I Was Totally Destroying It, The Roman Spring, The Heligoats, Eric and Erica – Tickets – Deep South The Bar – Raleigh, NC – April 23rd, 2016

I Was Totally Destroying It, The Roman Spring, The Heligoats, Eric and Erica

I Was Totally Destroying It

The Roman Spring

The Heligoats

Eric and Erica

Sat, April 23, 2016

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Deep South The Bar

Raleigh, NC

$5.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

I Was Totally Destroying It
I Was Totally Destroying It
Fate has served I WAS TOTALLY DESTROYING IT well. The members of the 5-piece power-pop band from Chapel Hill, NC found each other searching for a new creative outlet as all their previous bands were imploding at precisely the same moment. Determined to try something different, these veterans of North Carolina indie rock acts like Sorry About Dresden and Strunken White embraced their love of 70's icons such as Tom Petty and Elvis Costello, 80's new wave artists such as The Cure and Kate Bush, and 90's stalwarts like Superchunk and That Dog - and founded the hook-heavy IWTDI Rock Machine. Dueling lead vocalists and songwriters Rachel Hirsh and John Booker harmonize lyrics that belie the sweet, sunny suggestions of their upbeat melodies, inviting you to listen in on their conversations about self-loathing, fear, and intimacy. Backed by a powerful rhythm section (drummer James Hepler and bassist Joe Mazzitelli), and the soaring lead guitars of Curtis Armstead, I Was Totally Destroying It have yet to slow down in the nearly 5 years since the band's inception.

Prolific as they are driven, to date, IWTDI have released 3 full length albums (2007's S/T, 2009's Horror Vacui, 2011's Preludes), 2 EP's (2008's Done Waiting, 2009's The Beached Margin - collected on a limited edition 12") and a 7" single (2010's Get Big), which includes a towering cover of their favorite song from the 1980's: "In A Big Country" by Big Country. Immediately following the release of Preludes in April 2011, IWTDI migrated to Minneapolis, MN to record Vexations at the legendary Flowers Studio with producers Joshua Cain (from Motion City Soundtrack. Credits include: Metro Station, Sing It Loud) & Ed Ackerson (from Polara. Credits include The Jayhawks, The Replacements). Vexations, 12 brooding yet beautiful compositions, is new territory for the group- a pseudo-concept album loosely based around Stephen King's Dark Tower series. The band is calling it their best work to date, with lyricists Booker and Hirsh tapping King's epic adventure for inspiration and context and using it to convey stories and emotions relative to their own lives. The music twists and turns in new directions as well- the band fully harnessing their moodier, gothic tendencies and even winking at unexpected inspirations such as Cocteau Twins and Brian Eno -but never abandoning their previous pop sensibilities.

With a handful of national and regional tours under their belts, IWTDI show no signs of letting up anytime soon. Having shared the stage with Motion City Soundtrack on multiple occasions, as well as other highlights such as playing the grand opening of the Raleigh Amphitheater with The Connells in front of 4,000+ attendees, performing as the main support for Joan Jett in 2009 in front of 15,000+, and shows with some of their biggest influences- Superchunk, The Get Up Kids, Cursive, Thursday, Conor Oberst, Polvo, Billy Bragg - I Was Totally Destroying It have become a seasoned, pitch-perfect live act. They hope to see you in your town soon.

Other accolades include "Come Out, Come Out", from the album Horror Vacui, being featured prominently in a massive television ad campaign by Vivo, Bazil's largest cell phone service provider, in 2010; performing to a capacity crowd at the Team Clermont 2011 SXSW showcase; appearing on Guided By Voices tribute album, Sing For Your Meat, alongside The Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Crooked Fingers, Elf Power, Superdrag, and more; Being named one of The News & Observer's Great 8 of 2008; Onion AV Club's list of "Memorable Band Names; The Independent Weekly's "Best Songs Of The Year" 3 years in a row; The Daily Tar Heel naming Horror Vacui the second best NC album of 2009 (behind The Love Language), and more.

So far in 2012, IWTDI have seen two exclusive features from Alternative Press, performed again at Austin's SXSW music festival, licensed songs for television spots and a handful of independent films, and had their music video "Control" featured on MTV.com, as well as in rotation on The Cool TV network. All of this leading up to a very busy summer/fall touring in promotion of Vexations, due 8.21.12.
The Roman Spring
The Roman Spring
The Roman Spring is a Triangle, NC - based five piece, concocting dreamy, Americana tinged pop: think Band of Horses meets R.E.M., with a dash of Ryan Adams.

After the demise of his rock outfit Colourslide, singer/songwriter Alex Lawhon decided to start a new band using some of the area’s best musicians:

“I envisioned The Roman Spring to be much more than a solo project,” states Lawhon, “ I wanted it to be a band, but with an open door policy . . . I'm very lucky to have friends who just happen to be some of the most talented people in the world, and I invited them all to contribute when they could.”
A great idea, but after several changes in lineup, it became apparent that The Roman Spring needed to evolve into something more sustainable.

“I said to myself, if I could have anyone that I wanted to play in a band with, who would it be?” Alex put the call out to the first four names that came to mind. “Every single one said yes! Unbelievable!” and so entered Rob Clay (Cravin Melon, The Veldt, Parklife), Scott Carle (Dillon Fence, Collapsis, Lost in the Trees), Sam Clowney (Parklife, The Veldt) and Chad Barger (Cravin Melon, Roger Gupton) into The Roman Spring as it stands today. Their combined experience is quite staggering when you consider that one or another of them has either toured or shared a stage with such notable acts as Wilco, John Mayer, Weezer, Lemonheads, Third Eye Blind, Pavement, The Black Crowes, Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw and Jet , while Alex’s songs have achieved substantial radio airplay, as well as having landed several national television spots on ESPN, MTV, ABC Family, E!, and OXYGEN.

“I’ve been a huge fan of all these guys both personally and musically for as long as I can remember,” Alex enthuses. “Playing with all of them is more than wonderful, and Rob is a fantastic songwriter in his own right, so the amount of material that we’ve assembled in such a sort time is amazing.”

The momentum the band is currently enjoying has taken them all by surprise: The five are all veterans of the NC scene, but far from viewing this as just another gig, they’ve all jumped into the project head-first, each with a fresh and immediate perspective driven by the rare musical chemistry they share and the strength of the new material. As likely to appeal to indie audiences as much as they would to fans of country music, blues or rock, The Roman Spring has plenty of crossover appeal while retaining the integrity that comes with the delivery of a truly good song.
The Heligoats
The Heligoats
We all know that "long-awaited" is overused in band bios, but ask any hardcore Heligoats or Troubled Hubble fans and they will tell you that they've worn out the edges of their seats waiting for the newest release from Chris Otepka, the man behind The Heligoats.

The Heligoats was Otepka's first songwriting outlet. He wrote his first pieces in 1998 before eventually forming Chicago-based Troubled Hubble, a successful touring band that took up much of his musical energy from 1999-2005. During lulls in Troubled Hubble's career, Otepka would still write songs for The Heligoats, some of which ended up as TH songs, but most of which can be found on his various Heligoats recordings: Heated Arguments, Mountains, Sapling Sessions, etc. After Troubled Hubble played their last show, Otepka began working on The End of All-Purpose.

Being the perfectionist that he is, Otepka took a few years to record, listen, re-mix, and finish up these six songs, all the while touring and writing a full-length (due out in early 2009). This is only the beginning of The Heligoats' path.
Eric and Erica
Eric and Erica
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Venue Information:
Deep South The Bar
430 S. Dawson St.
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://deepsouththebar.com/