Paritally-local, chilled out, ambient pop duo Bent Denim really caught our attention with their stellar recent release Diamond Jubilee, but fortunately that is just the tip of the iceberg with these guys, who’ve been crafting sweeping, layered, lo-fi music for the last several years. After a supporting spot last week with Ratboys, the half-Nashville based group (they claim New York and New Orleans as bases of operation as well) are set to already return for a headliner at The Basement, on Sept. 9, and with help from like-minded locals October Tooth, and resident lo-fi rockers No Ritual, it promises to be one of the best shows of the fall. There’s still time to snag some tickets right here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the lineup, and enter for a chance to win below.
Hailing from Nashville and New Orleans (and also claiming New York), Bent Denim, a duo of Ben Littlejohn and Dennis Sager, got their start with 2014 EP Epistolary, after churning up some buzz in 2013 with ambient, lush indie track “Periodic Table.” After a warm reception from the blogosphere, the group further flexed their range in 2015 with an EP of covers entitled Derivative Works, where they tackled tunes by like the likes of Taylor Swift, Blink 182, and Angel Olson, albeit in their own uniquely dreamy, alt pop flavor. That same year, Bent Denim unveiled their first full-length, Romances You, which further honed their sound and set a template for the mellow, trance like ambience they create at live shows. As national acclaim further mounts, the group are continuing to craft wonderful, genre-bending, and personal songs from their respective home cities, and their best effort to date, Diamond Jubilee, arrived earlier this year, marking, perhaps, one of the best under the radar local efforts of 2017. Spreading chill AF vibes everywhere they go, Bent Denim deserve your attention if they’ve somehow passed you by thus far, and we can thank of anywhere better than The Basement to catch them on their ascent!
Another Nashville based duo creating an excellently ambient version of minimalist indie rock, October Tooth appear to be much more mysterious than the headliners. Other than the performer’s names (Zachary Carter Threlkeld and Sam Gidley), some photos on Tumblr, and a note on their Facebook about how they only release music in the month of October, there really isn’t much out there on these guys. However, true to this once-a-year release mantra, they have several stellar records out, dating back to 2013 first EP One. So get familiar with their 2016 release, Easy Corners, below, see what they’re all about in person next month, and be sure to scroll on to enter our giveaway.
A little more low fi, garage, and noise rock influenced than the other two performers, while still hitting that dream scape sweet spot at times, No Ritual are pretty new on the scene, releasing their debut EP just this past May. Most of the trio’s songs are hook-friendly, pushed by super tasty, early Sonic Youth inspired, distortion rich guitar riffs. Based on how much we dig their EP, this is a warm up act we’ll gladly arrive on time for; don’t miss them!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 21+ to attend. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Bent Denim, October Tooth, and No Ritual will perform Saturday, Sept. 9 at The Basement. The show is 21+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $7.