We start this week’s Listening Party with the Montreat-based rock of Jonathan Ammons & the Electric Ghost Collective. There’s a lot to like in Ammons’ work, walking the line as it does between the genres of moody, gothy emo and moody, bittersweet indie rock. While there are a number of easy comparisions out there — The Smashing Pumpkins and The Black Crowes come to mind on a few tracks — there’s also a great deal of originality to the songs. We suggest starting with either “Reasons Why” or “Blessing,” which are excellently produced and radio-worthy tracks.
Next up, we have local “psychedelic, Americana and shoegaze” act Suttree. There’s a definite darkness and depth to the group’s sound, resulting in a haunted and melancholic vibe that, assuming you’re in the mood for it, is quite powerful. There many comparisions that come to mind — much of Nick Cave’s work and some of the more dirgey Myssouri songs, for instance — but there’s also a clear love of solid songcraft underlying the tunes as well. We suggest starting with “Dark Hollow.”
Closing out this week’s Party, we have the Asheville-based instrumental surf-, garage- and punk-fueled group The Chops. The group is actually kind of a local “supergroup,” combining members of Dig Shovel Dig, Descolada, On The Take and “a bunch more bands.” While no one will be claiming that their music is a sweeping and poetic sonic landscape, almost anyone who listens will probably admit that it is an awful lot of fun. We suggest starting with the very surf-powered track “Blast Off.”
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