When: Sat., March 16 2013
metal, 7 p.m.
Affectation’s Ashley Lawson can go from singing a sweet melody to belting out a Cookie Monster growl quicker than you can say, “Knell before Zod.” Case in point: the debut self-titled LP from Summerville metal act Affectation, featuring Lawson (vocals/guitars), Jennifer Lewis (vocals/guitars), Derek Jaggers (bass), and Derrick Ouzts (drums). “The band was hesitant when I introduced the screaming into some of our songs, but I had a bigger vision for us,” Lawson says. “The combination of punk, pop, metal, hardcore, singing, screaming — I could go on and on — allows us to share the stage with acoustic artists, rock acts, and straight-up metal shows. I dig diversity.” And sometimes you can hear Lawson and company’s love for variety in one single song, in particular “West Flown LA,” which veers from Tool-ish prog-metal to Breeders-esque grunge to the aforementioned Cookie Monster growling. “This song was definitely meant to be very punk-sounding and fast-paced,” Lawson says. “It’s catchy and easy to follow along with, and I think that’s why people seem to like it so much.” The track, along with the rest of Affectation’s debut, is well worth a listen. —Chris Haire SATURDAY