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10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013
Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases down the miscreants, who turn out to be six orphan children. He has no recourse to the law, for the corrupt local sheriff takes most of the proceeds of their thievery in exchange for not putting them in an orphanag e. They are charming rogues who are in turn charmed by him. Disliking their arrangement with the sheriff, they stow away with him, and he finds himself becoming a reluctant stepfather. Thanks to their enthusiasm and incredible mechanical know-how, he begins to make a name for himself on the racing circuit. But the sheriff doesn't take kindly to losing his extra income.. "People We Know, Pullman Strike's 2011 LP, has all the swing and twang of a respectable country record. Yet, it still has roots in the sweat-and-PBR of punk and hardcore, as evidenced by the caustic sneer on "Springtime" or the menacing drums and take-this-job-and-shove-it message of "Work." (Even David Allan Coe's "Take This Job and Shove It" was a Johnny Paycheck hit before Dead Kennedys got to it.) And while Pullman Strike isn't the only current Charlotte band making this connection — Scowl Brow is another — it seems the country-punk marriage just keeps getting stronger." Corbie Hill - Creative Loafing "...it feels reductive to call Pullman Strike just an alt-country band. The sextet's work today shows a steadily developing ensemble still finding ways to cultivate the middle ground between indie rock crunch and country creak. " Bryant Reed - Charlotte Viewpoint "Pullman Strike is a sextet bringing you a wonderful mash up of indie, stoner rock and Americana. Their latest album features heartfelt love songs alongside gut-wrenching melodies about loss and loneliness" Jenny Lou Bennett - Shutter 16 " All of these guys grew up on a huge dose of Tom Petty and old country but still had a love for the DIY ethic of punk and indie music. Their sound brings to mind Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, early Lucero, Slobberbone mixed with the slacker aesthetic of Dinosaur Jr." Justin - PunkNews "...Switching from the upbeat mood of the night, Pullman Strike transitioned the evening's atmosphere to a family affair. Starting off strong, slowing it down, and then picking it right back up, their sound kept me on my figurative toes with beautiful melodies pieced together with harmonies supporting meandering lyrics. Pullman Strike is great at what they do and I thoroughly enjoyed watching their set." Dane Abernathy - Shutter 16 "Charlotte's answer to Uncle Tupelo."—Bryan Reed "I always get these guys and Paxton Strike confused." -bastard_squad Releases: "2010 Demo" CD (self released) "Live & Acoustic @ The Milestone" digital (self released) "People We Know" CD/digital (Self Aware Records) Tyler Brown
Music in North Carolina has gained a lot of notoriety on a national and even international scale in recent years, in a multitude of genres. From folk/Americana to metal, hardcore, and punk rock, and even to the upper echelons of mainstream hip hop, the North State has put itself on the map by producing some of the world's most diverse, driven, and sincere artists. Charlotte, North Carolina's Tyler Brown is no stranger to this atmosphere. Growing up, Brown started playing violin in a strings ensemble for school before his tenth birthday. By thirteen, he had moved to guitar and shortly after began writing music with a hardcore band called Within Reach while he was still in high school. The energy and positive messages he became familiar with in the hardcore community had a huge impact on Brown in his youth, which you can hear most expressly in the lyrics of his solo music, as well as the more chaotic sounds of the post-hardcore powerhouse that goes by the name Richard Parker, in which Brown plays the role of lead vocalist. "One way the aggressive music I grew up on still influences is me is definitely in my writing style, which tends to be very straightforward,' says Brown. "I've always been attracted to being able to say what you want, without having to dance around it." If you take a listen to any of Tyler's solo work, you'll certainly agree. Comeback City, Brown's phenomenal first EP, is more reminiscent of singer/songwriters like Ryan Adams and Nick Drake. You hear soaring, atmospheric, folk-tinged songs of a tormented young man trying to make sense of the world around him in a quality that is beautiful and cinematic, but never overzealous, with lines that get stuck in your head for days. Brown's most recent project, The Hollows, showcases a songwriter that's more confident with his ideas and who is more aware of his strengths as a songwriter. Brown consistently pulls off the tricky feat of playing moodier and darker, while at the same time providing this sonically patient, comforting feeling that perpetuates through the entire song. It's something that lets the listener know that something is wrong, there is a violent hurricane out there, but if you allow yourself to be resilient, you can be assured that whatever bad things are happening will let up soon and you will know peace again. "What's most appropriately relative," says Brown, "is that I believe in love and I believe in reason, so I keep faith in those things, and I believe in sharing these things with everyone I come in contact with, because there's no time not to. Going around without hope or faith defeats life's whole significance." Simply put, Brown is growing into a better writer; his songs are becoming more real, and more uniquely his own. Lions to LAMBS
In 1979 they were created by Jesus to rip it harder than any human ever. They have condensed over 60 collective years of rippin' it into one band. ps. Huey Lewis is the working mans band man mans band main.