The Apache Relay & The Lonely Wild

MOKB Sun King Concert Series

Sold Out: The Apache Relay & The Lonely Wild

Promised Land Sound

Fri, February 21, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

LO-FI Lounge

This event is 21 and over

The Apache Relay
The Apache Relay
Michael Ford Jr. was a music business major
when he met The Apache Relay in a Belmont
University dorm. They were already deep into
“a very Americana, very rootsy” sound, and
before long the band was backing up Ford
around campus, and soon everywhere else.
Ford Jr. dropped out of college, and the
group, which at the time included Mike Harris
(guitar, vocals), Brett Moore (keys, guitar,
mandolin), Kellen Wenrich (fiddle, keys)
gigged relentlessly behind their 2009 debut
1988 and 2011’s breakthrough American
Nomad. Midway through their touring in
support of American Nomad Ford, Jr’s brother
joined the band rounding out the group’s line
up and sound. While touring in support of the
album The Apache Relay found themselves
opening for Mumford & Sons and hitting such
festivals as Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival,
Firefly Music Festival, Voodoo Music
Experience, among others.
The writing sessions for their new album, The
Apache Relay, were the first time the
Nashville-based group stopped to catch their
breath in years. Inspired by Shelby Lynne and
Richard Swift, and working with producer
Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Recordings, formerly
known as the famous California studio Sound
City, The Apache Relay shows a band eager
to push past their boundaries, and commitment
to always evolving their sound
The Lonely Wild
The Lonely Wild
“The Lonely Wild’s music is a fresh but familiar, dreamy yet aggressively percussive soundscape. Beautiful and vibrant with a healthy dose of strange, like My Morning Jacket. Vivacious and accessible, L.A.’s current ‘buzz band’ has more than enough potential for longevity and keeping the buzz. Their lack of strict adherence to any discernible genre affords them the freedom to get as weird as they want on their next album and go in pretty much any direction. The greatest gift that artists can give themselves is indefinability from the start, which will give The Lonely Wild the freedom of versatility for the long run.” – Music Connection Magazine

“I needed a cigarette and a damp rag after these guys played. My world exploded that night inside the Constellation Room and I sat there in silence in a sea of people as I rebuilt my mind from the rubble that it was after the Lonely Wild’s last song. Truly excellent display of creativity, passion, and musicianship all wrapped up in a package that is just waiting to be discovered.” — Unearth Music

“The Lonely Wild has produced the best debut of 2013.” – Coachella Valley Weekly

Rarely does a young band emerge with a combination of skills, talents and vision fully developed. But the LA-based quintet The Lonely Wild is that true gem who’s writing and arranging talents are only surpassed by its members’ ability to work seamlessly as a singular, dynamic voice.

Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans such as Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Chris Douridas (KCRW) and Kevin Bronson (BuzzBands LA) on board, and supporting the likes of John Doe, Damien Rice, Phosphorescent, The Elected, Laura Marling and Lord Huron in addition to their sold-out shows at influential venues like the Bootleg, Satellite, and recent headline date at The EchoPlex.
The Lonely Wild’s The Sun As It Comes is a record that reflects upon the times in which we live while taking the listener on a sonic journey of impressive heights.
Promised Land Sound
Promised Land Sound
There was a time, just yesterday in cosmic terms but increasingly difficult for the young'uns to remember, when Chuck Berry provided the essential template for rock and roll bands. These days those bedrock r&b foundations may feel remote, or even archeological, but Nashville country-rock combo Promised Land Sound (formerly Promised Land) chose to begin at the beginning, unselfconsciously; they named themselves after an immortal road-dogging Berry jam and proceeded from there. For such a young band—belying their seasoned and subtle musicianship, they're astonishingly all around or well under the quarter-century mark—they're remarkably attuned to historical precedents, working the same red dirt/swamp boogie and country-fried choogle as the Flying Burritos, Jim Ford, Gene Clark, Jesse Ed Davis, Link Wray, the Band, CCR, Dennis Linde, Johnny Darrell, the Stones, et al. And yet their tweaking of tradition never registers as revivalist or dilettantish, but rather intelligently informed, refreshingly sincere, and reflectively rooted in the highest calibers of Southern vernacular songcraft. The woodshedding and session-vet vibes are palpable, the live show compellingly unhinged and propulsive, all close harmonies, high-Stax changes, and "whoa, did he just do that?" guitar breaks, punctuated by moments of Velvets-style thud.

Promised Land Sound emerged from the fertile Nashville garage scene—members have played with PUJOL, Denney and the Jets, and members of JEFF The Brotherhood and Those Darlins, among others—but they have quickly evolved to deploy a more varied country and soul palette than most of their brethren and sistren. In short order, they've managed to attract the admiration of esteemed folks like fellow Nashvillain Jack White, who released a live 7" of theirs on his Third Man Records. Bassist and singer Joey Scala and his younger brother Evan (drums) originally hail from Roanoke, Virginia but moved to Tennessee in 2000. In another exploration of a venerable American tradition, Joey spent some time hitchhiking around after high school, eventually meeting Nashville lifer and guitar prodigy Sean Thompson and playing in a succession of local bands together before beginning to write in earnest as a team. Keyboard player and pianist Ricardo Alessio tells us he was raised by an insular homeschooling family in Southeast Michigan and classically trained. Luke Schneider sometimes guests on pedal steel. Our slack-jawed reaction upon first hearing Promised Land Sound live at the Stone Fox in Nashville abides: These dudes can play.

Paradise of Bachelors is delighted to release Promised Land Sound's first full-length album, which is currently in the works, co-produced by Nashville guitar wizard (and Hiss Golden Messenger band member) William Tyler and Jem Cohen of the Ettes and the Parting Gifts. Stay tuned for more details, and keep on chooglin'.
Venue Information:
LO-FI Lounge
1043 Virginia Ave #215
Indianapolis, IN, 46203