Doco

Doco

Koenig and the Ghost Notes, Ignite and Imagery + 3

Fri, December 14, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$7 online / $10 at the door

Doco
Doco
Doco (Dramatic Oil Company), a band from North Carolina, played a house party here in Kirksville last night as part of their Science of Funk 2009 tour and pretty much grooved the place into oblivion. (An attendee was grabbing onto the basement ceiling pipes and doing something he called the "horizontal stripper pole." I'll let your imagination take over.) I had gotten a tip from a friend that there was going to be a good show in town and that the band playing kind of sounded like Reel Big Fish. In all honesty, I was expecting a decent college jam band that sounded exactly like Reel Big Fish. Not so, happily.

There are some bands you see play and you know that they just get it: they get what a show is supposed to be, they get what music is supposed to sound like, how all the different elements that make a song work together within the span of a few minutes; they just get music. Doco's in that camp. They've got a stage presenence that could teach a great number of bands out there a thing or two (makes me think of the The Black Keys) and a delivery M.O. that makes it easy–irresistible, even–to like them. My impression of their style was that it didn't particularly fall into any genre; it was a blend of bluesy-reggae-rock, though I also picked up on some psychedelic and Mexi-border influences. I walked in just as bassist Josh Booth began laying down a heavy hand on "Dirty South," a Hendrix-tinged bluesy groove that might have been my favorite of the night. His brother, guitarist and vocalist Trevor Booth, clearly has his wits about him when it comes to playing and singing; there was a lot of love coming from that guitar last night. Doco's vocals are an asset, too: a lot of times the vocal stylings of the lead singer don't match the attitude or sound of a band's music, but Trevor's works quite well. Their drummer, Dave Burkart, successfully works the drums into becoming more than a mere background or stabilizing element; it should be noted that he had a fantastic solo last night during one of their songs.

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so I didn't get any good pictures of them playing. You can check out their MySpace Their album, The Potato Gun Massacre, is available for free download here, and you can purchase their latest album, The Fossil Record, and listen to some of their new stuff by visitng their MySpace page (I say make it on your list of websites to surf while avoiding homework today).
Koenig and the Ghost Notes
Koenig and the Ghost Notes
Koenig and The Ghost Notes are a five piece rock and blues band from Raleigh, NC! The band members are: John Garner on rhythm guitar and back up vocals, Darin Bibbens on bass, Damon Mills on lead guitar, Jake Watson on drums, and Francis Koenig with lead vocals
Ignite and Imagery + 3
For fans of The Roots, Motown, and Outkast.

Ignite and Imagery + 3 is a hip hop/soul band from Winston Salem NC. Their sound is an eclectic mix of The Roots, Wu Tang, Motown, reggae, and progressive rock. Imagery raps and sings, Ignite Mindz plays the keyboard while rapping and sometimes the turntables too, Murph plays bass guitar, Invincability plays guitar, and Ferdinello plays the drums. They play everything from slow soulful songs, to mosh pit inducing jams with high speed raps. They put on a high energy live show, where the number one focus is for everyone to have fun. The two MCs have an onstage energy that builds off of one another, and you can tell that they have been rocking together since high school. They’ve performed and recorded for years as Ignite and Imagery, but when they got together with a band of their incredibly talented friends, things really got interesting. Everyone brings a little bit of their own influences to the mix, and the result is a very original sound underneath lyrics that you can relate to. The MCs work extremely hard on their wordplay, but none of that matters if the flow doesn’t sound good. Too many MCs sound good but are lacking in lyrical ability, or vice versa, but Ignite and Imagery believe that you can have both. These days there are a few good singer/rappers, but few can do both as proficiently as Imagery. He has a surprisingly soulful singing style that can go from as smooth as Marvin Gaye, to as gritty as Otis Redding. His style compliments the band in a way that just feels complete and satisfying. Ignite and Imagery + 3 is on a mission to create great, original sounding music, have electrifying performances, and have a blast while doing it.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/