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Stereofly showcases Southern culture during SXSW 2014, one of the world's largest festivals in the "Live Music Capital of the World"

New Stereofly Logo courtesy of Rob Dellenback of Sasquatch City Studios
New Stereofly Logo courtesy of Rob Dellenback of Sasquatch City Studios

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.”

THE PLAN

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.

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SATURATED

(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.

CUSSES (SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah-bred Cusses is high energy, fun and catchy while still bringing some heaviness.  Featuring a unique guitar-bass amp hybrid, beastly drumwork and the ever-active front woman Angel Bond whose non-stop dancing and great vocal range makes for an unforgettable live show.

CARNAVAL (CHARLESTON, SC) Carnaval's music could be the soundtrack to your favorite thriller film.  The use of bows on guitars only reinforces the brooding atmosphere painted by Carnaval, perfectly complimented by sparse but powerful vocals.

SHALLOW PALACE  (COLUMBIA, SC) Shallow Palace is an American Rock-and-Roll band playing a visceral style of rock music influenced by the last 50 years of the genre. Psychedelic lead riffs flow through a heavy '70s metal-inspired rhythm section rooted in grunge-punk ideals combine to make the most notable part to their sound. 

NED & THE DIRT (COLUMBIA, SC) Ned and the Dirt is a three-piece indie/rock outfit hailing from Columbia, SC. Combining the sweet singer-songwriter vibe of Ned Durrett with the rock sensibility of the Dirt, Ned and the Dirt brings a fresh brand of emotional, high-energy music to the listener.

ZONAEA (CHARLESTON, SC) Filled with noise, dissonance and an acute sense of dynamic, Zonaea is a unique and refreshing rock band from Charleston that isn't afraid to break up a beautiful moment with a little yelling.

DEATH ON TWO WHEELS (ATLANTA, GA) This fivesome may have shed a bit of their southern skin, but the classic '70s/meets grunge/meets modern mashup remains in full force, capturing their wealth of influences in a more concise, no-holds-barred sort of fashion. 

IRON WHIP (ATLANTA, GA) Dark and heavy might be the best way to describe this Atlanta three-piece with a stoner-rock leaning with a lot of attitude.

THE ROCKETBOYS (AUSTIN, TX) Local hosts and Austin, TX indie-rockers The Rocketboys are masters of subtlety and mood, using harmonies and melodies to paint the scene.

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RUSTIC
(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.

SAY BROTHER (Columbia, SC) Notorious for their rowdy, whiskey-soaked, country rock n' roll, Say Brother is a great time packed in foot-stomping rhythms and a commanding story from singer Tripp LaFrance.
  
CANCELLIERI (Columbia, SC) Cancellieri is the creative outlet of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ryan Hutchens.  Over three years and three EPs, Cancellieri has grown from its roots in home recording and electronic soundscapes into a full-bodied, mature and impressive statement of American indie music.

DEAR BLANCA (Columbia, SC) Offering an eclectic range of sounds inspired by diverse acts such as '80s punk group Minutemen, as well as Townes Van Zandt, Dear Blanca promises energetic rock music coupled with folk-songwriting aesthetics both mild-mannered and rambunctious.

MEGAN JEAN & THE KFB (Charleston, SC) Megan Jean and the KFB arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance and the avant-garde that has been earning them a dedicated following all over America.

THE RESTORATION (Columbia, SC)  The Restoration’s members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carolina. Musically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overlapping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.

RACHEL KATE (Charleston, SC)  A singer-songwriter in a very true sense, her songs are emotional and beautiful extensions of her charismatic personality – a quality that has garnished a growing fan base show after show.

MASON JAR MENAGERIE (Fountain Inn, SC)  Mason Jar Menagerie come from a small town in South Carolina. Their country and folk roots make their rock n' roll craft a griping exploration with true southern grit.

BANDITOS (Nashville, TN) Banditos are famously eclectic, paying tribute to a little Aretha here, a little CCR there, with a tidbit of Squirrel Nut Zippers packed around the edges. While such a myriad of influences would bury a lesser band in tuneless muck, Banditos use their disparate influences to forge a more assured identity. 

STAGBRIAR (Columbia, SC) Brother and sister Alex and Emily McCollum sing perfect harmonies over intricate, dark songs – a departure from the typical folk-inspired band that maintains all of the best qualities of folk.
 
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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.

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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.


FATRAT DA CZAR (Columbia, SC) Crafting Da ColdWar in 2006 with famed DJ Shekeese Tha Beast, standouts like, and drew the line in the sand. Returning 2008 with the classic follow-up Da ColdWar 2: The Day Afta, FatRat Da Czar single-handedly distinguished himself by pronouncing his importance to everyone able to hear his music. concur. Currently prepping the third and final installment of Da ColdWar series, FatRat Da Czar is primed to pounce on every opportunity coming his way. It would be wise to get on board.

GRAND ROYAL (SC/VA) Grand Royal, the brand new hip-hop group consisting of Ali Rah, VoNorris, Heazy Boi, LaLisa and Preemo Heem.  One of the most unique hip-hop groups around, their balance of old school and new school is like nothing else hitting the hip-hop scene today.

WE ROLL LIKE MADMEN (Columbia, SC) South Carolina’s We Roll Like Madmen distill a jolting concoction of thoughtful lyricism and lush, beat-driven soundscapes with sonic influences ranging from hip-hop to dance. Their contagious stage presence features emotive vocals uplifted by an intoxicating meld of controllerism and instrumentation. 

SIGNS OF IRIS (Greenville, SC) Greenville's Signs of Iris is an emotional, synth-driven band with high-energy and a great live show.

RAN BRUCE (Greenville, SC) One of the leaders of #newSC, Ran Bruce takes soul, funk and hip-hop to blend a jaw-dropping collection of records.

COLE CONNOR (Columbia, SC) This young emcee has made a name for himself throughout SC with his energetic and quirky hip-hop.a

CHADD DOWNING (Columbia, SC) Born in Jersey before ending up in Columbia, SC, Downing's flow and style is heavily influenced by the Northeast and brings a whole new character to the Fluid showcase.

SLICK (Greenwood, SC) Young and talented Slick out of Greenwood is smooth on the beat and reps his streets.  Watch your back, Slick doesn't mess around.

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In addition to music, we have invited Atlanta's own CAPTAIN & MAYBELLE, a bizarre and engaging a shock and a laugh sideshow performing in the street surrounding the club and around the backyard of Javelina Bar!  These partners in crime perform classic sideshow entertainment with a contemporary twist!  You can call him a sword swallower, human blockhead or fire breather;  You just call her Maybelle.
You may have caught their act at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, on “America’s Got Talent” Season 6, Six Flags Over Georgia’s Annual Fright Fest, “Atlanta & Co.”, “The Soup”, Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore or a myriad of other equally impressive opportunities.

WHAT CAN I DO?
The showcases have been booked and will be free to the public.  Regardless of potential hospitality you may or may not wish to provide, we will be going and we will be bringing these artists with us. This is a chance to pledge and in turn receive a bunch of great albums from bands performing during SXSW at a huge discount to help fund promotion and expenses for Stereofly and each of the bands performing.

Our initial goal of $8000 will cover all the venue and sound expenses, but we have a couple of other goals we hope we can make to really amp up the amount of promotion and gas money we can give each band.  

Our second goal is $14,000, which will get each band some gas money and pay for posters, postcards and people to hang them up and distribute them throughout Austin in preparation for the showcase.

Our third goal is $18,000, which will give each band a couple hundred dollars for traveling and additional promotion.

Any people or businesses that would like to support the Southeast and the SXSW showcase through in-kind donations of promotion, printing, etc you can contact The Stereofly at stereoflycollective@gmail.com

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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The most unique challenge we have is getting all of the bands out to SXSW. 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.

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