Moving to The Music City: On The Subject of Nashville
Free Throw's music caught my ear as soon as I moved to town. I think I heard the guys from Prawn mention their name at a show and I went home and looked them up. Their music took me back to the emo stuff I grew up on so I immediately became a huge fan. Later, our bands ended up playing some shows together and have become really good friends. Those dudes are good as gold.
The first time we played at Exponent Manor(RIP), it was with Microwave and we hit it off super well. We have played together a few more times since and have become really good friends as well. Nathan took us on an escapade through Atlanta the last time we stopped through Atlanta on tour. It's rad to see how much they are blowing up now, and i'm sure they are killing it on tour with The Wonder Years right now.
The Heyrocco boys are forever rad. Unfortunately, they moved out of Nashville like two weeks after we got here but luckily we see them all the time. We love playing shows with those guys. They’re working on a new record right now that sounds amazing. I can't wait for everyone to hear it.
The Jenna's and Emily from Daddy Issues were a few of the first people I met when i moved into the coyote ranch. We also played our first local show with them. They are also good friends with the Heyrocco boys so every time they come in town it’s always a good rowdy time. Every time I run into Jenna Moni out I know it’s going to be a good party.
Secret Stuff is a great band and Michael Pfol did a lot for us when we first came to town. He put us on some rad shows and he's the reason we played with and met microwave so cheers to him. I'm stoked for them signing to Spartan and to see how much they are touring. I'm sure they have big stuff in store for them.
The Weeks are some of our oldest friends and they put us on our first tour ever so we are forever grateful. Seeing them move to Nashville and really make a name for themselves really inspired me to move here. I'm a southern boy at heart so I really didn’t want to move to New York or LA, but Nashville made sense. We live in the same neighborhood as some of them now so it’s cool to live in the same city and chill. I can't wait for their new record to drop. It is definitely going to make some heads nod.
When I moved to Nashville, one thing I really wanted to do was make sure I get good bands to travel back through Mississippi and help the scene. Chrome Pony was one of the first bands I got to do that with. They've become one of my favorite Nashville bands and it’s cool to see how much they are blowing up.
One of the coolest things about living in Nashville is how you can casually bump into really incredible bands. I was walking down the street with my roommate at the time and this guy walked up and I recognized him for being in Diarrhea Planet. He ended up going with us to Gold Rush to eat a bean roll and he mentioned that he was in a band called "Modern Baseball," and they were playing at The End. I went home and checked them out and now they are one of my favorite bands.
Unfortunately we have not met Thundercat, but our bass player has really gotten into him and has gotten the rest of the band into his stuff. I feel like listening to stuff like his is really broadening our horizons and making us want to do something that hasn't been done before.
For now, take a listen to a track from their new album A Place to Sleep Among the Creeps. Motown is an excellent introduction to what these's guys are offering to the alternative soundscape. Just as their playlist is full of nostalgia rock, this charismatic song both stimulates and ruminates with winding guitars full of intrigue and soul. In their latest record, Light Beam Rider somehow capture the epitome of familiar alternative rock, yet retain a level of ineffability that feels fresh and forward. Watch out for this Mississippi/ Nashville group, they're bound to be a mainstay in the scene.