Ancient Cities

When: Thu., Sept. 11 2014

Charlotte-based Ancient Cities is an indie band with psychedelic sensibilities. Despite Stephen Warwick’s success as a solo folk artist — some of his songs can be heard in the flick Wicked Blood (2014) — the Ancient Cities frontman decided to expand his sound to include a little more kick and a lot of vintage rock influences. “I listened to a lot of my dad’s records, and it was all like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin,” he says. “I remember one of my first cassettes was The Doors’ Greatest Hits. I was actually wanting a Kinks song, and I was humming the melody and my dad said it sounded like ‘Hello, I Love You.’ But it was ‘All Day and All of the Night’ by The Kinks that I was referring to. But he said, ‘I think that’s The Doors,’ so I got that tape kind of as a mistake thinking it was something else, and I ended up loving The Doors.” Ancient Cities also did a tribute night after The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away from cancer last year, donating the proceeds to a cancer charity for children. Coincidentally, when speaking with Warwick, we were also minutes away from speaking with The Doors’ drummer John Densmore, so we mentioned the Ancient Cities’ tribute to him. Densmore was touched, and kindly asked us to call Warwick back and let him know. How’s that for some crazy full-circle feel-goods? —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY

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