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Naked Gods mini-tour stops at Saloon

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Article Published: Jun. 7, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 9, 2012
Naked Gods mini-tour stops at Saloon

Boone indie rock outfit Naked Gods, above, and bands Borrowed Beams of Light and Lonnie Walker perform at Boone Saloon Friday.

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A weekend mini-tour by hometown-rockers Naked Gods stops at Boone Saloon this Friday, June 8, and, as they are wont to do, the Gods are bringing some friends along for the ride.

The show starts at 10 p.m., and the cover is $5. Joining Naked Gods on the bill are bands Borrowed Beams of Light and Lonnie Walker, following a show in Charlottesville, Va., Thursday and ahead of a stop in Raleigh on Saturday.

“We love bringing the bands we respect so much (and tour with) to Boone. It’s so nice now to feel a part of a musical community; there’s a bunch of us along the East Coast doing this DIY touring/recording thing,” Naked Gods guitarist Christian Smith said.

“Teaming up with these bands (Invisible Hand, Yardwork, Borrowed Beams of Light, Diamond Center, to name a few) is not only great fun, but truly inspirational. There’s an immense amount of exchange there, and I think we (and all the other bands) come back a little different, with a few new approaches and sonic ideas, after every tour.”

Indie pop band Borrowed Beams of Light hails from Charlottesville, Va. The band’s debut album, “Stellar Hoax,” was released in 2011.

“‘Stellar Hoax’ wrestles continually with difficulty, incorporating abstruse ideas into busy pop arrangements in a way that seems more like a worthy attempt than a finished product. Yet the band largely pulls it off, on a wave of joyous energy,” said a review in online publication Dusted Magazine.

Raleigh-based Lonnie Walker, which evolved from a one-man band into a group of friends bound by a shared passion for music and visual art, blends rootsy Americana and dance party punk rock.

As for the Gods, the band is now looking past its October 2011 sophomore release, “No Jams,” and on to new material.

“We worked hard on it, accomplished what we wanted and are moving forward,” Smith said. “We’re excited about our new material, which builds on the explorations we made with ‘No Jams.’”

The band’s summer schedule is pretty open.

“We’re booking a few more dates and focusing on writing and recording new songs, with an EP release in mind for late summer/early fall,” Smith said. “Working on new material is really rewarding and exciting for us now; we’ve all grown so much as musicians, and I think we’re becoming communicative and telepathic to levels we’ve never reached before. Simply put, I think we trust one another more and are having more fun playing together than ever! So, hopefully the new material will reflect that.”

For more information on the show, call Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St., at (828) 264-1811.

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