Band: Jesse Payne
Date: Sun., Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com
Tickets: $7 at the door
If there is one goal that the SouthSounds Music Festival has fulfilled, then it would be exposing the Azalea City to a plethora of bands that have gone on to become local favorites. Birmingham’s Jesse Payne definitely made a good first impression at this year’s festival, and those who missed out on this performance will get a chance to experience the folk-infused rock sounds of this promising songwriter in the intimate confines of Callaghan’s.
Payne is a natural songwriter who delivers his sound through what he calls “sonic paintings.” He crafts each piece with the intentions of spreading vivid mental images throughout his audiences. Payne derives this imagery from both life experiences and natural environments. Many might find this to be a complex foundation upon which to build music, but the sheer beauty in Payne’s delivery is quite effortless and infectious.
For his 2011 EP “Buffalo,” Payne used a cavalcade of musicians and instruments to assist him in covering his canvas of sound. The gentle nature of this album melds well with vocal and instrumental clarity giving listeners an almost unstoppable meditation. In addition to the studio cuts, Payne provides listeners with a live version of the track “Yards of Paint.”
Band: Darrow Chemical Company, Post Mortem Delirium, Dirty Mikes & the Boy
Date: Wed., Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
Venue: Alabama Music Box,
Tickets: $7 at the door
This show is going to give Mobile a generous taste of fresh punk rock. Dirty Mike Fillingim (guitar/vocals), Dirty Mike Lagrone (bass/vocals) and Adam Whatley (drums) are all former members of Four Years Down. Now, they have joined forces as Dirty Mikes & the Boy to continue spreading their underground sounds.
Post Mortem Delirium will round out the local support for this show. This furious four-piece is Mobile’s newest (and only) horror punk outfit. Drawing influences ranging from The Misfits to H.P. Lovecraft, Post Mortem Delirium has been spreading their dark rock around Mobile through the release of their single “Sick, Sad World” on various social media sites. If this song is a proper representation of their work, this group is a poisonous punk concoction laced with vehemence that leaves a metallic aftertaste.
Darrow Chemical Company will headline this event. Featuring members of Gotham Road, this group brings together notables from the modern horror punk scene. Darrow Chemical Company is on tour in support of their release “Plastic Smile.” This group is guaranteed to rain down their merciless punk fury upon their Azalea City victims.
Band: Jim St. James
Date: Thurs., Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
Venue: Gelato Joe’s, 202 E. Michigan Ave. #A (in Foley), www.gelato-joes.com
Hailing from the Midwest, Jim St. James has dedicated his life to Americana. Eventually, he made his way to the Gulf Coast, which he now calls home. Armed with his trusty acoustic, St. James began releasing his homespun original sounds in 1999 with his debut “Guitars and Radios.” His artistic persistence paid off in 2008 when his single “Caroline” shot to number one on the “Roots Americana” Chart. Currently, he is preparing to release his sixth studio album (“Till the Wheels Fall Off”) and begin his “Western Troubadour” tour, which will take him to California.
St. James skillfully mingles various elements of Americana. His songs are a perfect blend of folk and country. Songs like “My Guitar” and “Roll Away” feature Dylan-esque vocals set to country-infused acoustic guitar. This blend gives St. James’ song an eclectic nature that is truly unique.