Mon, Dec 05 • 7:00PM
The Atlanta Room
SON & THIEF / VERSPERTEEN / WANDERWILD
$8 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF
SON & THIEF
Son & Thief is a post-garage band that smartly emerges from the Athens indie rock scene, re-inspired with the restless mind’s sensibilities. In the years leading up to the group’s formation, singer Shane Toriscelli crafted a number of works with the sole purpose of chronicling his very human experiences. During the fall of 2014, Toriscelli forged Son & Thief as the vessel that would house these songs. Soon, Shane sought out the abilities of guitarist and friend Deane Lawton, whose quiet vibrant style fleshed perfectly within Son & Thief’s vast atmosphere.
Drawing on the impressions of bands such as Bon Iver, Wilco, Valley Maker, and Beach House, Son & Thief’s variable style recounts the inner monologues of a man unearthing his own wisdom. He pleads for honest understanding and affection through navigating young love. He speaks with biting veracity and sobering mindfulness. He sings with haunting innocence that shepherds a rhythm section with ebb and flow that is brilliant and warm. This results from the band’s attention to tone and soundscape, affording them unique aural maturity and sonic range.
Refreshingly forthright, Son & Thief is complete in intention. They are humble, distinguished, and compellingly relatable, all at once.
Colin Rigsby does many things well but domesticity is not one of them. Rigsby, who has been playing drums since the age of 12, took a stab at civilian life following more than a decade of writing, recording, and touring the world with hisband House of Heroes, but it didn’t take very well. After the band had started to wind down I tried to take a break from music and be very domesticated and get into other hobbies, he said. Nothing really stuck and I asked a friend who's a local promoter to throw me on as an acoustic opener for any shows he had. I fleshed out a bunch of unfinished songs I had started over the years and just started figuring out how to be a solo guy playing guitar and singing. What started out as a remedy for restlessness, however, soon developed into a full-blown passion and the beginnings of Rigsby’s new solo project--Vesperteen. Within a few months of going solo Rigsby had penned a new batch of songs and teamed up with his good friend and accomplished music producer, Jesse Cale, to p roduce Vesperteen’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in September 2015. Vesperteen’s pop/rock sound, reminiscent of bands like The 1975 and Bleachers, has connected with a large audience. In just over a year, Rigsby has accrued more than 10,000 followers across social media platforms and generated 150,000 plays on Spotify as an independent artist. Additionally, Vesperteen has toured the Midwest and opened for several national acts including Family Force Five and Layne. The goal, said Rigsby, is to play as many shows as possible, record more music and to continue connecting with his audience in meaningful ways. I want people to hear ideas they’ve never considered, feel things along with me, find some solidarity, exorcise some demons and move their bodies, he said. Vesperteen recently released a new single, What We Could Have Been, on Sept. 16 an d will be touring extensively this fall.
ATHENS BASED WANDERWILD
is Matt Martin, Wes Gregory, Ian White, and Taylor Cotton. The project was initially crafted as a solo venture for Martin, who used Wanderwild to house his output as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. In early 2017, the project found new exciting territory. Quickly after the release of Fleeting, Wanderwild transitioned from being a solo venture with a rotating cast of live players to a stable lineup of collaborators. With the addition of Wes Gregory on drums, Ian White on guitar, and Taylor Cotton on bass, the band began working on a new LP. In Due Time builds on the musical and lyrical themes established in Fleeting, while also welcoming brand new aesthetics and approaches. With heightened dynamic range and diverse production techniques, In Due Time is an exercise in artistic flexibility, while being an undeniably exciting listening experience.