STATE CHAMPION (from Louisville/Southern Indiana, on Sophomore Lounge Records)
TURBO FRUITS (from Nashville, TN; ex-Be Your Own Pet, on Ecstatic Peace!/Fat Possum Records)
PUJOL (from Nashville, TN)
NATIVES (from Louisville, KY)
Thursday, November 11th
at The RUDYARD KIPLING, 422 W. Oak Street
$6, 9 PM, 21-and-over
Ryan from State Champion and Sophomore Lounge Records is putting together this great show for Veteran’s Day at the Rudyard Kipling, and you should be there. PUJOL were one of the highlights of last month’s CROPPED OUT FESTIVAL, for sure. As soon as we get more information on the other bands playing, we’ll update this post, so keep checking back. Thanks!
UPDATE, 11/5: Here’s some more information on all of the bands, including some mp3s!
STATE CHAMPION you should know, but just in case you don’t: STATE CHAMPION started in 2006 as a moniker for the early acoustic experiments of Ryan Davis. It has since evolved into a rock n’ roll band with a Chevy van and a vinyl record. Having created a sound that is a product of its upbringing, with Sweetheart of the Rodeo on the radio, Bleach idle in the tape deck, and a Smog song stuck in its head, Davis & Co. drive through forty minutes of sincerely howled, sloppily executed, stripped down garage-country on their full-length debut, Stale Champagne (released this year on Sophomore Lounge Records). “The band is an under-the-radar phenomenon in the making, the classic style of quality band that Louisville overlooks… The tone is just right for this type of subtle rock. A bit earnest, a bit funny, a bit smart.” – Joseph Lord, Velocity Weekly.
Listen to a track by STATE CHAMPION here: “The Years”
“TURBO FRUITS (ex-Be Your Own Pet, on Ecstatic Peace/Fat Possum) mine the punk rock spirit of the late ‘70s for their sound, a spastic mix of spunky MC5 giddy-up and glammy, feel-good guitar mayhem. Although the scenes they invoke were long dead before any of TURBO FRUITS were even born, their frantic interpretations are irrepressibly fun, like a T. Rex record skipping. It’s hard to fathom a band with so much dope-smoking innuendo in their lexicon being as busy as they are, much less as fierce and, hell, lively as they sound on their recordings.” – Nashville Scene
Listen to a track from TURBO FRUITS: “Mama’s Mad Cos I Fried My Brain”
“PUJOL (on Infinity Cat/Third Man, etc.), the punk-rock project of [Nashville] musician Daniel Pujol, has a gritty, garage-band sound, but with guitar riffs and catchy hooks that are hard to resist. PUJOL have already won a loyal following with addictive songs like “Mayday” and “Too Safe.” Plus, they’ve got a famous fan in fellow rocker Jack White, who’s producing the band’s next single on his label, Third Man Records… We’re betting PUJOL won’t be Nashville’s best-kept secret much longer.” – NYLON
Listen to a track from PUJOL: “Too Safe“
NATIVES are a psychedelic, garage rock band out of Louisville, KY. Think 13th Floor Elevators, Velvet Underground, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, etc. Familiar faces, with a killer live set to boot. Featuring ex-members of The Invaders, Ten to Midnight, and more.