Floating Action, Giant Cloud and Brass Bed hit Saloon
Monday brings three acts to Boone Saloon (489 W. King Street) for a poptastic, soul shattering, global rock meltdown. Expect Dancing. Expect Jamming. Expect attitude. Meet Floating Action, Giant Cloud and Brass Bed. Expect a $5 cover charge.
Think Motown rock and roll with a touch of world harmonies, and you've got Floating Action, the Asheville-based sensation that's been to the West Coast and back.
"You know the popular bands where you just kind of carbon copy '80s sounds?" he asked. "I'm trying not to do that."
"He" is Seth Kaufman, Floating Action front man and the guy behind the album that inspired the name, "Just Floating Action." To buck the trend, he's determined not to fit into a genre. It's what he's been doing his entire life.
"I started out just making a couple of records by myself, and I'd play all the instruments," Kaufman said.
And, thanks to a label signing, partnered up with others to create a band that incorporates that Motown rock and roll vibe he craves from his own playlist.
A guitarist, drummer and all around experimentalist, Kaufman starts out with the beat.
"I'll start out on the drums," he said, "with a beat that's a new beat, and then just try to make up a song. Usually, something will fall into place if you're open to it. I just try to make something that's not been done before and that's still good."
And he stays true to his home state with every guitar stroke.
"Even though what we do isn't, you know, bluegrass or old-time by any stretch, there's still that kind of pioneerish, do-it-yourself spirit," he said.
For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/floatingaction.
Meet Giant Cloud, the New Orleans-based electric outfit whose influences run from the '30s, through the '60s and into today.
"It's all electric with a really heavy emphasis on melody and vocal harmony," Ben Jones said. "It's pretty dreamy sometimes, as well."
It's Giant Cloud's first trek to Boone ("We've been to Asheville," Jones said), but clearly not their first rodeo. The crew, which got together while in college in northern Louisiana, has traveled from Washington state to New York, with an album to be released next April.
They're more than musicians. They're friends.
"We all just listen to each other," Jones said. "We really don't bring any personal matters into the music."
Jones, whose wife, Julie, is also a singer in Giant Cloud, lives and breathes music. And working with his wife?
"It's really not that bad," he laughed. "It's really nice."
The pair had always played music separately and, four years ago, started playing with and dating each other.
"We've been married a year and a half," Jones said.
For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/giantcloudmusic.
Lousiana-based Brass Bed is like comfort food - cool, electric macaroni.
"We're like a top psychedelic explosion in your mouth," Christiaan Mader said. "Poptastic."
Think Flaming Lips meets the Beatles in that all-encompassing genre insiders call "alternative."
Even the name is about comfort.
"We wanted to make the name something that sounded like an old pair of blue jeans," Mader said.
"The 'B' is very important, because pretty much every good band we could think of starts with the letter 'B.'"
Bands and musicians like Bob Dylan, whose song "Lay, Lady, Lay" also incorporates the term "brass bed."
Coming from Louisiana, "Brass Bed" occasionally gets confused with "Brass Band."
"People get disappointed," Mader laughed.
With a record just out in September, the group is on a hot streak, but don't worry. They still retain their inner-nerd.
"One time on tour to keep ourselves occupied in the van ... we actually played a round of Star Wars Dungeons and Dragons," he said. "Everybody died pretty quickly."
For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/brassbed.