Seasick Records will be part of this year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival. In addition to having a pop-up shop where attendees can shop, lounge, spin the Prize Wheel, and meet some of the festival’s performers, Seasick will also have its very own stage featuring a lineup curated in conjunction with Florence, AL based record label, Single Lock Records (former home to St. Paul and the Broken Bones).
More details on Seasick-specific events to be revealed soon but, in the meantime, fans should make note of the following acts -- all of whom are powerful enough to command a large stage yet still growing an audience here at home. See them now so can brag about it later!
Saturday, July 16th:
Daniel Elias + Exotic Dangers (4:00 - 4:30)
Hailing from Muscle Shoals, AL, Daniel Elias + Exotic Dangers have never met a form of Rock and Roll they didn’t like. As such, they channel all their favorite bits -- Stonesy swagger, punk attitude, soulful grooves -- though a no-nonsense, Farfisa organ fueled garage rock combo. The result is music that bypasses genres and pretense to hit you right in the sweet spot.
Null (5:45 - 6:15)
Null are unquestionably Birmingham's heaviest band, but one that sidesteps heavy metal lobotomization in favor of unconventional song structures, hypnotic vocals, and a melodic sensibility that recalls Pornography-era Cure. But even with those semi-pop touches, it’s Null’s crushing grooves and narcotic low-end (achieved via a Moog synthesizer) that will lull you into submission. Bring earplugs.
\\GT// (7:30 - 8:00)
“\\GT// mix ramalam rock beats with a yearning for drone and distortion, knocking melodies off kilter and bringing entertaining chaos to proceedings. There's a Motorhead vibe here, but also an enthusiasm for punk/drone weirdness that means tracks such as "Lake Arthur Sunrise" or "Life Is…" never turn out as straightforward as you might expect, but without sacrificing the underlying groove. At their best, this has them sounding like ZZ Top covering Swans - or vice versa” -- Uncut
Sunday, July 17th:
Future Primitives (4:00 - 4:30)
Birmingham’s Freak Power saviours, Future Primitives, are a force to be reckoned with. Rock and Roll polytheists, Future Primitives worship the Rock Gods of yore, channeling the id-born bombast of The Who, the sensory overload of The Flaming Lips, the psychedelic wailing of Ozzy-era Black Sabbath, and all points in between. Heavy company, for sure, but this sextet has a sound so large that even the most docile audience will be whipped into a frothing frenzy. The tight pants are a bonus.
The Pollies (5:45 - 6:15)
Hailing from Florence, AL, The Pollies latest album, Not Here, deftly blends Americana, A.M. Gold, and psychedelic flights of fancy with songwriter Jay Burgess’ heartfelt lyricism which tells tales of love lost and found, unsung Civil Rights heroes, drinking beer, and getting lost in paperback books. The Pollies are the sort of band that finds the melodies hidden in our humidity -- conjuring the truths we knew all along from the places we forgot to look. Fans of Wilco, The Jayhawks, and Band of Horses will find much here to love.
Nerves Baddington (7:30 - 8:00)
Nerves Baddington are the experimental hip hop duo of Ryan Howell and John McNaughton. Howell, who had been making a name for himself as an rapper on the west coast before returning home to Birmingham, was looking bring guitars into his new songs when he met bassist McNaughton. Now, their latest single, “Addict,” is currently taking the internet by storm -- even landing on the front page of Reddit. They’ve just leveled up their live show, too, with the addition of a new drummer. Combining big beats, with shoegazey textures, and expert rhymes, Nerves Baddington are forging a unique path. Straight dope!
The full Sloss Music & Arts Festival lineup features performances by:
Saturday, July 16th - Ryan Adams & The Shining, Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Grouplove, Logic, Glass Animals, Shovels & Rope, Washed Out, The Joy Formidable, Betty Who, White Denim, Anderson East, Steve Gunn, Seratones, The Bright Light Social Hour, Los Colognes, Big Something
Sunday, July 17th - Ray Lamontagne, The Flaming Lips, The Arcs, Fitz & The Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Ghostland Observatory, Danny Brown, The Struts, JR JR, Hudson Hohawke, Banners, Escondido, Dylan LeBlanc, Boom Forest, The Burning Peppermints, JMR
Single-day and Weekend General Admission, VIP and Iron Passes for Sloss Fest 2016 are available now at SlossFest.com. All ticket options are subject to additional fees and service charges.