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.
“F.U.N.,” slyly stands for “Fucked Up Night,” is pretty much a perfect summer party anthem. The song — which comes in a time of 4 minutes, 20 seconds — is about the highs and lows of getting wasted and features fun and clever with lyrics such as “I’m seeing things and I wish that all of it was real/ But my love for everyone is the only thing I feel.”
Like most of the band’s music, the track is undeniably laid-back, but it also carries an incredible energy that sets up great for live performance with a chorus of cheers placed nicely within the hook. One of the album’s guest players, local horn player Rob Flack, adds a great sax accent and a nice little solo in the middle which reminds us of something straight out of a DMB or O.A.R. track.
Check out the band’s Facebook page for more details on the CD Release Party featuring Below The Bassline and Skitch or see more of their music at Reverbnation.
Wonder Shakedown “Missing Piece”
Formed about 3 years ago, these rockers out of Aynor have been performing around Myrtle Bach since January 2009. Originally a trio consisting of Justin Maitland (vocals/guitars/synth), Tim Harwick (vocals/guitars/synth), and Caleb LaBarre (drums), the band later added a fourth member, Devin Primrose (bass).
The song "Missing Piece" is was written early last year and has become a hit with the band’s group of local fans.
“It's basically the story of a guy who broke up with his girlfriend in order to achieve his dreams in life but realizes that something is missing when he's not with her and that she is the missing piece to his life,” explains the band.
The group is currently working on material for a new EP and have taken to the internet in order to help raise funds for the project. Using the website FeedTheMuse.net, the group is soliciting donations from friends, family and fans with hopes of raising $1,500 to help record the five-song effort which will be simply titled “!”
In just over a week, Wonder Shakedown has already raised $250 toward the cause and hopes to hit the studio around the end of July and should have the EP available to the public by the end of August or early September. From there, they are looking to hit the road and plan to embar on their first tour, a week long regional run that will dip down into Florida, up through Georgia, and back into the Carolinas.
Head over to Feed The Muse to donate a few bucks to the cause or check out Wonder Shakedown on Facebook and Twitter.
The Creepshow MoFo "Stronger Than Pain"
This track comes to us from a recently-released demo by Myrtle Beach metalheads The Creepshow MoFo. This group consists of Jack "Mehoff" Flanders (vocals), Scott "Sweet Pea" Sanders (guitar), Seth "Tar Baby" Greeson (drums) and Chance "Pops" Mullins (bass).
Having come together recently, the group specializes in a blend of in-your-face music they call Swamp Metal, which draws from a variety of Southern metal influences with a little Thrash, Hardcore and rap metal thrown in for good measure.
The song "Stronger Than Pain," starts off as most of their tracks with guitars a blazing and in full on thrash mode. Flanders growling vocals blend in with a scream before romping through a variety of strong verses filled with almost-rapped lyrics. What falls in between are screeching guitars that seem heavily influenced by the late great Dimebag Darrell and a growling chorus.
The track somes to a close with an unexpected homage to Bone Thugs N Harmony's classic "Thuggish Ruggish Bone," bleeding out with the following screamed passage: "We're not against rap/we're not against rappers/ but we are against those THUGS!/THUGS! THUGS! THUGS!"
The band is currently working on tightening up its set before heading out for a set of shows in Florida and Georgia over the next two months.