What better way to wrap up the fleeting month of February than to take a walk on the wild side with the band AntiSeen, the slapdash kings of raucous rock, live Saturday at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte.
“If,” as legendary rock journalist Lester Bangs believed, “the main reason we listen to music in the first place is to hear passion expressed,” well, AntiSeen is nigh onto besotted as known believers in rock ’n’ roll action.
Begun in 1983 and based in Charlotte, this pack of rockers were instantly viewed as outlaws. Even their name proclaimed that goal by its misspelling to forever label them as upstarts rejecting the in-crowd, going rogue against the status quo i.e. anti-scene.
Simply put, AntiSeen out-punked punk, embracing a dive bomber songwriting style that goes in fast, hits hard, then it’s over. Songs were short, designed to quickly make their point.
One advantage of this rapid fire stance meant that if a song didn’t appeal to you, hang on, there’s another one coming right up, somewhat like The Ramones. But, AntiSeen was a bit more feral.
They carved their own musical niche as often illustrated by front man Jeff Clayton’s bashed and bleeding forehead. Their ‘destructo rock’ vision along with a working class meets pro-wrestling clash kept their live rock shows “colorful.”
In 1993, founding members Clayton and Joe Young along with Tom O’Keefe and Greg Clayton made up what’s termed the “Eat Mor Possum” lineup, referring to the title of their 1993 album. Current personnel includes Jeff Clayton, vocals; Joe Young, guitar; plus Jon Bowman, bass and Phil Keller, drums.
Overall, the band has stayed active ever since, with US tours, five European tours, 50 album releases worldwide, and much more as they championed their “southern punk” rock ’em sock ‘em vision.
Fans and friends can look forward to a reunion of that epic 1993 squad gathering to revisit the spectacle of those glory days with a grand slam throwdown.
Be forewarned, live AntiSeen is high energy with no holds barred, but have no fear — it’s art and it’s only rock ’n’ roll.
Roll with the power of AntiSeen live, along with Seducer and Dirty South Revolutionaries Saturday at Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave., Charlotte. For more show info, call 704-343-9494, go to tremontmusichall.com, or find the venue on Facebook. Encounter music details at antiseen.com and facebook.com/pages/ANTiSEEN.
Blessed by an eclectic mix of musical styles and instrumentation, The Holy Ghost Tent Revival sets up their goodtime music crusade live Saturday at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte.
With an energetic groove and toe-tapping magic, this Greensboro band blasts their brand of “old-timey newgrass-tinged folk pop” filled with enough fun and flash to make audiences into believers.
Brass, banjo, guitar, bass, drums and keys are wielded by Stephen Niall Murray, Matthew Elliott Martin, James Ross Montsinger, Kevin Williams, Henry Napheys Widmer and Charles Perkins Humphrey, who create their signature spirited good- time music. Get ready for foot-stomping, energy-romping salvation of sound from the Holy Ghost Tent Revival plus The Corduroy Road, Saturday at The Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. Call 704-358-9200 or check visulite.com for show info. For verse, chapter and chorus on the music, visit holyghostrevival.com.
Get into a dynamic dress up mood and celebrate the band Tattermask’s 5th anniversary Saturday at Firewater 110 in Rock Hill. Christened the “Tattermasquerade Costumed Rock Show,” the band will celebrate their milestone with hard rockin’ whimsy, alt-metal fun, and costumed finery.
The digital release of the band’s newest single “No More” will also be part of the festivities. Beads will be awarded by the band to costumed and masked attendees, plus the club will give a prize for ‘best in costume’ that night.
Joining the gala bill will be several other popular area bands including Culprit Strain, Decadence, Absoulute Convixtion, Dr. Cirkustien and Chemical Red. Doors will open at 7:30 for pre-concert ‘mingling.’ Showtime is 8 p.m. for the “Tattermasquerade Costumed Rock Show” Saturday at Firewater 110, 110 Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Call the club at 329-2710 or visit tattermask.com for more event and music scoop.
• Friday: Chubby Knuckles at The Kickin Pig, Rock Hill; Madmen Productions at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; The Hyde Band at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Tyler Brown, Old Soles, Unifier, Hemp Hill at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Badfish, Sun Dried Vibes, Southside Rhythm at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Tiny Boxes at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Motel Glory, Bad Talk, Rejectioneers, Dead Rabbits at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Chambers Broken at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Gareth Asher, Davin McCoy at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; Pam Taylor Band and Junque Gallery at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Dellamorte, Thunderbear, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; Shot Silk, Deep Sky, The Situationals at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; RB Morris at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Drop It Hard with Adventure Club, Rob Banks, Kyle Biddy and Sakato at The Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and The Lenny Federal Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Chase Rice with guest opener the Josh Sawyer Band at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; Allen Barrington at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Sun Dried Vibes at The Kickin Pig, Rock Hill; The Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Donna Duncan Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Day Joy, Onward Soldiers, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Funk Rush at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Hungry Girl, The Luciferian Agenda, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Sunset Strip at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Honeycutters at The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Tantrum at Big Al’s Pub, Charlotte; The Relics at The Comet Grill, Charlotte; Jerrod Nieman, Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; The Barbed Wires at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; A Night in Rio- the Brazilian Carnaval Experience at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and Nathan Angelo, Chris Ayer, Jesse Ruben at the Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Sunday: Mary Gauthier, Scott Nolan at Evening The Muse, Charlotte; Foxygen, Blossoms at Snug Harbor, Charlotte and The Merrows at RiRa Irish Pub, Charlotte.
• Monday: Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte and Knockturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door In, Charlotte; Country Tuesday at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; George Terry at Jeff’s Bucket Shop, Charlotte and Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Stooges Pub, Mint Hill.
• Wednesday: Wayne Hancock at Double Door Inn, Charlotte and My Excuse, Gogo Pilot at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte.
• Thursday: Mod Sun and Cisco Adler at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte and Donna the Buffalo at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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