Wed, Dec 06 • 7:00PM
The Atlanta Room
DYLAN SWINSON / P'ZZYFOOT / WOLVES AMONG RAVENS
$8 AT DOOR
Dylan Swinson began playing guitar at the age of 10 in his childhood home in Summerville, South Carolina. He was inspired when his mother would play some of her favorite cds while dropping him off at school. These included albums from Better Than Ezra, The Cure, and Edwin McCain. One day, she puts in Jeff Buckley's Grace and Dylan was immediately hooked on the album. After watching Buckley's "Live in Chicago" DVD, he knew he wanted to learn how to be a musician.
With his father being in the Air Force, Dylan and his family moved to Dover, Delaware in 2005. It was here where Dylan discovered his love for Pop Punk and Alternative Rock music as they were some of the most popular music genres in the school music scene. He started writing lyrics in his Freshman year at Caesar Rodney High School; but it wasn't until his Junior year that he started composing music for them. He spent his Senior year recording his first demo and playing garage and school coffeehouse shows around the area.
During his time in Delaware, Dylan was contacted by Keith Urban's manager and was very impressed by his YouTube cover of Urban's "You'll Think of Me". The team used part of Dylan's cover video for a mini montage with other Youtuber's versions of the song to play on the screen during the Escape Together world tour in 2009. So you can say that Dylan Swinson went on tour with Keith Urban....kind of.
In 2011, Dylan moved back to Charleston, South Carolina the day after his high school graduation. He began playing open mics around the area while attending The Art Institute of Charleston for Filmmaking. After graduating from The Art Institute in 2014, Dylan used his Graduation money to record his first EP "Freedom & Solitude", leaning toward an Acoustic Alternative Singer/Songwriter feel. It was released on July 15, 2015.
Dylan currently records music at Hybrid Audio Solutions in Charleston, South Carolina with producers Thomas O' Brien (Trick Knee), Chris Viera, and Alan Price (Madam Adam). After meeting O' Brien at an open mic at the legendary Windjammer in Isle of Palms, he invited Dylan to the studio after being impressed with his powerhouse performance. Dylan currently releases singles periodically and has gone on to play in Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; and Savannah, GA. He was awarded i93.7 Walterboro's Male Singer/Songwriter of the year and took home two Independent Tone Awards (Upcoming Alternative Rock Artist and Upcoming Rock Artist) in 2016.
Dylan views songwriting as a way to not only express himself, but also to spread a message to people. Whether it is a message about unity, self image, or following your dreams, Dylan hopes to inspire people that it is never too late to follow your dreams and work for them no matter who is for you or against you. Believe in yourself when no one else will.
Crossing the threshold into a Pzzyfoot performance, you’re more than likely to lose yourself to a wave of hypnotic energy. Smashed between rollicking melody, flirtatious rhythm, and rowdy cheers from the crowd, the Atlanta quartet’s mesmerizing command of the stage offers the audience the opportunity to lose themselves in the experience.
Steadily climbing their way to notoriety across south-eastern music scenes, Pzzyfoot has spent the last two years crafting a live performance that is dynamic, charming and unabashedly fun. Since their 2015 formation, the band’s founding members, Jamera Simmons (vocals), Julio Miranda (guitar), Monty Conner (bass) and drummer Joey Smith (who joined in 2016) have tirelessly worked to hone Pzzyfoot into a tight unit.
Painting with an amalgamation of influences, PzzyFoot approaches their music like a blank musical canvas; taking smatterings of soul, pop and ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that resonates with brazen spirit. The band — voted “Best Pop Group” in Creative Loafing Atlanta's 2016 Readers Choice Awards — now have their sights set on pressing their electric live performance on to record.
“Religion,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming debut album, is a track that encapsulates both Pzzyfoot’s pop sensibilities and the thematic intentions of the group. Upgrading from the raw, live-tracked energy of their previous Avatar EP, the in-house production of “Religion” (provided by Miranda) exhibits the kind of impact a group can have when fully immersing themselves in the performance and assembly of their album.
Written by Jamera as a testament of omnipotent love for her family, her band and the world at large, like a siren’s song “Religion” beckons the listener to let their guard down and embrace their music wholeheartedly.
“Love me like it’s your religion — Fall down on your knees, step into my love light” Jamera declares, anchoring the recording with the same alluring and resonant voice that makes their live performances so vibrant.
In a world that craves a little extra soul-power, “Religion” proves to be a much-needed dose of musical uplift ;
And with a tentative summer album release planned, Pzzyfoot’s formal debut is shaping up to be quite a lively introduction.
WOLVES AMONG RAVENS
In late December of 2012, the gods of rock gifted us with the creation of Breathing Kansas, a mysterious rock n’ roll power trio out of Northeast Georgia. An equal balance of hair and talent, the rockers look to influences such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, and the Beatles to refine their sound. As of 2016 they now have their debut EP "Retrograde" distributed across the globe and were recently nominated for "Best Rock Act of 2016" at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.
With intricate, sweeping guitar solos, bombastic bass lines, elegant vocal harmonies, and a deluge of beautifully articulated drum fills, Breathing Kansas is developing into a musical powerhouse destined to reshape the music industry.