Still buzzing from the hype for last year’s debut full-length, The Heights, Arkansas indie rock up and comers Knox Hamilton are set to return to Nashville tonight, July 13 at The Basement East, for a run they’ve appropriately dubbed “The Beach Boy Tour,” boasting a stacked lineup of shimmering, synth-laden indie rock and pop, perfectly primed to compliment the summertime setting. Local transplant and breakout pop singer Brother Sundance is tapped to support, along with longtime site favorites ELEL, and Florida up and comer Alex Di Leo. A fantastic, well-paired bill from top to bottom, this a show fans of catchy, quality indie rock won’t want to miss, and you can still grab tickets right here. Read on for more about the show!
Arkansas brothers Boots and Cobo Copeland grew up with the hymnals of their father’s church, and later came into classic rock and pop music as youngsters. They pieced together their first songs with the modest instruments in the family home, and officially filled out into a proper band several years ago. So, how did this trio come up with a name that sounds like another Nashville singer-songwriter? The brothers were thumbing through a 1970s school yearbook they found at a thrift store where they used to volunteer, and came across a picture “of one of the most rock ‘n’ roll dudes” they’d ever seen: Knox Hamilton. With the name in the bag, they sought out to craft their own sound, eschewing their southern roots to instead find a synth-drenched, stylish, and dance-primed flavor of indie rock and pop, quickly finding buzz throughout the blogosphere through an early series of EPs and breakout track “Work It Out.” After several years of continued touring, festival appearances, and ever-growing prominence, Knox Hamilton released their excellent debut full-length, The Heights, last year, and, already, have followed it up with some fresh new tracks for 2018. Seemingly an annual occurrence, the band’s return to Nashville is perfectly suited for summer, and on a trajectory that feels primed to make them a standout act in the indie scene, you seriously don’t want to miss out.
Hailing originally from South Florida and now based in Nashville, Brother Sundance is the musical alias of 19-year-old alt pop singer Rylan Talerico. Raised in a musical family, Talerico has spent most of his life honing his craft, cutting his teeth during his teens by fronting a punk group and instructing at a local music school. At 17, he began to focus on a career as a solo artist, adopting the Brother Sundance moniker, shifting in a more pop-oriented direction, and writing and producing his own debut EP, last year’s buzzworthy Honey, released through famed artist manager Jeff Hanson’s Silent Majority Group imprint. Though still a relatively new act, Brother Sundance has been getting some huge attention, particularly through streaming platforms, radio, and blogs, and certainly seems like the latest emerging local pop singer primed for national acclaim.
You should know all about indie rockers ELEL by now, since we’ve literally been bringing you coverage on the group since their very first show. But, if you need the cliff notes, the Nashville collective, led by Ben Elkins, have been putting a synthy, afro-cuban inspired twist on pop and indie rock for a several years now, dropping their excellent, long-awaited debut full-length, Geode, in the fall of 2016, after firmly establishing themselves as a seminal fixture in Nashville’s indie scene and one of our absolute favorite Nashville bands. With national buzz, an amazing live show, and a hometown pedigree, they’re not just a perfect compliment to this lineup, but also a huge reason to go to this show, especially with a string of a recent singles and an exciting upcoming sophomore LP in the works.
ALEX DI LEO
Florida native Alex Di Leo has had a very similar career trajectory to Brother Sundance- no surprise, since the two have worked together in the past, and are both signed to the same label. Leo, too, transitioned from a band to solo career, forging a new direction inspired by indie, pop, and folk in 2016, adopting an uplifting, anthemic, and hook-filled style of his own with debut EP So We Go. In the couple years since its release, Di Leo has been met with with a strong wave of positive praise, radio and online attention, and increasingly high-profile performances, and with his accessible, indie sound, is a great fit to kick off this show. Be sure to arrive early!
Knox Hamilton, Brother Sundance, ELEL and Alex Di Leo will perform tonight, July 13 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15.