April 11, 2014 | doors at 9:00pm
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wordproductions presents:
Concord America | Ranch Ghost | Majestico
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Turf War
Turf war are a 5 piece southern Springsteen-influenced punk band from Atlanta, Ga. They are known for their wild live shows and catchy pop songs. Their debut album is expected this fall on old flame records.
Concord America
Based out of Atlanta, Concord America is a trio consisting of brothers John and Vinny Restivo and friend Ben Presley. Claiming influences like Black Lips, Pixies and Cage The Elephant, the group formed around their mutual love for Rock & Roll but found their unique sound in areas ranging from classic Garage and late-50’s Doo-Wop all the way to Proto Grunge, Power-Pop and the modern Surf Revival.

Early last year, Concord America took a week away to produce their debut LP, Shag Nasty, with engineer friend Trey Rosenkamppf in the basement of their home. The band tracked everything live in one room, which Ben says gave them more creative options. “We weren’t on the clock—we were having fun, drinking, trying different shit.” The LP found itself dwelling somewhere in the Beach-Punk genre but still manages to keep some of that Pixies-style Rock & Roll the Concord America boys love so much.

The Restivo brothers were a natural rhythm section from the start. “John was already drumming and put the idea in my head to play bass,” says Vinny. Until the three met at their job in a seedy pizza joint, the teen brothers were playing in the bands you might expect to find in suburban garages across America. “What really made us want to start a band with Ben,” John says, “is that we saw him get past security at a Cage the Elephant show. He jumped on stage during “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” in short shorts, suspenders, combat boots and a sailor hat and did a stage dive.” Guitarist and singer Ben Presley seemed to be just the catalyst John and Vinny needed.

Shag Nasty is a charming, lo-fi rock record that expresses the dynamic between Presley and the Restivo brothers. “The record is a little loose,” Ben says, “but that’s how it’s supposed to be heard.”
Ranch Ghost
The noise that emanates from these ruffians is heavily reliant on the vibe. Imagine that lone, solitary man on the front porch in Mississippi, playing only for the God within and around, suddenly splitting open – wild with color – Think Blind Willie McTell giving Ray Charles an Indian rug burn and The Kinks bleeding all over them. This should give you a good sense of what it’s like to hear Ranch Ghost
Majestico was born from the breath of a new America, a land at the end of reason, where dogma meets God. At the beginning, he found himself living in a bungalow behind the local zoo. Amid the sounds of monkeys and elephants, he began recording what would be his first record “Boundary Conditions”. It was released into that great void they call the Inter-Net and although it remains undiscovered by the outside world, it was received with much excitement among peers.

Majestico then moved to Little Biv Town and made a bed in the studio there. Attempts were made at new recordings but the project was plagued with technical problems, personal disputes, and money was scarce. But late that summer, there was a breakthrough. A show was planned to be held in the studio so Majestico gathered a band to perform. That night people poured into the room as a cloud of steam formed above. While he played, they danced. This was all new to him, and although recording had been stunted, a new vision was realized. He just wanted to rock. Marked by this new freedom, Majestico continued to write songs and play everywhere that was cool; bars, clubs, houses, warehouses…wherever. Then Jeffery Drag Records approached him to record a 7". He agreed and took the band to Battletapes to record the "Love is God" EP. It was released in 2012. This brought him to the doorstep of producer Andrija Tokic and Bomb Shelter Studios, where his friends the Alabama Shakes had recorded their album. This time, recording was a sinch. The music fell onto the tape and the album “When Kingdom Come” materialized. A new saga has been formed in Nashville, Tennessee and the future has no bounds.

Editor’s Note: Majestico is currently surfing your airwaves. He’s cruising a tram ride on the milky-way highway searching for the key to life, He’s totally cool, laid back, and humble. He doesn’t believe in slaughtering wheat or vegetables just to eat them. That’s wrong, but if you disagree he respects your opinion because freedom is the price we pay to get to blow stuff up with hand grenades and bazookas.