I Was Totally Destroying It, The Roman Spring, Vinny Vegas, Unifier, …Special Surprise Guest Headliners! – Tickets – Deep South The Bar – Raleigh, NC – December 6th, 2013

I Was Totally Destroying It, The Roman Spring, Vinny Vegas, Unifier, ...Special Surprise Guest Headliners!

18th Annual Deep South Entertainment Christmas Party!

I Was Totally Destroying It, The Roman Spring, Vinny Vegas, Unifier, ...Special Surprise Guest Headliners!

Fri, December 6, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Deep South The Bar

Raleigh, NC

$7.00 - $10.00

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 (acoustic)
The Roman Spring (acoustic)
Bios are dumb. We know it, you know it. However, every band needs one... so anyway..... The Roman Spring is nothing more and nothing less than five friends coming together to capture the magic of the music that inspired them. Flashes of Brit Pop mixed with a dash of Indie rock and a spoon full of polish. Shimmering songs that sound like radio hits in a parallel universe...whatever that means.....Anyhow, say hello to your new favorite band.
Vinny Vegas
Vinny Vegas
Vinny Vegas stands out amongst the myriad of progressive bands emerging from Baltimore's burgeoning art rock community. Living proof that a musical act can thrive without abandoning the DIY aesthetic, the band has self-released three critically acclaimed E.P's and self-booked/funded many tours over their five-year existence. With each release, Vinny Vegas has shown the kind of growth that can only occur when artists maintain control over their own career. Through consistent touring, the band has managed to expand their fan base up and down the east coast and throughout the Midwest and Canada. Known for their dynamic live shows, the band has even managed to develop cult-like following in the notoriously hard to break Mid-Atlantic scenes of Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City. With their debut full-length album and an aggressive touring schedule mapped out for 2012, it just might be the year that Vinny Vegas transforms their underground credibility into more mainstream notoriety.

Affiliations: Motherland Collective, TreeFort, a Record Company
Unifier
Unifier
We used to be Future Ghosts.

There have always been two sides of music that argue back and forth – those who make pop music with the sole goal of writing a song that feels good and captivates the mind, and those who make music that is progressive and pushes the boundaries of what is possible in a genre. That being said, the biggest challenge in music is to make both sides happy and make a poppy song that pushes boundaries and
progresses a genre forward. With Unifier's debut album Colorado, (produced by Jesse Cannon who has worked with The Cure, Saves The Day, Basement and Transit, to name a few) the Greensboro, North Carolina based group has done just that, creating a record that fuses the pop-rock sounds of Switchfoot, Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World with the progressive genre-pushing of groups like Brand New, The Dear Hunter and Manchester Orchestra.
Venue Information:
Deep South The Bar
430 S. Dawson St.
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://deepsouththebar.com/