Another month, another free DiggUp Tapes show at Kings Barcade. This time, it's all out-of-towners coming into Downtown Raleigh to rock out for free for you guys. Reptar from Athens, GA bring their dance game, while Casual Curious will travel East on I-40 along with Wowser Bowser from Atlanta to add to the dance party. Other Colors from Baltimore, MD will start off the night with some lo-fi rock.
Reptar (Athens, GA)
From the greater Athens-Atlanta-Asheville area, the four have been playing music since the beginning of recorded history, but playing shows as Reptar since December 2008. Since then, Reptar has created quite a sensation around the Southeast and just wrapped up a 7" recording with producer Ben Allen (Sean P. Diddy Combs, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Beastie Boys Matt and Kim) to be released on Allen's label Make Records Not Bombs available for purchase at http://mrnb.bigcartel.com/
Reptar likes to dance and have been likened to The Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Prince, Marky Mark, Lake, Air, and the Jackon 5. The band is made up of Andrew McFarland, a Brazilian native, classically trained snare drummer, and sophmore at UGA, Ryan Engleberger, who currently attends Dartmouth College in the Artic Circle majoring in Jaco Pastorius’ fretless bass, Graham Ulicny, a hernianted African Soukous guitarist and AstroBioElectroPhysics student at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, and William Kennedy, greatgodson to Herbie Hancock’s ARP 2600 and connosiour of fine chocolate (85% cocao or above) and sophmore at UGA. With Reptar's powers combined, they can topple small buildings, smaltzy restaurants, and shmuppy next-door-neighbors with our devastating wall of synthesizers and samples. Dig?
Hailing from Greensboro, a city in the state of North Carolina in the United States on the planet Earth, Casual Curious is group of five human beings that get together to write, record, and perform socially acceptable organized sound. Casual Curious has had several forms over the past couple years of it's existence, but it is typically directed by a specific human known as, T. Lee Gunselman. Their sounds typically induces physical movement, biological reactions affecting mood, as well as stimulating cognitive activity that may lead other humans to reflect on their day-to-day behaviors and activities. Also, Pat used to be in Death Cab for Cutie.
Okay, here we go. Wowser Bowser is better than N’SYNC, hands down. They hail from Atlanta, GA. There are usually at least three of them on stage. They like balloons and dancing. They dislike candy corn. Yuck. Wowser Bowser plays children’s music for adults. Dragon-Pop. Dance-tastic jams. Wanna cookie? How about 500 cookies that you place in your ears?!
The rise of Deerhunter in Atlanta opened the door for those more avant-minded groups in the city to finally strut their stuff for an audience. The gentlemen of Wowser Bowser create alluring tunes that meld '80s pop warmth with '00s experimentation.
As the guitar plays, something else creeps up…an entity…a being…a force…a horn…an organ…an idea…taking the life of this lonely sparsely beautiful rock and haunting it hard. Baltimore’s Other Colors solitary magic and expansive lo fi rock is something to take a hold of now. Their S/T LP was recorded during last year’s blizzard, and that walled in mystique flows through this gem.
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