Arson Daily & Dead Swells
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About The Event
$5 @ The Local
North Carolina natives, Zach Dunham, vocalist/guitarist, Quincy Platt, bassist, and Adam McLean, drummer, formed Arson Daily back in October of 2014. They effortlessly work hard, and play harder while making music and performance art their main focus, in proper rock n’ roll fashion. Over the last five years, the power trio has found themselves locked into an alt-rock, indie-garage sound reminiscent of the rage of bands like Cage the Elephant and Portugal the Man.
In the early stages of Arson Daily, they spent years playing in packed basement shows; contributing to their inspiration and growth of rowdy stage performances. Their fierce energy encapsulates the listener, holding them hungry for the next show. The blending of Dunham’s vocals, coupled with Platt’s golden-groove bass licks, and the powerful sound of McLean’s percussion, create the complex style that is the revelation, Arson Daily.
Columbia five-piece pop-rock band Dead Swells formed in 2016 and is rapidly taking over The Carolina’s. They released a five-track self-titled EP on Aug. 3. The disc’s layered electric guitars and drums battle it out for the lead rhythmic position, creating a unique blend in which the bass and vocals serve as supporting characters. First track “Be Here” opens with a reverb-laced surf introduction before grooving into a catchy melodic guitar line highlighted by crisp distant drums and effervescent vocals. “Losing” delves into a wavy guitar lick and sweetly distorted pop elements. Then, “Get Us Home” arrives with a steady rhythmic drumbeat and a flowing guitar melody complemented by grungy, echoed vocals. A funk element is introduced in last track “In Your Head,” which uses harmonized fingerpicking to create a feathery, whimsical atmosphere.