Though traditionally a time of sacrifice for religious purposes, there's no reason to give up your love of great music this Ash Wednesday. Instead, embrace these three songs from local artists in our weekly Featured Listens column.
Gray Click "Moonlight"
This Socastee High School graduate has been bringing his catchy, feel good acoustics to the Myrtle Beach music scene for some time.
"Moonlight" is a pretty straight-forward song about a girl, the pulse of the night, and the initial chase involved and holds a special place in the artists heart as a reminder of a particular woman in his life. It has been a staple of his live sets recently and Click calls it "one of the most fun songs to play."
Though he hasn't put out an official album, Click has compiled recordings with prolific local producer Brian McKenzie — who he also performs with — and plans to assemble them for a release soon. Within the past year, he's written songs such as "Play The Fool," "Make It Through The Night" and other originals which have been added to the list of material which he says he anticipates moving forward on recordings in the near future.
Right now, the duo of Click and McKenzie are working on adding a rhythm section to the fold.
"There is a unique kind of magic in the duo aspect between McKenzie (lead guitar, mandolin, banjo) and I, and an intimacy in me playing completely solo, but I feel that rounding it out with a full band will really bring these songs to life the way they were envisioned and maybe something you can dance to as well," he says.
The pair will perform March 25 with Drew Jacobs and The Sauce at the Island Bar & Grill Surfside. In addition you can listen to Click's other recordings and download "Moonlight" at http://soundcloud.com/grayclick.
Swift B feat. Dyne "Superman"
It's sad to say, but this appears to be the first R&B track we've ever featured in this column, which probably speaks a little to the state of the genre in our area. So needless to say, it's good to see some young artists such as 19-year-olds Donovan "Swift B" Brown and Randall "Dyne" Greene holding it down locally.
Both artists have been working on making music more than a hobby since an early age and met as classmates at North Myrtle Beach High School after Swift B moved to the area from Cleveland, Ohio, a few years back. Since then, the duo has been working together writing their own music and focusing on "bringing more diversity into the music industry from our own perspective through our music."
"Superman," a smooth track about always being there for your girl, is one of a few songs the pair has released off their upcoming mixtape which will be called "Out of This Zone."
Hey Dude "Apparently Brittany Is a Good Place to End"
Since froming in 2007, this six-piece band has been spreading its blend of catchy powerpop lyrics and melodies and powerful hardcore rhytyms and vocals across the area and beyond.
Consisting of Jake Anderson (Vocals), Adam Hendrix (Vocals), Bradley Benson (Guitar/Vocals), Guy Lavalouis (Guitar/Vocals), Adam Tyler-(Bass) and Eric Sessions (Drums), Hey Dude has a unique power to move crowds and brings a devoted base of young fans to singalong at nearly every outing.
In addition to having an interesting title, the song "Apparently Brittany..." is a solid pop-punk outing which saunters along happily for 2-plus minutes before throwing in a chanegup with some growling vocals in throbbing guitars toward the end.
The band is currently using the track as a rallying cry to try and garner some votes in the Ernie Ball's Battle of the Bands 15, in which bands from across the country compete through online vote for one of 250 slots on the Vans Warped Tour 11 in cities across the U.S.