Featured Listens is a weekly column which highlights three songs by artists from around the Grand Strand in an effort to help promote local music.
The Drag "Fountainbleau"
Having heard such high praise of the band — which featured Chance Walls (vocals), Billy King (bass), Chris Tucker (drums), Trey McManus (lead guitar), Nick McNeil (guitar), Rob Gainer (audio engineer) — we half-expected to be disappointed by the final result.
Instead this mid-90s masterpiece holds up amazingly well, filled with catchy pop-like hooks, and full-on rock attitude. For those who came up during that time the spacy vocals and shoegaze instrumental distortion are a throwback to an era of Britpop-influenced tunes, but for the younger set who missed this genre the first time around The Drag may be a fresh alternative to the autotuned vocals and overly produced creations of today.
While the album is remembered for great selections such as the infectious single “Our Race Cars” and songs like “Quiet Feel” and “Eat Your Heart Out” its the 8-minute “Fountainbleau” that rang truest with us, showcasing the ups and downs of what The Drag was all about musically.
Get a bigger dose of The Drag by purchasing the album at Amazon, checking out the “Our Race Cars” video on YouTube or reading the story of the band via Weekly Surge.
Keith Patterson “Rain”
Tennesee-born, Myrtle Beach-based Blues guitarist Keith Patterson is something of an anamoly in the music world. As humble as he is talented, Patterson has played in bands around Myrtle Beach since the early 80s and is obviously enamored with the area and supporting the people and places that have kept him inspired over the years.
Recently, he decided to step up to the forefront and take his destiny in his own hands by writing and recording his first self-made album. With the release of “Stone Cold & Blue” this spring, Patterson has seen a sudden wave of success with his record getting a lot of response online and media attention from as far away as New Zealand. In addition songs such as the albums title track “Stone Cold & Blue,” “Rain,” and “Fascination” are getting airplay across the country and overseas on about 150 radio stations, including our own Wave 104.1.
With a stable of top-notch musicians waiting in the wings— including Crocodile Rocks veterans Mark Kaufman (keys/production) and Daniel Korzelius (vocals), David Wright (drums/bass), Abigail Brown (vocals) and even Brian McKenzie (guitars/mixing) — the Keith Patterson band is poised for some big gigs this fall with plans to visit Texas and various spots up the East Coast.
“Rain,” the slowest of the album’s three singles (and Patterson's most-recent video), is a simple and uplifting tune that highlights Patterson’s distinctive wailing guitar skills and Korzelius soulful vocals. According to Patterson, the decidedly Bluesy track has been seen a bit of crossover appeal, being played on country stations overseas.
Patterson will host a CD Release Party at Mama Rue’s Blues Garden in Pawlyes Island on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. Go listen to more of his music at Reverbnation or pick up a copy of the CD at CD Baby or at Sound Systems music store on S.C. 544 near Surfside Wal-Mart.
All For All “Never Enough”
Formed about 5 months ago, All For All is a melodic hardcore band that is among a group of young acts trying to resurrect the local hardcore scene. The band consists of: David Spang (Vocals), Scott Covino (Lead Guitar), Cody Neal (Rhythm Guitar), Brian Hungerford (Bass) and Justin Zuczek (Drums).
The band recently release a 5-song EP “Tidelands” which was recorded at Legend Recordings in Charlotte, N.C. It features the track “Never Enough,” which is a song about putting your all into doing something for someone and how many of the things you do for others go unappreciated.
Fresh off of a show at the Peanut Warehouse with The Classic Struggle and Hundredth in early June, the band hopes to continue to build its following despite a lack of venues the support their music. The group remains positive though, that the upcoming addition of the Mass Ave. music venue in October will provide an opportunity.
“We really hope that the combination of the new venue with a few promising bands will bring Myrtle Beach's hardcore scene back to life,” says Spang.