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The Invisible Hand rings in the New Year

Article Published: Dec. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
The Invisible Hand rings in the New Year

The Invisible Hand is ringing in the New Year, and the High Country's invited along for the ride. It promises to be a loud trip. A very, very loud trip.

The self-proclaimed "psychedelic power pop" rockers are known for their Kinks-esque hoptastic shows, hoptastic (the only word that fits) in that your body (and hair) will hop, jam and convulse to a beat that's as unpredictable as it is entertaining, and (we can't stress this enough) loud.

With their impossible-to-sit-still-and-listen-to brand of noise and their stage energy, The Invisible Hand joins fellow loudsters Yardwork and Boone Saloon house favorite Naked Gods for a night of music to send off 2010 and embrace a 2011 that promises to be louder than ever before.

"It's definitely indie rock, lots of wild guitars, and you know it can be crazy," front man Adam Smith said. "It can also be extremely right."

Their growing High Country fan base would concur. With Hand's tight friendship with The Naked Gods, they're anything but strangers to King Street.

"We have great friends in the Naked Gods," Smith said. "We're just totally in love with those dudes ... at this point, any chance we get to play Boone, we jump on it."

It's a relationship that started in Asheville at a "dive bar."

"It's a really weird bunch of Bud Light posters on the wall, and they're smoking cigarettes inside, and it's really dirty, and we meet the Naked Gods, and they're skeptical, and we're skeptical," he said.

But, after two deliriously loud sets, "instant friendship."

A summer tour and a 7-inch later, and they're the band equivalent of soul mates. Who better to ring in the New Year with?

The Charlottesville, Va.-based group (named after the "Invisible Hand" economic principle penned by economist Adam Smith, no relation to Hand's Smith) started as a side project. Smith booked a tour for another band he was playing with, and his cohorts flaked.

"All of my friends that were in other bands were on breaks from their bands, and I was like, 'Do you want to go on a tour?'" he said. "We just got together and practiced for two weeks and made it happen ... and, after the tour, everybody was just like, let's just keep doing this."

That was three years ago.

Since then, the Invisible Hand has become a regional powerhouse.
It's expected for Smith, the 24-year-old son of two musicians. It's not just his family that brings out his artistic side. It's also the Appalachian Mountains of Charlottesville, Va.

"I feel like the pastoral scene has definitely allowed for a lot of time to think," he said. "We all pretty much work our jobs and then do music whenever we can ... just living in an area like this, you really have a lot of time to reflect on what you're doing. I wouldn't say it's so much the scenery, but it's more just the amount of time that you're allowed. It's sort of this easy pace to just sort of have an idea, have a community that's really encouraging toward the arts."

The Invisible Hand ( is made up of Smith, Thomas Dean, Jon Bray and Adam Brock. They jam out with Naked Gods ( and Yardwork ( Friday, Dec. 31, at the Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) Expect a $7 cover charge.

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