DIY Birmingham endorses Bernie Sanders! Last Saturday, January 16th, we hosted a huge benefit show at Saturn. With some of Bham's best local bands, we packed out the place and raised over $1,500 for the campaign. That following Monday, Bernie visited Boutwell Auditorium with over 7,100 attendees. Birmingham is definitely feeling the Bern. Photos by Wes Frazer. See more of his stuff at www.wesfrazer.org.
Just a little over a week ago Birmingham based Catholic Easter Colors' vehicle was broken into while on the road in Washington DC. Anyone who has been on tour before can tell you this is one of the worst things that can happen to a traveling musician. If you're looking to spread a little holiday cheer, I'm sure Catholic Easter Colors would be grateful if you purchased some of their music in order to help them recover.
Part of my pride as a Birmingham native stems from the lush output of fantastic locally based music. Friends and I have often joked that if Birmingham had a better geographic location so many of the bands here would blow up. That quip may hit closer to home than I’d like; but the truth is I see too many acts that don’t make it out of the deep-south before they dissolve.
Grandaddy Ghostlegs and Holiness Church of The Valley are two groups I would have loved to seen more out of. Despite both having logged some time on the road out of state neither got the recognition they deserved.
Interestingly, both bands released posthumous material this past week. Both offerings are fantastic, which makes it all the more somber that the music in focus is from defunct groups.
Holiness Church of The Valley’s Joy Relents, Reality Demands is a total ripper. These songs are stark and uncompromising. If dirges had blast beats, this is what it would sound like. Plastering vocals linger over dark melodies reminding you that pain is real and unavoidable.
On the flipside GGEP from Grandaddy Ghostlegs bring less bleak compositions to the table. While there are some bits of melancholy woven through Ghostlegs’ repertoire it almost seems playful at times. The music is dense, catchy and undeniable. Thick-ass riffs give way to scorcher licks backed up by a water tight rhythm section. Listen to this shit and raise hell.
You can now stream Wray's first single, May 23rd off of their forthcoming record Hypatia.
A Birmingham power trio given to insistent but agile rhythms and psychedelic interpretations of standard rock muscle, \\GT// self-released two excellent EPs in 2013. Spurred by the enthusiasm of Alabama label and recording studio Communicating Vessels, who signed on to produce and release the band’s debut LP, the trio doubled down to make their best work yet—the thrilling, anthemic, addictive eight-song debut, Beats Misplaced.
We had a blast at our 5th Birthday party. Thanks to everyone who dunked the punk and helped us celebrate.
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