Before we get into this week's slate of featured bands, let's start off this week by saying thank you to the three bands who participated in the voting for an opening spot for Friday's ListenUp Love Octopus Jones show.
Bamboo Forest, Epic Gents and Conception of Being brought their fans out in full force to help make last week's columns one of our most-read stories ever with more than 800 views and nearly 200 votes cast. Though we wish all of them the best of luck going forward and plan to keep our eye on each band, the fans have voted and the winner is...
The vote was neck-and-neck throughout the week with the bands seesawing back and forth before Bamboo Forest made its final surge to take home 40.6% (71 votes) to Conception of Being's 32.7% (57 votes) to Epic Gents' 26.7% (47 votes).
Bamboo Forest will open Friday's show starting around 8 p.m. so if you were one of the fans who voted for them or liked what you heard from this up-and-coming act please make sure and come out early to support the band. Check out their music in last week's column or at bambooforest.bandcamp.com.
Now onto the task at hand. Here's three great songs from local artists for this week's Featured Listens:
De'Wayne "Apollo" Washington has been making music since age 11. Following his dream by playing in drum corps, marching bands and later turning his attention to emceeing and beatmaking the 24-year-old Georgetown emcee has already accomplished much in his young career including earning a degree from SC State in Orangeburg where he studied music theory and composition.
He has applied this traditional study of music with a more unorthodox southern style to produce and create music which has gotten him recognition both in his home area along the Grand Strand and across the state. Having worked with a ton of different MCs, performed at many regional showcases and hosted Carolina Kingz Radio on Orangeburg's 90.3 FM, Apollo has made quite a name for himself.
Milestone in Oblivion "Savage Scene"
This local prog rock band was originally concieved as a solo project for Stone Clover Studios owner/engineer — and current The IZM bassist — C. M. "Matt" Sellers who put together an album of six tracks in just four days.
However, over time Milestone in Oblivion evolved into a full band with an EP and a live act, before settling back in as a duo with Sellers and good friend Jon Shelton. Now the pair are again working on new material which they hope to record and release by summer.
"Savage Scene" like much of the band's other material is a nice mix of grungy and melodic with simultaneously tortured and tender lyrics. It's put together in a way that is combines elements of metal, rock and alternative of the 80s and 90s for something that feels familiar, yet fresh.
Papa Duke "Angelina"
A Grand Strand resident for nearly 10 years, Detroit native Duke "Papa Duke" Tinnes settled at the beach after his retirment from General Motors in 2001. Though he's known by many as the father of popular area rock-n-roller Sista Otis (aka Marie Tinnes), Tinnes has become much more than just a great musical influence on his daughter.
He is well known member of the musical community, regularly working the open mic circuit around town, he recently performed with Tim Allen's Bluestime at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach and he hosts an open jam on Thursdays at the Tavrne on Broadway Street.
"Angelina" is a classic and easily listenable original by Papa Duke.