Not many rock bands can succeed with only two members. More often than not, these duos – especially those attempting to play heavier music – either end up reminding us of the importance of the instrument they left out, or they cave and add more members. Atlanta’s ’68 challenge this pattern by making their drum and guitar duo sound nothing short of a proper five-piece noise-rock band. Here’s what you need to know:
Third Chapter – ’68 is the third major musical project of Josh Scogin, formerly of Norma Jean and The Chariot, and he places much thematic emphasis on this numerical theme. Along with drummer Michael McClellan, Scogin’s new project captures many of the sounds of his former projects, most notably his recognizable aggressive vocals and the kind of guitar feedback that makes you wonder how he and McClellan can still hear anything. Take “Three Is A Crowd,” one the band’s first tracks, as an example of these elements.
Two Parts Viper – What makes ’68 stand out from the bands that preceded it, however, is the clear southern dimension and the departure from more traditional post-hardcore/metal influences. On their new record Two Parts Viper, which dropped in June, the southern rock-tinged vocals are as powerful as Scogin’s trademark hardcore howl, and plenty of blues parts even make the cut. “This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” is a case in point.
On Tour – The gig streaming from San Fransisco’s DNA Lounge is a part of a much larger tour that sees ’68 rounding the U.S. coast-to-coast. Catch them in a city near you.
To check out ’68’s live set at the DNA Lounge with Stolas and Alistair Hennessy, set your reminder to hear them on Saturday, November 11.
To learn more about ’68, go to http://theyare68.com.
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