The Decent Lovers w/Lazerblade

When: Sat., Jan. 19 2013

witty folk-inspired pop, 8 p.m. The cover to the Decent Lovers' Quit Trying features the Asheville-based electro-pop band standing on top of a pickup truck brandishing guns and waving an American flag. However, head Lover Elijah Wyman wants it known that he and his bandmates "don't hoard ammo for the apocalypse and I'm not an NRA member." As for the guns, Wyman says, "We've spent hours as a band plinking cans with Red Riders and popping balloons with slingshots ... We're not making a statement or being ironic. It's just something we do for fun." Speaking of fun, Quit Trying is a spirited little romp through the woods of Appalachia — that is, if the woods were lit up like Christmas trees and the rustling of leaves sounded like an autoharp. "Decent Lovers came from an obsession with Appalachian instruments and radio pop, trying to make new pop with a completely wrong set of tools," Wyman says. "I've spent a few years playing, breaking, and rebuilding autoharps, trying to make them sound not terrible." He adds, "I love marginalized instruments." Well, here's hoping that the Decent Lovers don't stay on the margins for any longer. —Chris Haire

Price: $5

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