Apparently, reports of the Lost Sounds' demise were somewhat exaggerated. The Memphis band that just released its biggest and very nearly best album, an eponymously titled platter for Los Angeles' In the Red label, was expected to call it quits at the end of its last tour, but it looks like they're holding out at least a little while longer. They play Wednesday, December 15th, at the Buccaneer. With the band's future in some doubt, local rock fans would be well advised to catch what may be the city's finest rock band while they still can. (On a related note, the band's Alicja Trout has an art show currently up at Cooper-Young's Goner Records.)
The Lost Sounds will be opening for Toronto garage-rockers and In the Red labelmates The Deadly Snakes, who return to Memphis after appearing on the bill of the Hives show at the New Daisy last month. The Snakes, who recruited the Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright as a member on 2001's I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore, released one of the most acclaimed garage-rock records of recent years with 2003's Ode to Joy.
The Nashville-bred quartet Scatter the Ashes meld hardcore aggression with moody melodies on Devotion/The Modern Hymn, their debut for Epitaph records. The band sounds like an underground equivalent to the style that bands such as AFI and Thursday have taken mainstream, where punk and metal mix with goth and prog. The band plays the Complex Saturday, December 11th, with Salem and Classic Case.
Locals Retrospect, which finished second-runner-up behind Free Sol and Valencia Robinson at the Mid-South Grammy Showcase a year ago, are having a CD-release party Friday, December 10th, at Newby's. The band's full-length debut is an eponymous set recorded at Ardent Records with John Hampton and Ross Rice at the helm and will be released on the studio's sister label, Ardent Records. Songs included on an advance sampler suggest a strongly recorded, radio-friendly set of straightforward guitar-rock with echoes of Southern rock, R.E.M.-style modern-rock melodicism, and strong-voiced AOR radio sounds. The release party is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Also on tap this week: Over at the Hi-Tone, a couple of regional regulars return to town, with Jerry Joseph performing Thursday, December 9th, and New Orleans' The Iguanas playing the next night. On Sunday, December 12th, locals The Central Standards perform at the club alongside Crash Into June's Dave Norris and Knoxville's Senryu. At Huey's Midtown, Sunday, December 12th, recent International Blues Challenge solo contest winner Watermelon Slim performs. And at the Full Moon Club Friday, December 10th, Michael Glabicki, lead singer of the Pittsburgh jam band Rusted Root, performs a solo set. •
-- Chris Herrington