Live Music: The Royal Tinfoil, Heyrocco, The Savants of Soul, The Kenny George Band

Great live music to check out this week

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BRASS-SOUL | The Savants of Soul
w/ Ka-Tet
Wed. July 6
10 p.m.
$5
Home Team, Downtown

If only every band knew how to own the look like the Savants of Soul, an always suited-up 1960s, Motown-style band out of Gainesville, Fla. With a troupe that’s 10-members-strong — Justin McKenzie (vocals), Chelsea Oxendine (vocals), Austin Van Wie (guitar), John Gray Shermyen (bass), Zack Emerson (keys), Alex Klausner (drums), Jason Beverung (trombone), David Rinehart (tenor sax), Ray Vigil (bariton/alto sax),and Mandy Moo (trumpet) — the Savants of Soul mean business, y’all. While they get their inspiration from soul artists of yore, their songs are original, and their sound is all their own. You can listen for yourself with their new EP Sunday Best, which they’ll be giving away for free at Home Team tonight. The show is also free for anyone with a college ID. —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY

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POP-GRUNGE | Heyrocco
w/ Prince Rupert & The Moon Moths
Thurs. July 7
9 p.m.
$5/adv.; $7/door
The Commodore

This time last year, Charleston’s ’90s-style rockers had just put out their sophomore album, Teenage Movie Soundtrack. Debuting a new sound straight out of the heyday of Nirvana, Teenage is ripe with sugary vocal hooks and confessional tales of high school woes. Now, Heyrocco is riding the wake of their new EP Waiting on Cool, a six-track release that retains that 1994 vibe while showcasing their maturing songwriting chops. “The stories all come from living day by day,” says drummer Tanner Cooper. The new songs, at their most irreverent, reference Guitar Hero and use the word “doofus,” and at their most serious explore the pains of love and the sometimes unbearable lows of the rock n’ roll lifestyle. Cooper adds, “The transition from the first album was inevitable, because we started living a crazy life.” The band also recently dropped a music video for their single “Build it Up,” an ultra-catchy pop-rock tune that feels like a more gritty Weezer anthem. This current tour will take them all around the East Coast, but Heyrocco plans on visiting the West and spending some time in the UK again. Singer and guitarist Nate Merli even hints at plans for writing an upcoming album. “Brighton has this familiar feeling with the pebble beach and pier,” he says. “I’ve always wanted a few free days there to walk around and think.” —Graham Crolley THURSDAY

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COUNTRY-ROCK | The Kenny George Band
w/ The Piedmont Boys
Thurs. July 7
9:30 p.m.
$10
Pour House

Coming straight out of Aiken, the Kenny George Band is a roughly 50/50 mix of barroom rock and honky-tonk country. It’s a crowd-pleasing combination, but the band felt like their debut studio release, the 2014 EP Gunshy, didn’t quite convey what they were really capable of. Their new live album, which bears the awesomely Southern title Live from Sky City, rectifies that problem. “We’d wanted to do a live record for a while,” George says. “So we decided to record it at the end of the summer after we’d been playing a lot of shows. It felt like we were really on point.” The band sounds loose and raucous on George’s gritty-but-melodic songs, but there’s definitely a little more twang to the band onstage. “I think a lot of the time it feels like the country comes through more live, because of the pedal-steel guitar,” he says. “There’s more of a barroom feel, I guess. The record stuff is much more song-based and a little more lyric driven. Live, it’s a completely different energy.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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AMERICANA | The Royal Tinfoil
w/ Que Lastima and Zoo Peculiar
Fri. July 8
9:30 p.m.
$10
Pour House

A couple of years ago, the Royal Tinfoil, led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Lily Slay and singer/guitarist Mackie Boles, were one of the most popular (and busy) bands in town. Their combination of indie-rock guitar grit and pre-rock ‘n’ roll jazz and ragtime was especially potent. Topped by Slay’s deep, powerful voice, the band seemed on an upward trajectory. Cut to 2016, and Royal Tinfoil shows have become pretty scarce. What gives? “I’d say the biggest obstacle is trying to maintain momentum with touring when you have so many mouths to feed,” Slay says. “To deliver the sound we wanted with a five-piece band, it became nearly impossible to stay afloat financially. After a while, it really takes a toll on you. Most musicians eventually want time at home, enough money to actually pay their rent, and probably sleep in a real bed instead of on a stranger’s floor.” But the duo returns to the stage with a full band to celebrate the long-awaited online release of their 2014 album Feed These Demons. “We never did a national release for our album, and we wanted to do a big show to promote it,” Slay says. “And we’ve got a bunch of new songs to test out on our fans before we record them, too.” —Vincent Harris FRIDAY


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