It’s a Sunday evening in Nashville and you’re not quite done with your weekend, so what do you do? You check out the bands that you could possibly see for only five bucks at The Basement on 8th Avenue South! This past Sunday was a night filled with indie punk rock music derived from soul and rock-and-roll influences. The show started at 10:00pm with a band called Feral Beat. I had a chance to talk with their lead singer Seth Sutton after the first set, and learned that he was also fronting Useless Eaters and playing bass for Heavy Cream. A very talented guy from Memphis, TN, Seth moved to Nashville to fully pursue music, and you can tell that he’s going after it. The second set required a change at bass and drums in preparation for Useless Eaters, a Neo-soul trio from Nashville. After a driving, high-energy set, Heavy Cream took the stage as the headline act, which closed out a great night of underground Nashville indie punk rock.
Feral Beat is a very new band in Nashville, TN featuring Seth Sutton on guitars and vocals, Allison Waid on drums and vocals, and Mimi Galbierz on bass. It seems as though the group formed as a side project from Useless Eaters and Heavy Cream. This was a fun new band to see live, and I hope that they continue to play around town.
Useless Eaters is an indie neo-soul band from Nashville, TN. With pumping beats and infamous bright guitar tone, they seemed to have locked in a sound that suits them. It almost makes you feel like you’re part of a early 90s garage band show, but this band is far removed from playing for themselves in some old box with poor acoustics and oil on the floor. They have positioned themselves in a new light within Nashville’s independent scene. Check out this song from Useless Eaters called “Daft Love.”
Heavy Cream is a local punk rock visual band featuring Mimi on guitar, Daniel on bass, Tiffany on drums, and Jessica on strings. They are the most well known of the three groups that played on Sunday night, and their performance showed it. The band describes their journey simply; “We started in 1997, broke up in the fall, got back together January of 2009 and sealed the deal on Valentine’s day.” They also uniquely describe their genre as “Stonehenge punk.” Check out one of their songs called “Tina.”
Be sure to check out The Basement’s “New Faces Nite” most Tuesdays for free shows with great local artists!
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play, Music Without Labels, LLC