Raleigh, North Carolina’s The Morning After is one busy band. The indie folk/rock band is hard at work on its sophomore record and touring in support of its debut record, Starless Nights at the same time. The band will perform live at Turntable in Jamestown, NC on Saturday, June 29th. It will also perform a hometown show live on July 4th at The Works in downtown Raleigh. The band is scheduled to go on at 5pm.
On a more bittersweet note, the band has announced that bassist Jamie Dawson has left the band. According to a statement released by the band, Dawson’s departure was fully amicable. It notes that he left to spend more time with family. He has been replaced by Lindsey “Hometeam” Tims. The full statement from the band on Dawson’s departure and the upcoming new album can be read online at the band’s official Reverb Nation website at http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_848646?eid=A848646_17664812_.
Raleigh based folk/rock band The Morning After is making a run across the Old North State this week. The band—Rachel Koontz (vocals), Shawn Chase (mandolin), Jamie Dawson (mandolin, bass, vocals), Pattie Hopkins (fiddle, vocals), Mike Rosado (percussion), and Hank Smith (banjo, guitar, vocals)—kicks off its NC tour with a stop at The Saloon at the NC Music Factory in Charlotte this Wednesday, May 29th. The sextet will be joined by Philadelphia, PA’s own The Royal Noise for the show. This week’s show marks the first time that the band has performed at The Saloon. So expectations are high for the show. Admission for the show is $5. More information on the NC Music Factory is available online at http://ncmusicfactory.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/NCMusicFactory.
The Morning After has officially announced that it has started working on the early stages of its new full length studio release. The band has announced that Grammy winning former Carolina Chocolcate Drops member and current Mary Annettes member Justin Robinson will produce the band’s new album. It was Robinson’s work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops that earned him a Grammy award in 2010. He is currently touring with the Mary Annettes, which is his own band. The band’s new album is expected to be available this Fall. In the meantime, audiences can check out the new video for the band’s song, ‘Warm Like The Sun’ now just by clicking here http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/10874634?eid=A848646_16365532_48862398_lnk1000.
Audiences can also check out the band live as it tours in support of its current album, Starless Nights. The band will be performing live at the Pour House on Friday, March 15th. It will also make a couple of stops on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast on March 21st and 29th in Beaufort and Wilmington respectively before heading back to the Pour House for a return engagement on Saturday, June 1st. Audiences in Raleigh, North Carolina will also get the chance to see the band in a very special performance as it performs at the state’s capitol at the ‘Works-Downtown Raleigh’s 4th of July Celebration.’ These are just a handful of dates that the band has scheduled. Fans can get all the latest tour dates and more when they check out the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/morningaftermusic.
The Morning After has officially debuted the video for its new single, ‘Warm Like The Sun.’ The video from the Raleigh, North Carolina based band follows a young couple that is out on a date. From bowling a few rounds to a walk through the park to a casual dinner that turns out to be for more than two, the young couple is trailed everywhere by the band. They’re even snagged by the band and brought on board the band’s bus at the song’s end. Anyone that’s a fan of British comedy will appreciate the video’s park “chase scene” as it seems to pay tribute to the old Benny Hill show. Audiences that have yet to experience The Morning After’s music are in for quite the experience with this fun, quirky video. It can be viewed online now at http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/10874634?eid=A848646_16054880_48862398_lnk1000.
Raleigh based The Morning After is a hidden gem in the North Carolina music scene and the independent music scene as a whole. The band’s newly released debut album, “Starless Nights” is proof of that. The band seamlessly mixed bluegrass, folk, blues and rock to make an album that’s a solid, enjoyable experience from start to finish.
“Starless “Nights” opens with the infectious ‘To Love a Machine.’ The chorus will have audiences singing right along with the band. It’s an interesting opener to the album not just for its infectious grooves, but also because it seems to be a two part song. It starts off with a great up-tempo feel, but then transitions to a more soulful feel to close. From there, the album segues into the emotional ‘Save Me.’ Band manager/member Hank Smith says of ‘Save Me’, that that song was the brainchild of the band’s lead singer, Rachel Koontz. He says that the song is about a person going through a bout of severe depression. What’s really interesting about this song is despite the heavy lyrical thoughts, the music isn’t overly dark or depressing. Rather, it’s more contemplative. Things begin to turn to a more positive sound from here on right up to the celebratory, ‘Warm Like the Sun.’ Koontz sings here about a woman who is very excited to have a love interest in her life. It’s almost a ska-esque type of song. That feel will get both male and female audiences jamming, even though it’s being sung from the vantage point of a female lead. That it could reach both men and women so easily is a testament to how enjoyable a song it is.
“Starless Nights” has lots more enjoyable songs, including the likes of the socially conscious ‘Headlines’ and the semi-celtic sound of ‘Winter.’ Smith says of ‘Winter’ that it was this song that led to the album’s title. He says that the song was about the band’s mandolin player, Shawn Chase, taking a trip to New York City in the wintertime. As great as all of these songs are, the album also includes a pair of great instrumentals in ‘De La Luz’ (which roughly translates to “Of the Light”) and ‘Falafel Haus.’ ‘De La Luz’ is a fitting song title for the song that it is. The story behind ‘Falafel Haus’ is pretty funny. Smith says of how the title came about is related to the band’s love for the Waffle House. This pair of songs does a great job profiling the band’s musicianship. That’s not to take away from the rest of the songs on this release. The band shows time and again how talented it is as a unit, including singer Rachel Koontz. Koontz could be compared to the likes of Susan Tedeschi and Billie Holiday in terms of her vocals.
Fans who want the opportunity to experience all of this talent in person will have plenty of chance for that. The band will hold an album release party this Saturday night at the Pour House in Raleigh. The show starts at 8:00p.m.. The band will also be in Wilmington the night before at the Soapbox Laundro Lounge. That show will be at 9:00p.m. Fans in Greenville will also get to see the band live next month. The band will perform at the Starlight Cafe April 19th at 9:00p.m. After that show, the band will take a little downtime before heading back out on the road in June. For more information on the band, fans can check it out online at http://www.reverbnation.com/morningaftermusic and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/morningaftermusic.