funkharp, The Nectar Unit

funkharp

The Nectar Unit

John Wayne Bro

Tue, March 26, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$3 at the door

Tickets Available at the Door

funkharp
funkharp
"funkharp's first concert was me on a boardwalk bench, all the instruments I could carry and an open guitar case with a sign saying 'Change'" says Joseph Randle. Founding member and songwriter for funkharp, Randle is a classic band nerd with a surprising tongue. Drifting between childlike vulgarity and ultra-literate eloquence, that "Change" sign on his guitar case was probably meant as a general statement, not a request for spare coin.
A few months back, Randle began plucking talent from the Philadelphia scene. He found the Thundercat, a grinning and excitable bass phenom whose slap n' pop style interlocks with funkharp's off-rhythm guitar licks the way a zebra's stripes fit together. Next came Mofa, a relentless drummer whose tasteful interpretations of funkharp's nuanced songs reflect his past career as a singer/songwriter. The final addition is Gene Orlando, the MacGyver. This tonehead mixes and masters all of the band's recordings in the studio, and onstage, he tackles whatever part is thrown his way, even when it means learning to play (and sometimes having to invent) yet another instrument.
Though nearly strangers at the time, the members of funkharp moved into a house together after a handful of rehearsals and only one gig together. They built their own recording studio matching the band's exact specifications (and budget) in the house, and the squeaky old conversion van they tour around in usually pulls back into the driveway in the wee small hours of the morning carrying the boys of funkharp, dazed by the rising sun and another stint on the road.
The Nectar Unit
The Nectar Unit
The Nectar Unit is a band. We play music. We caress your ear drums. We are adorable and fun to cuddle. We are new. Like us. Love us. Come see us play.

Tim and Joe went on a quest for a new project that was musically interesting and easy on the ears at the same time. Tim read craigslist and met David. David played drums. Joe brought Ben. Ben played bass. Tim, Joe, Ben, and David made music. They still make music. Tim, David, Joe, and Ben want you to hear their music. I do not like Green Eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam-I-am.
John Wayne Bro
John Wayne Bro
JOHN WAYNE BRO started out with a name. While chasing the dream in Hollywood, Taylor Bro and Sam Levi, future founders of JOHN WAYNE BRO, were working together on a film set discussing music - their true passion. They found common ground in influences ranging from Robert Johnson and Junior Kimbrough, to Dr. Dre's "The Chronic," and the Parliament Funkadelic. The conversation eventually turned to "good band names." Upon hearing that future drummer Taylor Bro's father's real name was "John Wayne Bro," co-founder Sam Levi knew that they needed to start a band, that day, with that name.

The boys knew the band's music had to be as gritty and as Americana as the JOHN WAYNE BRO name, and so they set out on their journey…

Renting a hot, crowded rehearsal space overlooking downtown Los Angeles to bang out their gritty style of American blues rock, they spent the next year crafting tunes written for the American working man and intent on bringing danger back to rock & roll.

The music of JOHN WAYNE BRO is a constant homage to the band members' upbringings and musical influences, with lyrics covering topics of love and loss, hard living, Detroit assembly lines, and murdering bible salesmen. All the while, the underlying funk, hip-hop, and hard rock influences of JOHN WAYNE BRO's songs always end up enticing stiletto-ed party girls to dance the night away during one of their live shows.

JOHN WAYNE BRO recorded their debut album completely DIY style - they built a studio in a garage in Long Beach, and mixed, recorded, and played each song as a 2-piece. The resulting full-length album, "Man of the People", was released March 15th, 2011 on www.johnwaynebro.com to coincide with a trip to Austin, TX & SXSW where Sam and Taylor went to promote, network, and play a few shows, all with popular success.

As drummer, Taylor Bro, explains, "the album sounds as if Howlin' Wolf, The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys and Tom Waits hopped into a Cadillac and drove 95mph into a head-on collision with MC5 and the Stooges behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro."

JOHN WAYNE BRO is now hell bent on being internationally known and locally accepted. They have been playing live in LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Long Beach, San Antonio, Austin, and San Francisco, winning over fans one at a time. JOHN WAYNE BRO is finding great success with their newly crafted live show that now includes Justin Charbonnet on guitar & Brad Stanfield on bass. The resulting sounds are truly full and give proper justice to the recorded efforts of "Man of the People".
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/