If you haven’t caught a show from Vinyl Thief, one of Nashville’s best indie synth-pop groups in history, tonight is your last chance. Earlier this week, they announced that tonight’s show at Mercy Lounge would be their last ever as a band. As bummed as we are about the announcement, we couldn’t be more excited to send them out with one more epic dance party. Before they take the stage to perform tracks from throughout their career, including their recent Touch EP, JMR and Kaptan will take the stage for a night of stellar pop music. You can still snag your ticket to their farewell show for only $10, so grab yours, and come out to send them off in style.
Local indie pop group Vinyl Thief has been supplying unique, introspective and danceable tracks for years. They were one of the first bands we covered here at No Country For New Nashville, and they’ve only gotten better with time. Band members Grayson Proctor, Logan Purdom, Sam English and Andrew Broadway came together during their high school years in nearby Columbia, Tenn. The four friends honed in on their sound while using an abandoned hometown church as their adopted practice space. They quickly found their groove and released their first EP, Rebel Hill, in 2012. After playing plenty of local shows, including the beloved East Nashville Underground, and earning national acclaim from Paste Magazine, they set their sights on bigger things.
After raising funds through a successful Kickstarter campaign, they recorded their debut LP, Fathoms, which was released to high praise in 2014. Full of stand-out tracks, including the unforgettable single “Middle of the Night,” the record explored the emotional rollercoaster that comes with losing a loved one.
Earlier this year, the group hit an all-time high with their stellar EP, Touch. By stripping down their instrumentation and focusing on hypnotic synth lines and irresistible hooks, they developed an edgier sound that draws you in from start to finish. A Vinyl Thief show is always a guaranteed dance party, so make sure you’re on hand to experience it firsthand one last time before the band officially part ways.
Lakeland, Fla. native Joshua Michael Robinson, better known as JMR, first dove into the world of music after stumbling upon a copy of Jeff Buckley’s “Grace.” At the age of fourteen, he began recording his own music on his laptop and tried his hand at an array of instruments. Shortly before he headed off to college, he was faced with the sudden loss of his mother. Not long after, he came to Nashville with a determination to channel his emotions into his music. Earlier this year, he released his debut EP, Ritual, which is filled with dark and emotional rhythms that channel artists like James Blake and How to Dress Well.
Local indie pop project Kaptan has had a stellar year, thanks to their incredibly strong 2015 EP Sprinter. They’ve been earning tons of online buzz, thanks to infectious singles like “Everything,” “Let Go” and “Jump.” In less than a year, mastermind Andrew de Torres’ addictive, synth-driven tracks have made a huge impact. Catch him during this opening set and get ready to dance.
Vinyl Thief, JMR and Kaptan will perform TONIGHT, Aug. 26 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 9:00 p.m. (doors at 8:00 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $8-10.