Over the past several years we have seen the music industry change dramatically, and in our opinion for the better. People are relying less and less on major labels and looking more into their own communities for help releasing albums and promoting creative projects. We believe that some of the best musicians creating music are gathered in the Southeast and that 2014 is the year this region receives the national acclaim it deserves.
NEW YEARS' RESOLUTION
Our New Years' resolution is to champion the music we have fallen in love with like never before and unite local art communities in the Southeast for a more collective and cultural consciousness.
The local artists you have come to love can only do so much on their own, and we see 2014 as the year Stereofly can assist these artists on their journey to take their music to a larger audience. Record labels have historically hired promoters and publicists to grease the palms of the movers and shakers in the industry to get their artists' name out. We believe with enough support from both artists and art lovers, our collective efforts can help transform the culture of the Southeast.
This goal is nothing we take lightly, and it starts with spreading the good word. It has taken us years of promoting shows, scouring Bandcamp, attending and hosting live shows, reviewing CDs and running a radio show on WUSC 90.5FM to get to where we are.
Entering our fourth year as a music+arts publication, we have assembled a list of bands that we feel is a good representation of what the Southeast has to offer, that in our opinion, are currently underrated on a national scale. We will continue to expose and promote artists we love and are taking a large group of them to SXSW in Austin, TX this year to showcase them to the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
Stereofly will be bringing 30+ artists to Austin, TX for a two-day, two-stage showcase at The Javelina Bar in downtown Austin on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12. Most of these artists will be representing our stellar Southeastern community and will be touring towards Austin in an effort to spread the influence and gospel of the Southeastern creative ethos.
Stereofly will split the two days and two stages into four categories of sound: Rustic, Fluid, Saturated and Aggressive. Pigeonholing artists into genres and subgenres is not what Stereofly has in mind. These adjectives will serve as an identifier in the most basic sense, leaving the listener the choice to further connect and identify with the artist. We are looking forward to this amazing opportunity to spread awareness of our impressive community and to be a part of one of the world’s biggest music festivals.
(adj.) thoroughly soaked; charged or brought to a state of complete saturation Drenched with overdriven tone, instruments are often brought to levels of high gain for varying lengths of time as a dynamic expression and musical movement. Often described as indie rock, post rock and rock n' roll.
(adj.) pertaining to living in the country; related to the outdoors Embodies the earthier qualities of music with a strong emphasis on storytelling. Songs of the rustic nature are often played on porches and campfires though electrified versions are not uncommon or scarce. Often described as folk, singer-songwriter and adult contemporary.
AGGRESSIVE (adj.) vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness
In terms of musical aggression, some of us are more angry and disgruntled than others. Primitive outlets such as screaming, intense volume and fierce timbre can be utilized to paint an awe-inspiring picture of frustration, rage and overall anger. Some artists find chilling ways to represent their resentment. Often described as punk, hardcore and metal.
YAUTJA (Nashville, TN) February will see Yautja’s debut LP, Songs of Descent (Forcefield Records). Crushingly heavy, Yautja toured all over in 2013 and have no plans to stop. Described as a melting pot of the hardcore and metal genres, Yautja does not prescribe to one singular sound. Truly versatile and extremely hostile.
ABACUS (Columbia, SC) Equal parts punk, hardcore and metal, Abacus has broken new ground in the aggressive community. Heavy riffs, a pummeling rhythm section and frighteningly crass vocals paint a dynamic and heavy picture.
GNARWHAL (Nashville, TN) Hardworking, humble, belligerent, spastic, confusing, magnificent. Gnarwhal’s insanely up-tempo and rhythmically impulsiveness surprises and excites at every turn. Constantly touring and releasing new music, Gnarwhal won’t stop. Can’t stop. Nana nana.
SEIN ZUM TODE (Columbia, SC) Weird. Weirder than weird. Deranged. Sein zum Tode’s off-the-wall time signatures and ear-shredding vocals are displaced by the beyond-disruptive percussion that makes listener’s hearts skip numerous beats. Truly original song arrangement and imaginative soundscapes make Sein zum Tode unforgettable.
PRIMITIVE MAN (Denver, CO) Following the massively successful debut full-length, Scorn (Relapse Records), Primitive Man have found no rest. Constantly touring the US and releasing their Crowbar cover of “Suffering Brings Wisdom”, 2013 belongs to Primitive Man and their doom-inspired sonic cannon.
REVEAL RENEW (TAMPA, FL) Punk rock through and through. Reveal Renew has a youthful message in their music: less talk, more rock. 2013 saw extensive touring for Reveal Renew including a Warped Tour run. Good things come for those that rip.
DETHRONE (AUSTIN, TX) Pummeling down beat hardcore is Dethrone’s way of communicating to the world. Rage-filled musicians on a war path. Dethrone spent 2013 writing for a full length and playing a few shows. Be on the look out for a full length this year.
FLUID (adj.) pertaining to a substance that easily changes its shape; capable of flowing
Centered heavily around rhythm, fluid speaks to the ebb and flow of the struggle, often adding the art of meter and syncopation to a mixture of analog and digital rhythms to tell personal stories of both success and failure. While tempo and sound vary, there is something in the core of fluid music that makes people want to groove. Often described as hip-hop, rap, electronic and synth-rock.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
Other than tremendous sense of pride you'll receive for helping these artists get their music heard by a ridiculous amount of people, you can receive a massive amount of music from our SXSW showcase artists, free entry to future shows and amazing promotion possibilities for whatever you need help promoting. All of the reward options for contributing are detailed on the right.If you've been looking to learn more about the great music in the region but haven't figured out where to begin, the $100 SUPER PACK is a great place to start. The SUPER PACK comes with all of the albums from each of the artists we are featuring at SXSW (plus some extras from regional favorites who couldn't make the trip to SXSW)
NOTE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
Risks and challenges
The most unique challenge we have is getting all of the bands out to Austin. This Kickstarter, if we reach beyond our goal of $8000, will help us put money in the pockets of bands who are performing and cover the basic costs of getting to Austin, TX. The bands have confirmed and realize they could be traveling very far with a potential for no turnaround profit. These artists are in this to be heard by a previously unknown potential fan base. The Stereofly wants to compensate them as much as possible with your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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