Motor Skills is the product of a third gen collaboration between Christopher Hutcherson-Riddle and Mike Dillon. Combined with Andy Holmes, the trio is proud to release their first full-length, Moving Island. For people familiar with the old Moving Island space on West Street in Raleigh, it only makes sense that the dark, colossal, labyrinthine structure be the record's namesake. The record is dark, foggy pop, with vocals and dancy beats to guide you through a haze of dazzling synth and walls of sound.
Moving Island drops Friday, May 11 as a free app available for iOS and Android.
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Atlanta/Greensboro natives, Wowser Bowser, have wowed crowds at Kings quite a few times in the last year. With stage antics and an affinity for making thousands of balloons seemingly materialize, these guys put on a great live show. Beyond setting the scene and throwing a great party, Wowser brings it home with their brand of synthy, pop rock, cheery choruses and the odd trumpet.
Airstrip is the newest project from Matthew Park, formerly of Veelee and Opening Flower Happy Bird. Park's last three releases as Airstrip, available for free via airstrip.bandcamp.com, maintain the recognizable pop-sensibilities of older projects, while exploring the darker side of the musical spectrum. Airstrip is currently working on a full-length featuring Tre Acklen (Gross Ghost, Old Bricks) on guitar; John Crouch (Caltrop, Horseback) on drums; and Nick Petersen (Monsonia, Horseback) on bass, and should be out later this year.
Kings will be hosting the release party for Moving Island this Friday, May 11th, featuring Motor Skills, Airstrip, and Wowser Bowser. The first 25 people in the door receive a limited edition, individually unique screen printed copy of the album. Doors are at 9pm and the show starts at 9:30pm. $8 advance / $10 day of show. For more information, visit kingsbarcade.com