New Years Eve 2019 w/ The Burning Peppermints, Captain Kudzu, The Holifields, Dree Leer

New Years Eve 2019 w/ The Burning Peppermints, Captain Kudzu, The Holifields, Dree Leer

Mon · December 31, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Burning Peppermints
The Burning Peppermints
Psychedelic Garage Punk from Birmingham AL

While their name evokes candy-colored images of rock revivalists like The White Stripes, The Burning Peppermints’ sound is hard to pin to any single influence. Rock champions like Jack White and Led Zeppelin clearly served as early influences, but the Peppermints have fused a visceral combination of dingy garage rock and West Coast surf, all delivered via an infamously aggressive live performance.

Jake Wittig’s workhorse guitars are laden with fuzz, and alternate between groove-heavy riffs and devastating chords in tandem with rhythm agent Ahmad Farzad. Wittig’s tonal dynamics recall the monstrous crunch of Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, while vocals suggest the manic charisma of Ty Segall. Farzad administers bass and baritone via guitar, allowing him a sweeping range of unfathomable low registers and sharp, cutting notes. Ryan Colebeck holds the entire volatile ensemble together with airtight percussion.

The Burning Peppermints formed in 2012, after Wittig began jamming on garage rock tunes with an abandoned drum kit. Lineups changed and styles evolved over time, and the Peppermints gigged relentlessly throughout the erupting music scene in Birmingham, Alabama. The band quickly earned an enthusiastic following, playing in alleyways, breweries, and lately working their way into genre-defying music festivals.

The group has shared the stage with touring acts like The Dirty Lungs, Diarrhea Planet, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and have developed a reputation for their genuine intensity. The Burning Peppermints put on a viciously engaging show, and audiences can’t help but move to the driving sounds generated by the frenzied band.

“If a band is just going to play their music for an audience and not perform the hell out of it and try to connect with them, then you might as well just plug someone’s iPod into the venue’s PA and everyone can just sit and listen to it together,” says Wittig.

While composure is ripped away on stage, the musicianship never fails- It takes over. Many artists explain that their instruments are an extension of themselves, but The Burning Peppermints are clearly the mortal conduits of a wild and instinctive sonic force.
Captain Kudzu
Captain Kudzu
Rock from Opelika AL

Captain Kudzu is hard to place in any specific musical category. This is due to principle songwriter Jackson Gafford’s eclectic and unique approach to songwriting - he’s as well versed making loop based compositions and beats as he is in performing, and his music takes cues from everything from ambient pop to garage rock. Taking the form of either a solo loop based set or a full band with bassist Timothy Collier and drummer Abby Anderson, Captain Kudzu’s music jumps effortlessly between sparse and hazy, energetic and introspective, carefree and existential - all without losing its distinct catchiness.

Since relocating from Opelika, AL to Birmingham in 2017, Captain Kudzu has shared the stage with regional acts like Omni and Swarming Branch. Their sophomore LP Arburetum is slated to drop in mid-to-late 2018, at which time they will also appear on the Seasick Stage at Slossfest 2018.
The Holifields
The Holifields
Psychedelic Rock from Knoxville TN
Dree Leer
Dree Leer
Indie from Birmingham AL

Dree Leer is what happens when three teens of the 90s get together and play loud, fuzz-driven, three chord, rock music.

It's been 6 years since Jackie Lo (guitar/vox) released an album and with a handful of songs she approached her friends Tim Frazier (Me and My Knife/drums) and Mandy Graffeo (aka Starstuff/bass) to join her as Dree Leer.
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
http://www.thenickrocks.com/