Live Music: Heyrocco; Lectra Lust; Sandanistas; Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery

Great live music to check out this week

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JONATHAN BONCEK
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SYNTH POP | Lectra Lust
Thurs. Dec. 31
9 p.m.
$125-$175
Aboard the Yorktown, Patriot’s Point

On Footnotes, the 2014 EP by Charleston quartet Lectra Lust, the old-school analog synths of the late ’70s and early ’80s reign supreme. The icy, outmoded keyboards create layers of atmosphere around singer/keyboardist Joe Davies’ tales of love, devotion, and heartache, while his cohorts create propulsive, danceable rhythms. It’s a sound that has throwback elements, for sure, but Davies likes to think of their sound as a hybrid of old and new. “I’ve always loved ’80s new wave and that kind of synth sound,” he says. “But you can do that and fuse it with a little more modern touch of indie rock.” And what about his preference for the vintage instruments? “Actually, a lot of people are reverting back to analog instruments these days, instead of being part of the whole digital DJ world, because you have to know how to play the instruments; there’s no cheating. If you mess up, you mess up, but there’s a lot of control you can have over the sounds once you learn how to work the hardware.” The band has been holed up for most of this year working on a new album, so Davies says that when they get a chance to play live, they make it memorable. “Lights, fog, banter, outfits, and the sound is as loud as we can get,” he says. “We don’t play that often, so when we do, there has to be some kind of dramatic presence or spectacle that will get people going. No one in this band wants the crowd standing around.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL | Secret Guest and Heyrocco
Secret Guest
Thurs. Dec. 31
9 p.m.
Free
Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

Heyrocco
w/ DJ Party Mix
Thurs. Dec. 31
9 p.m.
Free
Tattooed Moose, Downtown

The Tattooed Moose is brewing up a rock party this New Year’s Eve — at both locations — with no cover. If you’re lurking downtown, you’ll find self-described Disney-grunge trio Heyrocco, fresh from another fanfare-filled trip to the U.K. The party theme is 16 Candles, so come in your prettiest chiffon dress and floral crown and prepare to celebrate with Champagne Jell-O shots and a Champagne of Beers toast at midnight. Meanwhile on Johns Island, Brett Nash and his ’90s-friendly rock ‘n’ rollers Secret Guest will groove into 2016 with a ’90s-themed party featuring throwback singles you forgot you loved. Costumes are encouraged, so channel your inner Daria and get ready to confidently and drunkenly give 2015 the middle finger.

—Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY
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CHAMBER FOLK | Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery
Fri. Jan. 1
10 p.m.
Free
The Mill

At its best, the music of Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery quietly works its way into the listener’s head, relying more on insinuation, emotionally entwined harmony vocals, and haunting atmospheres than flash or volume. Their song “Cave of Clouds,” from their most recent album, Alyosha, is a good place to start. A hushed, circular riff hangs in the background while the dreamy duet vocals between Powell and guest vocalist Nancy Furness twist around each other in an emotional ascent. It’s a low-key but intense moment. There are places on the album that recall the massed voices of the Fleet Foxes and the cavernous sound of My Morning Jacket. The band, named after one of the earliest Western films, formed in 2011 in Anderson, Ind. after Powell moved from Florida to continue his education. The lineup has always been fluid, and Powell is the primary songwriter. After recording two relatively standard Appalachian-Americana-style albums, Powell changed things up a bit for Alyosha. The new work combines a psychedelically experimental style of electric rock and folk influences, creating a sort of lush sound with an air of mystery and mysticism. Powell and producer Jonathan Class collaborated extensively on the album’s sound before they started recording, and the atmosphere is one of pinprick precision inside an eerie stillness. Put that together with Powell’s penchant for lyrics that lean more toward the poetic than the literal, and the album is a compelling work that never fully reveals its inner workings. —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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PUNK | Sandinistas
w/ The Black Iron Gathering
Sat. Jan. 2nd
9 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Charleston four-piece the Sandinistas is a (mostly) Clash cover band who formed in 2007. At first, the band played only the legendary punk band’s 1997 debut album, and then learned a second set’s worth of Clash favorites. The response from their first shows was so strong that they decided to expand their repertoire, learning 65 Clash songs from albums like London Calling, Combat Rock, Give’em Enough Rope and yes, Sandinista. In 2011, after four years playing the material of one band, the group redesigned themselves as a different group, incorporating some of the best college and indie-rock bands of the ’80s and ’90s. Their current setlist includes nostalgic favorites by the Pixies, the Replacements, Devo, XTC, and Camper Van Beethoven, but they also include more recent material by Green Day, Social Distortion, Beck, Ween, the White Stripes, and Kings of Leon. Onstage, the band can typically pack 35 to 40 songs into a set, and they claim they never play the same set twice. Guitarist Chris Oplinger, bassist Eric Atwood, and drummer Mike Watson keep the rhythms hot, while singer/guitarist Kevin McCrary goes for maximum crowd involvement, which often finds him leaping into the audience to let them take over a chorus or inviting people onstage to sing. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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