In the grand tradition of Twitter's infamous hashtag, our #MusicMonday column kicks off the week with the latest in local music and more. Each week we offer up five quick-hit items featuring songs that are available for your listening pleasure. We choose music from local and regional artists as well as sharing some of our favorite tunes from across the Web. Here's what we're listening to this week:
1. MuteMath Live @ The KZQ Lounge
New Orleans-based Alternative rock band MuteMath has been making waves over the past week with the release of its second album "Odd Soul" last Tuesday and a new tour. But before they were rocking out on tour — which kicked off in Charleston on Sept. 7. — they were rocking live right here in Myrtle Beach.
The band performed a three-song private set for a small group of fans in conjunction with local rock station WKZQ 96.1 The recordind features the first two singles off the new album "Odd Soul" and "Blood Pressure" performed at Brian McKenzie's Music Factory on Seaboard Street for the station's Live From the KZQ Lounge segment which ran on the radio in September.
McKenzie was nice enough to share them here, so please take a listen below or head over to KZQ's Facebook page to see the video from the performance.
2. Gabbie Rae "Don't Look Down"
Gabbie Rae, who is for our money one of the hardest working 13-year-olds in the music business, has released another new track and video in honor of October being Anti-Bullying month called "Don't Look Down."
The track, an uplifting number with lyrics about standing up for yourself was debuted locally last week on Teb Bell's Top 20 Countdown on 94.9 The Surf and has an accompanying video shot partially on the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk.
3. Brink of Sanity "With Clarity Comes Pyschotic Jealousy"
We'll preface this featured track by noting that this Pawleys Island-based Deathcore band probably isn't for everyone. But if you're one of the area's many music fans who enjoys the shredding guitar riffs and in-your-face vocal growls that highlight this genre then you'll be happy to find a local act doing it right in Brink of Sanity.
The group, made up of Elliot Giddens (Vocals), Ryan Shaver (Lead Guitar), Aaron Gruber (Percussion/Vocals) and Wes Deloach (Rhythm Guitar), formed in 2010 but recently made local metal fans take notice with a few gripping performances during the short-lived run of Socastee Station.
This, their first recording not only carries a title that makes you take notice, but also delivers on its promise with some brutal breakdowns and great guitar and drum work throughout.
4. Trojan Hyena
We've been sitting on a submitted track called "Casey Anthony (Burn Bitch Burn)" since shortly after the infamous mother was found not guilty in July.
But despite the now-slightly-dated title, the track has held up and its driving guitars, hard rock sensibilities and lyrics "inspired by sensationalism, innocence destroyed, and the failure of humanity in general" made it worth showcasing here.
The song is one of five recordings put out recently by local drummer Darrell High (Keystone Coyote) under the pseudonym Trojan Hyena. The songs by Trojan Hyena are ones that provide a snapshot of High's heavier side as a musician — the majority of his work is in an Americana vein.
"Singing is probably the strangest thing to me as I don’t really fancy myself much of one," writes High, underselling himself as many a musician would. "I have around 60+ original tunes with a majority being Americana, with some hard rock, metal, and techno type chill thrown in."
In addition to recording his own tracks, the multi-intrumentalist plays various gigs around town and has served as a fill in drummer for bands such as Coretz & The Killers and more.
Check out more on Trojan Hyena at Reverbnation.
5. Live band Hip-Hop
Sonic Six-Pack is where we choose a theme or genre and provide links to six tracks you can go check out that fit this style. This week's theme, inspired by a couple great performances from local bands (top two links) at last Friday's ListenUp Birthday Bash, is hip-hop music made by a live band:
- The first demo "Intro" from Georgetown's The Mint
- "Rhytyms of The Universe" album by Myrtle Beach's Ques Bois
- The Roots perform live on Jimmy Fallon with Yo Gabba Gabba
- "Chronicles of Hashy Larry" Mixtape from Brooklyn's Shinobi Ninja
- "5ves" one of the best tracks from Minnesota's Heiruspecs, a live hip-hop band that alot of people still don't know about.
- "The 5 Best Hip-Hop Bands, Not Inlcuding The Roots" article from XXL Magazine.