death of Paris
Bio-Conceived in July 2009 after This Machine is Me dissolved, principal members Jayna Doyle and Blake Arambula began writing for a new project, with an aim for a more mature and genuine sound. After months of writing, they booked time at Killingsworth Recording Company in Los Angeles, CA with David Baker at the production helm. 10 songs and countless studio hours later, they are set to release the album in October 2010, and are preparing for their full band hometown premiere August 20th at New Brookland Tavern.
Band-The Dirty White
Bio-Florence, SC is the kind of deep-south town that’s better known for high school football and deer hunting than for rock bands. For The Dirty White, the isolation of their hometown and independence from a bigger scene has only served as inspiration for their unique sound. And while their abrasive edge sets them apart from other regional acts, they aren’t content to simply agitate the neighbors with loud guitars and attitude — the band takes a refreshingly refined approach to songwriting.
Vocalist/bassist Bill Grant’s bass riffs bring to mind D.C. post-punk with an underlying dance rhythm. Guitarist Josh McDowell fleshes things out with Sonic Youth-inspired alternate tunings, weird chords, and noise freakouts. Drummer Matthew Tarlton drives the sound with frantic, pummeling beats. Vocals are intense, coming in short bursts, but melodic. In fact, many of the band’s songs are built around a vocal melody, inspiration likely carried over from Bill and Josh’s former power-pop band Velvateen.
The band’s new album Vs. Evil Circles is eight songs of intelligent, aggressive rock ‘n’ roll. “Mighty Prehistoric” leads off the album with snarling guitar feedback before tearing into the opening riffs. In the song’s bridge, Bill sings “You say that you’re native to the human game / We’ll build traps, draw maps, & hunt the barren plain.” Such themes appear throughout the album, like in “There Were Helicopters” with its imagery of thundering herds and helicopters overhead. In “We Don’t Hunt,” Josh sings “Maybe baby, you have the disease / Old knees scraping out your pistol grease.” The album is as inspired by the volatile relationship of man with nature as it is a reaction to it.
Vs. Evil Circles was recorded at 6 + 1 Studios in Florence, SC with sound engineer Kevin Smith and was released on January 7, 2010. Digital downloads are available for purchase from iTunes, eMusic, andBandCamp. CDs are available from Viper Bite Records.
Band-Forces of a Street
Bio-Forces of a Street began as a Solo project of New Jersey/Philadelphia guitarist Justin Schmidt. Justin played with several groups in Philadelphia before relocating to South Carolina and finding the talents of Nick Fogle (Bass/Synth), Dade Driggers (Guitar) and Clay Fulmer (Drums). Based in Columbia, Forces of a Street is preparing show dates and new recordings to disseminate to the public.
Bio-Pan is an upbeat LOUD indie rock band. They would be mostly instrumental, but they throw in a little bit of vocals every now and then to mix it up a little. The use of three guitarists allows for some very exciting and technical parts. Their drummer is still in high school, but don’t let his age fool you, he’s pretty solid. Pan has played many shows in columbia as well as greenville and greenwood. They played festivals, house shows, and regular venues. The good thing is they play any show given to them and they always bring in a good crowd. Give them a listen because they claim their music is uplifting and sure to make you happy, or even dance.
Bio-Polar War is an alternative rock band from Rock Hill, SC that combines a love for loud, in your face music with singable melodies to create unique and memorable songs. We’re a 4-piece band that consists of Will Thompson (vocals/organ), Nog (bass/vocals), Andy Shaffer (guitar), and Dave Rich (drums). We just finished recording a 10 song CD at Nada Recording in New York, and we’re playing a CD release show at the Money in Rock Hill on August 26.
Bio-Postcard Fiction is a four piece rock/pop rock band based out of Columbia, SC. The project originated with singer/songwriter Jeremy Sakovich and the band played their first show in November of 2009. With influences including Tom Petty, Radiohead, Muse, Deathcab For Cutie, U2 and a lot of 90’s Alternative Rock, the band has since been referenced to the likes of Tonic, Foo Fighters, MuteMath and Jacob Dylan. They released their first EP “The Dreamers” in March 2010.
Bio-After just three months of songwriting, tattermask hit the Charlotte music scene in February 2008. Impressing the likes of Mike Genett of Zen Wang Bingo Records, tattermask enlisted Mike’s help in recording their debut EP, “Looks Can Be Deceiving,” released on Halloween 2008. The album was well-received by fans and the media, getting airplay on Charlotte’s 106.5 The End and Greenville’s 93.3 The Planet, as well as several college and online radio stations. The group’s diverse influences range from Metallica to Phil Collins to Mozart and everything in between. Tattermask has delighted crowds in many venues across the Carolinas. The band’s plans for the immediate future include recording a full-length, major-label-quality album in August 2010 and touring the southeastern U.S.
tat * ter * mask. n. the face we put forward to the world when we are crying inside, so that the aspersions cast by others on the outside will be deflected and won’t wound the vulnerable soul within. Only a select few will see the true person behind the battle-wounded, tattered masks we wear.
Band-Ten Toes Up
Bio-In 2009 the local entertainment magazine, The Surge, voted Ten Toes Up the best original band in Myrtle Beach.** Early in 2010 we’re excited to be recording our third record with SC legend Danielle Howle producing. We also just signed a merchandising deal with a local chain of stores to carry our new line of “Carolina Mess” goods based on one of our songs. 2009 saw Ten Toes Up sharing stages with a diverse array of national performers including JJ Grey & Mofro, the North Mississippi Allstars, Randall Bramblett, Webb Wilder, the BoDeans, Cowboy Mouth, John Anderson, and Twista. TTU has added clubs and festivals in Charlotte, Raleigh, Burlington, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greenville, and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, as well as Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Athens, GA, and more. Additionally, we were featured in the local favorite “Grand Strand Magazine.” Our albums have received air time in many different markets including some as far away as Hawaii. Our originals try to tell a story while still keeping people jumping. Our music is influenced by our heroes; The Allman Brothers, The Black Crowes, The Raconteurs, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, Phish, Ben Harper, and many more. It’s a privilege to do this kind of work and the response we’ve received from our first two albums is incredible.
Our current line up has been together for four years now. Our goal is to play music that we enjoy. Entertaining audiences is an unbelievable feeling, but if you don’t believe in what you’re doing, no one else will either. We started from scratch with extremely diverse backgrounds. From jazz, jam, Latin, and Pentecostal influences emerged a sound that has been described as a little southern rock, a little jam band, and a lot of heart and soul. Ten Toes Up plays a huge array of styles that both keeps the audience jumping and highlights the bands musical ability. People who come back to our shows again and again say they can tell we are having a good time. We have been described as a travelling circus and rock-show, and we try to live up to that description at every party, event, or venue that we are invited to play!
Band-These Dying Days
Bio-Change is a word often feared by bands on the brink of success, but South Carolina quartet These Dying Days have spent the past year embracing the concepts of alteration and progression. Parting ways with a vocalist and founding member shortly after the release of their debut full length, These Dying Days took time off to further their craft and have emerged from what some would consider “a disasterous scenario” with an enhanced vision and an unrelenting work ethic. Born out of the ashes of former hard-rock powerhouse If All Else Fails, These Dying Days fuses traditional metal and hardcore influences with experimental tinges and a progressive songwriting style. Their debut album, Night of Long Knives, was a diverse effort showcasing every color of their talent and delving into multiple styles of songwriting and musicianship. The groups forthecoming effort, tentatively titled The Nuclear Family, finds the band hitting their stride with a more focused sound that is both heavier and darker than any material they’ve previously released. New vocalist Dan Miller fits into the mold perfectly and sports a fierce growl to compliment the increased intensity provided for their latest release. Be on the lookout for The Nuclear Family, coming this winter.
Bio-It all started in October of 2005 when young 15 year old Keon Masters was chasing the heart of an older, more sophisticated woman and suddenly an obstacle, we’ll label as Ryan Patrick Zimmerman, temporarily changed the plans. The two duked it out and needless to say Masters won her heart. However, it started an inseparable relationship between Masters and Zimmerman. A year later or so Zimmerman tried out for a band known as Heartwood, which is how he came to meet a certain Christian Chidester. Chidester was a 19 year old guitar player from the west side of Charlotte, who grew up playing music every Sunday at his grandfathers church. After his acceptance into the group, the two young men discovered that they steamed from the same gene pool, they were in fact second cousins. This started a “best” friendship and the two became roommates sharing a basement in an attempt to further harness their skills as musicians together. Heartwood soon dissolved and turned into a project known as Jetadore in 2008. Jetadore was offered a tour slot with Sequoyah Prep School for the summer of 2008, but the group was in dire straits for a bass player. So Zimmerman dug deep into his musical past and recalled that Masters was capable of fulfilling the empty position. It was that summer when Masters, Zimmerman, and Chidester created a special bond between the three of them, and knew that something good must develop out of their friendship. When Masters left Jetadore to pursue a college education at the College of Charleston the band made a run for a few more months before disbanding. During the spring of 2009 a lot of talking was taking place between the three young gentlemen about forming a new band, however they were seeking a singer to turn their ideas into actuality. Masters eventually expressed his desire to front the band if his two companions would allow it. So at the start of the 2009 summer the three started to jam with Zimmerman playing drums, Chidester playing lead guitar, and Masters playing rhythm and singing. To much of their dismay, the combination worked quite well and the three have been writing, recording, and playing shows ever since.
We all grew up around Charlotte, NC or Fort Mill, SC and Lake Wylie is just south of those towns and was often a daytime destination during our summers. When we first started playing together Ryan’s mom was actually living in the town of Lake Wylie so we had been spending a lot of time there, and when we were trying to come up with a name we were having the most difficult time. When one of us suggested Wylie the rest of us were a bit skeptical, but once we discovered that wylie, by definition, means clever and crafty we thought it would suit us well. We take pride in our wit and thoughtfulness, so why not have a name that expresses it as well as our origins.