Nashville folk rockers Great Peacock will bring their raucous and unpredictable sounds to Revelry Room June 1.
The group will share the stage with like-minded musical conspirators The High Divers.
The High Divers are set to start around 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show.
You can purchase tickets here.
Great Peacock is the kind of band that functions equally well in the studio and onstage. Their music doesn’t fall apart when taken out of the confines of a recording studio but evolves with each new venue that they shake to the ground. Imbued with a classic rock soul, their work is built from dense shadows of Americana, pure folk and country-rock timbres, all mixed together to form some super melodic base from which they share their unique musical perspectives.
It’s difficult to hear the terms “Americana” and “country-rock” and not immediately have some general assumption of what they probably sound like, but it’s only when personally confronted with the wonderfully physical immediacy of their music that you begin to fully understand the grand movements and innovation inherent to these redesigned sounds. The band doesn’t completely shred their influences-they simply reorder them in a way that pays respectful homage while carving out their own little corner of the genre. Often breathtaking in its pastoral lines, the music is spry and buoyed by their common love for the histories of folk, country and rock music.
They’re a band whose live presence isn’t simply limited to rote studio reconstitutions. In person, the music of Great Peacock billows out from a central rhythmic hub, drawing in various aesthetics and producing a sound that’s as familiar as it is distinct. A band doesn’t have to wreak havoc on their inspirations to create something memorable; sometimes, all it takes is a band with the underlying understanding of their influences and the necessary musical abilities to fashion an exceptional ode to the rural sounds of their own imagination.
Accompanying Great Peacock will be The High Divers, a Charleston, South Carolina, band whose work finds a middle distance between a distinctly woodsy folk sound and a more robust indie rock nature. Similar to how Ryan Adams or Wilco injects their bucolic rhythms with a shot of caffeinated determination, The High Divers are able to turn these common tones and shared rustic influences into a singular shot of Americana-inspired rock. As likely to stomp and howl as they are to draw back the volume a bit to explore a lighter, forested aesthetic, the band mixes an intuitive rhythmic momentum with a desire to expand these twang-inflected sounds.
Their debut record, “Riverlust,” released in 2015, is a collection of Southern-hued songs that speaks to their collective geography and the country and folk roots that stretch deep into the earth of their home state. Their records are a gorgeous and wildly eclectic mix of sounds and melodies, and their live shows reveal the spirited energy that courses through the bloodstreams of each member. Their work is invigorating and feels uncommonly heartfelt at a time when most other bands are looking to ride the crest of whatever musical trend is currently popular. Even if just for a short while, they’ll restore some measure of your faith in the mystery of great music.
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