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Dedsa 'Salmon Velocity' Release Show

Native Magazine presents

Dedsa 'Salmon Velocity' Release Show

The Cunning, Apollo Wild

Thu · March 2, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Nashville’s DEDSA wields psych-rock like a flaming sword to illuminate sci-fi tales of love and medieval debauchery. The band’s debut full length, Salmon Velocity, melds electronic music, psychedelia, metal and shoegaze into a powerful musical elixir. The project is an unholy pact between drummer Grant Bramlett, bassist/keyboardist Ben Carreon, guitarist/vocalist Stephen DeWitt, and keyboardist Robbie Ward.

“Nothing is off limits if it sounds like fun,” says the band, “we’ll try anything once in a song.” That mentality arises throughout the album as the listener delves into vintage Japanese electronic music, Mellotron tones, harpsichords, swerving guitar effects and more.

Salmon Velocity is a tome of dichotomy. It whips from cinematic grandeur to pure rock ‘n’ roll nonsense. Lyrics contrast utter hopelessness with complete elation. Those elements are captured visually in the band’s hand drawn and animated “Annihilation” video by keyboardist Robbie Ward. “Robbie aimed to create a dual feeling of dread/anticipation and a calm acceptance of fate or destiny,” says the band. ”The imagery strives to strike a balance between beauty and the grotesque.”

Ward’s animation in film has garnered well-deserved attention for DEDSA. The band’s “Lighter Click” video was selected in the top 9 videos of nearly 700,000 submissions to be showcased in the Slamdance Film Festival in the Anarchy Shorts category. The video is set to be featured in the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Nashville press took note as well, with the Nashville Scene proclaiming the video to be “on another level.”

Though their videos keep gaining attention, it’s DEDSA’s live performances that keep people interested. Nashville’s Independent Radio Lightning 100 has featured the band as Artist of the Week. No Country For New Nashville says the band is “simultaneously catchy, crunchy and strange,” adding, “they’ve got a great live show to back up their impressively imaginative recorded music.”

Founding DEDSA members Robbie Ward and Stephen DeWitt met in Nashville in 2010 as transplants from Colorado and Alabama. Ben Carreon joined the project shortly after. The three recorded their first EP, Thrash Plastik in 2013. Though their original sound lacked live drums, the introduction of Grant Bramlett to the band allowed the group to explore more complex acoustic and electronic percussion sounds. The band recorded Salmon Velocity in their own home studio with each member contributing as producers in recording and mixing. Salmon Velocity is set for a March 3, 2017 release.
The Cunning
The Cunning
For rock n' roll bands, the ever-present obstacle for their music is proving authenticity. But for Nashville-based band The Cunning, the static following them has yet to hesitate. Formed in Nashville in the summer of 2013, The Cunning are an eclectic rock n' roll four-piece that give a respective nod to the south. Full of bluesy grit and energy, The Cunning are poised at the threshold of Nashville's evolving independent music scene.

Frontman Sean Cunningham cut his teeth in the success of his New Zealand-based band ATLAS before returning to his home state of Kentucky, and inevitably relocating to Nashville. Cunningham moved into an old graffitied house in East Nashville and began writing. He soon met Wisconsin-bred rocker Charlie Abbott and Israeli bassist Elad Shapiro, with the final piece falling in place when friends introduced drummer Cameron Monzón to the group.The Cunning was born. At it's most basic, the collaboration has created plenty of high-energy, new material, and parallels a fresh take on the East Nashville music scene. Influences like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Nirvana are key to the band, but their sound mirrors a lovechild of Ryan Adams and The White Stripes, and it goes by the name of The Cunning. "Bands like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are repeat offenders.. they always seem to light a spark in me. Hearing Rage Against The Machine or Nirvana gets me psyched up, but records like Rumours by Fleetwood Mac remind me what great music is all about," says Cunningham.

Each playing integral parts, The Cunning's members equally fuse diverse backgrounds to create their sound. Classically trained in the trombone, bassist Elad Shapiro grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He picked up a bass at age 14, and began soaking in as much blues and rock music he could get his hands on. Guitarist Charlie Abbott's love for both honky tonk guitars and Nashville's indie music scene led him to relocate on a whim in 2009 to pursue satisfaction with his music. Abbott's talent for putting a quirky tone on rock n' roll lifts him to write compelling guitar riffs that the average listener wouldn't expect. Drummer Cameron Monzón, a Kentucky native, has been consistently playing for fifteen years, without ever so much as having one drum lesson. Intrigued by classic rock covers in his preteen years, Monzón's drumming evolved as he became inspired by uplifting percussive grooves. Collectively, The Cunning is spontaneously creative in their live sets. Fueling their fans with energy, the band's raw talent is unquestionably leading them towards success. "Our inspiration shifts daily," says Cunningham. "It may be a classic song that sparks it, or simply listening to the radio and hearing something interesting inside a song that I don't even like. It happens when it happens.. the trick is to try and capture it when it does."

The Cunning are spending the coming months by focusing on songwriting and refining their sound. Playing Nashville venues consistently to their ever-growing and supportive fan base, The Cunning clearly isn't holding back, and their next several months will be far from quiet. With gigs lined up back-to-back, The Cunning is pulling Nashville in. And without fail, Nashville is pulling for them.
Apollo Wild
Apollo Wild
Apollo Wild is a musical group located in Nashville, TN.
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203