Indie artists perform at Smart & Becker

Two Nashville-native artists, Augustus Carroll and Austin Feinstein, performed with local artist Daje Morris in an intimate concert at the Smart & Becker Wednesday night.

As Carroll and Feinstein planned to perform in Knoxville, Morris reached out to the touring duo and helped to book their appearance.

Feinstein opened the show with his first song, “Side by Side.”

“It is sort of my anthem to dealing with the darkness that is in my life,” he said of his first song. “Saying that no matter who comes to me with any problems or whatever darkness that is in my life, it is not going to hold me down.”

The southern-folk artist explained that he did not become passionate about performing and writing music until last year. His inspiration for writing seriously resulted from a break-up last year. Feinstein first learned to play guitar at age 11, but he now focuses more on his music and writing.

“I’m still learning the ropes,” Feinstein said.

After Feinstein finished his set with “Oh Heaven,” Morris performed songs and poems. She began with “Come,” a song infused with both singing and spoken-word poetry. Morris finds inspiration through her memories and other poems.

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Daje Morris performs original music and poetry at the Smart & Becker. June 13, 2018. Sage Davis/TNJN

“Poetry and music is a way for me to process noise and that how I can stay grounded,” Morris explained. She said memories sometimes infiltrate her thoughts and distract her from living. “Music and poetry is a way for me to clear that.”

While Morris receives her inspiration through tragic memories and other poets, Carroll gains his inspiration through everyday occurrences.

“It could be just a thought I have throughout the day or just one occurring thing,” he said.

Carroll began his set with “Ghost” along with a cover of Leon Bridge’s song, “River” to which the crowd sang along.

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Augustus Carroll performs solo during his tour with Austin Feinstein in Knoxville, June 13, 2018. Sage Davis/TNJN

Feinstein and Carroll continue their tour in three more cities. They will perform next in Asheville, North Carolina. Morris will perform at the Kuumba Festival next Friday, June 22.

 

Images by Sage Davis

Edited by Lexie Little

Indie artists perform at Smart & Becker

Two Nashville-native artists, Augustus Carroll and Austin Feinstein, performed with local artist Daje Morris in an intimate concert at the Smart & Becker Wednesday night.

As Carroll and Feinstein planned to perform in Knoxville, Morris reached out to the touring duo and helped to book their appearance.

Feinstein opened the show with his first song, “Side by Side.”

“It is sort of my anthem to dealing with the darkness that is in my life,” he said of his first song. “Saying that no matter who comes to me with any problems or whatever darkness that is in my life, it is not going to hold me down.”

The southern-folk artist explained that he did not become passionate about performing and writing music until last year. His inspiration for writing seriously resulted from a break-up last year. Feinstein first learned to play guitar at age 11, but he now focuses more on his music and writing.

“I’m still learning the ropes,” Feinstein said.

After Feinstein finished his set with “Oh Heaven,” Morris performed songs and poems. She began with “Come,” a song infused with both singing and spoken-word poetry. Morris finds inspiration through her memories and other poems.

“Poetry and music is a way for me to process noise and that how I can stay grounded,” Morris explained. She said memories sometimes infiltrate her thoughts and distract her from living. “Music and poetry is a way for me to clear that.”

While Morris receives her inspiration through tragic memories and other poets, Carroll gains his inspiration through everyday occurrences.

“It could be just a thought I have throughout the day or just one occurring thing,” he said.

Carroll began his set with “Ghost” along with a cover of Leon Bridge’s song, “River” to which the crowd sang along.

Feinstein and Carroll continue their tour in three more cities. They will perform next in Asheville, North Carolina. Morris will perform at the Kuumba Festival next Friday, June 22.

 

Image TNJN archives

Edited by Lexie Little

 

Opinion: Unknown Brooklyn-based band on the rise

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source: cmj.com

Out of Brooklyn, N.Y., a band is on the rise.

Slothrust consists of Leah Wellbaum on guitar and vocals, Kyle Bann on bass and Will Gorin on drums. Slothrust isn’t comparable to any band existent today, but you still can hear certain influences of other genres that come out through their sound. There’s a bluesy feel of garage and punk rock exhilarates through their vocals. You hear the crash of cymbals, the lo-fi distortion of guitar and the abysmal, echoing, smoky voice of Leah Wellbaum reverberate throughout their songs.

The lyrics are dismal and melancholic, but occasionally they’re a little demented and deranged. In one song, “7:30 a.m.”, Wellbaum chants, “I’m gonna leave you anyway… You’re gonna walk right out that door… I’m gonna watch you walk away.”

It reignites a sense of angst when we’ve been in a relationship and became apathetic. You can’t change how it is and that evokes frustration, which this song embodies. Of course, it can be interpreted however. This song is off their most recent album Of Course You Do released February of this past year.

“7:30 a.m.” encompasses that melancholy, but another song, “Beowulf” (not to be confused by the epic poem), embraces demented lyricism. “Beowulf was one sick puppy, always on brutal murder sprees of subtleties. Wrecks the homes of all the creatures living in the woods.” Hey, it’s different. Different is something to welcome.

Best part is Slothrust is touring right now. They’ll be in Atlanta on Oct. 12 at The Earl. They’re touring with another band called Cymbals Eat Guitars and at some point they’ll be with The Kills. If you feel like listening to some modernized but distinct bluesy music, check them out on their Facebook, Twitter, or website.

Edited by Jessica Carr