Formed originally in Murfreesboro, Mountains Like Wax are a band we’ve had our eye on for several years, from their early days of DIY shows leading up the release of their debut EP, Tetrology, to their well-deserved win in last year’s Music City Mayhem competition, earning them a spot last fall at Live on the Green. Though they exist in the same DIY space as, and often perform with many of the city’s rising punk, alternative, and emo bands we’ve been buzzing about in recent years, Mountains Like Wax adopt a sound that is a kindred spirit to, but sonically distinct from, that punk-informed base. Crafting lush, ambient textures, MLW’s indie/post-rock sound is sweeping, hypnotic, and earnest, more calming than aggressive, though still packed with raw emotion. They’re a must-know band, if, somehow, they’ve eluded you thus far, and tonight, Nov. 16, they celebrate the second anniversary of Tetrology at The East Room, topping a stacked, inexpensive bill.
Hailing from Dallas, Little Image are a perfect compliment to MLW, boasting a similarly ambient, lush, indie rock, honed particularly on this year’s Musings. Indianapolis outfit Stay Outside too take a cue from the Manchester Orchestra-esque school of dynamic laced, emotionally resonant, layer indie, and have been garnering buzz since their debut EP last year. Finally, Touma is the new project/moniker from local artist Kacie Williams. Her solo stuff in the past boasted soaring, powerful, catchy, and stripped down songs that allowed her incredible voice and personal perceptive to hit hard, and we expect Touma to be just as powerful, even if it takes a slightly different direction. From top to bottom this is an excellent lineup, and for just $5 you’d be crazy to miss it.
Mountains Like Wax, Little Image, Stay Outside, and Touma will perform tonight, Nov. 16 at The East Room. The show is 18+, begin at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $5 at the door.