Memetics is a project by Aaron Shugart-Brown and Arrison Kirby. Nathan Brown (Obadiah, Hypencrunk, Soulbot) will also be joining them on this evening. Click here to check out an old session with just Aaron and Arrison.
Deep Green is a new, more jazz oriented project featuring some of Knoxville’s finest musicians: Dave Eckman, Dustin Milotte, Grant Parker, Patrick Morgan and Judson Clinton. Click here to check out their sound.
Wasted Youth Party is a brand new project by Wesley Wyrick (DolpynRydyr, COP, Star Mountain). Not sure where to find any of it online so I guess you will have to just come see.
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Click to download the tracks:
“Give Peace a Chance (Seriously)”
“La Tee Dah (Give Peace a Chance)”
“Locked Doors in Mexico”
“Afraid of the Ghost”
“Give Peace a Chance (Or Something)”
“Achey Breaky Heart”
“A Double K C”
This is, so far, has perhaps been my favorite session. It’s loose and dirty, but flows quite merrily. Definitely fun to play and, hopefully, listen to. The use of the keys with the larger sound is new to this arrangement of players. Instrument swapping also continues. And everybody’s favorite…cover songs! [kind of]
“Opening Bell” – One of our traditional, improvisational, come-from-nothing, random openers. It begins with the beat and ends with Dane’s live drumming. The latter is the better. Pretty happy shit.
“Give Peace a Chance” (John Lennon cover) – Oh yes. Three different versions. Everybody knows the chorus, for sure, but everybody’s talking bout…what? So I just made up new verses. It’s the giving peace a chance part that matters, after all.
“No Destination” – Dane on guitar. Katie using the omni to add a really nice, easy going vibe – especially at the beginning. I’m drumming. I felt pretty on top of my shit with drums that night, too.
“Jumble Bumps” – This is probably my favorite song from the session. I believe that I made very good choices with the keys and the guitar solo. The only problem is that I did not necessarily do this at the same time. There is one very particular aspect of this one that is like nails on a chalkboard to me…but it runs alongside the really really good aspects. I’m not going to point out anything beyond that. Hopefully your ears will hear it differently than mine.
“Locked Doors in Mexico” – This one is just Dane and I. He on guitar. Me on drums. That dude is a great communicator, musically. I love the last third, in particular, where we drop it low and bring it back.
“Failed Fire” – This is just Dane and I again. It’s kinda like one of those “musical comedy” deals that tend to manifest themselves sometimes.
“Afraid of the Ghost” – I don’t know why I want to do this song so much. I guess because it’s so simple to work within. I still want something more ideal for the 1st half or so. Tried it with some low organ sounds on this one. I dunno…it’s okay.
“Achey Breaky Heart” (Billy Ray Cyrus cover) – Hence the Cyrus part of the session name. Once again, this is another one of those songs where you totally know the chorus, but only get the general idea of the verses. In this case, however, that circumstance may vary from person to person. I know it’s kind of scary, but some people out there probably do know this song word for word, beginning to end. We are simply not those people.
“A Double K C” – Me on drums. Katie on the keys. A little bit of night magic.
Katie Collins – omnichord, keys
Dane Hill – guitar, drums
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, drums
Megan Driscoll – tambourine
Click to download the tracks:
So a while back, Aaron and I collaborated on a few tracks and called it memetics (Aaron’s name idea…and a good one). I really should mix those down and get them out into cyberspace. But for now, you have this.
This is all recorded live, which is the opposite approach we took on those tracks you have not heard. Those we tracked out. This live session was much easier to deal with.
Aaron sang on most of the tracks. I presume it to be improvisational, but in any case, some of the song titles were just plain obvious. My dog, Remy, sang on “Santa Daemon.”
I sang on “Afraid of the Ghost.” It’s a complete departure from the way it’s been performed in the sessions with Pocket Strength (that’s our band name, right?). This one is very true to the “memetics sound.” I’m particularly fond of its minimalism.
I’m not sure what else to say about the rest of the tracks. They’re pretty droney at times. It definitely throws back to earlier days of being in Obadiah with Aaron. I really like the piano / guitar interplay at the end of “Gentle Waves.” If you don’t care anything else about this artsy fartsy bullshit, then at least lay back into that for a minute.
Aaron Shugart-Brown – guitar, effects, percussion, vocals
Arrison Kirby – guitar, keys, beats, vocals
Remy – vocals
I just came across this video a few hours ago. Good to see it out there.
I believe American Panda and Star Mountain also played that gig. Caleb Wilson provided the visuals. This video can be found on mysweetjenna79′s YouTube Channel. The birthday girl was…
…having a birthday. I’m glad she spent it there.