It's our favorite time of the week again. It's when we get to search through tons of new music and find three great examples of Myrtle Beach music to showcase from local artists in our Featured Listens segment. This week we feature music from from a group of local reggae rockers, some rock 'n' roll stooges and a group of Grand Strand all-stars:
Below the Bassline "Remember Me"
Led by Guitarist/vocalist McKinley Devilbiss these guys are just one of the many great bands we've come across lately which claim Murells Inlet as their homebase. And much like many of the acts which arise from the Marsh, Below the Bassline is founded on laid-back jams, albeit with a reggae rock edge.
"Remember Me" starts with a jammin' little guitar riff that sounds like it might lead to something heavier, but actually gives way to an upbeat reggae bounce of a track. Lyrically, the song delves into a desire to break away from home and explore the wonders of the world while staying true to where you came from. It's a common theme for a young band presented in a fun and fully listenable way with some great progressions and a nice vocal cipher toward the end.
If you like what you hear, check out more Below the Bassline on Reverbnation or Mysapce, or catch them live Saturday opening for Treehouse at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside. Also, in talking with these guys at Drink! last week they assured us new material was on the way in the form of a 4-track EP that's pretty much ready to roll, so be on the lookout for that as well.
Sick Stooges "The Challenge (Its A Good Day to Ride)"
This five-piece band of rock 'n' roll addicts — Kenn, Barry, Dan, Carl and Roger — has been spreading their "stoogified" version of classic covers and unique originals for quite some time locally. Fresh off their performance at the All About Veterans benefit Sunday the Stooges offer this dose of what the call "the best classic rock on the Grand Strand."
"The Challenge" is a simple, yet rockin' anthem about going full throttle and experiencing the thrill of the open road that will appeal to bikers and car lovers alike and anyone with a fast-moving attitude that prefers to live life "without no brakes."
Spider and The Grand Strand Blues All-Stars "Little River Blues"
Having attended the Grand Strand Blues Society Awards last Friday, we were turned on to the sounds of some of the best blues players in the area, including this ensemble act.
The track "Little River Blues" is the first single of the group's upcoming album "Blues of the Rivers" which will be all original material inspired by the rivers and waterways that have been touched by the Blues throughout time. Written and sung by Lee "Spider" Webb, the track is a tale of love lost and found along the historic waterfront area of the north end locale.