Watch the Pablo Sessions from J.S. Terry

Scene SC is really onto something with these Pablo Sessions. I'm a huge fan of both the music and the movement of the Pablo Generation, and these live sessions in the Scene SC Headquarters are a great way to showcase their talents. This one featuring J.S. Terry is the closest thing I've seen to a Pablo supergroup, for which I believe I'm the number one advocate. Here's to the next Pablo Sampler having at least one track from the Pablo supergroup. For now, though, you can enjoy J.S. Terry playing "Dress" and "Garden" live from Scene SC HQ.


Cisco Kids Recorded 'Swamp Haus' in the Swamps of Awendaw

With roots reaching back as far as 2013 in the College of Charleston dorms, four-piece jam rock act Cisco Kids has just released their debut EP. Drummer J'Dian Bennet met the current members of Cisco Kids when he was a freshman at CofC. That year, J'Dian and Carter Holland started a short-lived band called Husk Tales with Harrison Carr of Friend Chips and Brennan Clark, who would later go on to play bass in Whitehall. Husk Tales would get together and jam in rapper Anfernee's McAlister dorm room. Husk Tales played a handful of gigs, but eventually the band broke up and the members found themselves immersed in other projects.

J'Dian went on to play with Pierce Alexander, while Carter was jamming with the dudes from Wildisiak. They stayed in touch, but never really got back together to make music again until J'Dian met Parker Howard through a mutual friend. From there J'Dian, Parker, and Carter linked up with bassist Josh Butler for a jam session that today stands as the band's first practice. It was during this first practice that they came up with "Daphne", which is track 3 on the new Swamp Haus EP.

You may have heard the first two demos from Cisco Kids, "Daphne" and "Sexi Thighs" when they were released in November of last year. These tracks were recorded on Carter's Macbook.

Cisco Kids kept on jamming and playing shows around town until they met Eddie White of Awendaw Green through their friend Julius Siler. Julius works for 98 Rock and 1055 The Bridge, and he introduced the boys to the Awendaw Green crowd, where they played in a Barn Jam series. Eddie has a solar panel-powered cabin in the swamps of Awendaw that is lovingly referred to as "Swamp House". He let Cisco Kids use the cabin for a weekend to record this EP.

Eddie gave them directions to his cabin, which is quite literally in the middle of nowhere, and after spending some time lost in the woods they found it, and immediately knew this would be there perfect place to record their EP. The band spent some time drinking and exploring the land to get them in the zone before getting down to business. Surrounded by nothing but wilderness and alligators, Cisco Kids recorded most of the Swamp Haus EP in one take. The solitude of the Awendaw Swamps provided them with inspiration, and they wanted to get these songs recorded before the inspiration was lost to drunkenness or hungry gators.

The songs on Swamp Haus were not recorded with lyrics, because the band decided that they weren't quite ready to put them in the songs. They chose instead to let the music speak for itself. J'Dian quotes Jim, the owner of AC's in saying, "Don't fix what ain't broken." In 2018, Cisco Kids plan to record more music both as a four-piece and in collaboration with lyricists in Charleston and the surrounding areas.

And now, before you stream the EP, a statement from Cisco Kids themselves:

We named the EP 'Swamp Haus' to give credit where credit is due. Thank you to those who have helped us along the way, we would not be the band we are without their support. So thank you to Julius, Eddie White, and those at Awendaw Green. They call it the Swamp House so behold you know have the "Swamp Haus" EP. It was truly a blessed experience and we hope to record music there in the future. Please come out to a show in the near future to hear the EP. We will have merch for sale soon, so be on the lookout for that and you are now able to stream our EP on our Facebook or on our Soundcloud. Thank you all for the support and extra thanks goes out to our friends at Extra Chill. Catch us at our next show!!

-Love from the boys in Cisco Kids, Charleston's Premier Boy Band


Vanity Plates and Hot Showers Release Split Tape

Just in case you needed any more proof that Charleston's DIY scene is alive and well, Vanity Plates and Hot Showers just released this split tape. They recorded this one at The Dumgeon, which you may be familiar with as the basement studio at Scott Dence's place. It's the same Dumgeon where DIY punks DUMB Doctors record all their music, and its becoming a hotspot for local bands to go crank out some low-budget tunes. This Vanity Plates / Hot Showers split is the newest project to be spit out of The Dumgeon.

Both Vanity Plates and Hot Showers have been playing shows around Charleston for a while now without much recorded material to bring home to your family, until now, that is. "WHYDIDUDIE" and "DUI GOD" and the first two songs that Vanity Plates has put out. "Hot" and "Cool" are the first two offerings from Hot Showers, other than their WSBF Live Sessions back in January.

There are some familiar faces in each band, too. Vanity Plates consists of a couple members of Secret Guest, and Hot Showers is boasting some of the Makeout Reef brigade, including members of Del Sur and Camel Blues Band.

Stream that tape below.


Cole Collins to Release New EP and Full-Length Album in 2018

Photo: Jorge Garcia

Last month, Cole Collins played at The Royal American with Beach Tiger and Grace Joyner. In the crowd during Cole's set were Jorge Garcia, whom you may recognize as manager of The High Divers, and Cole's father Marc Collins, among others. Marc and Jorge recorded part of the set and sent it over to Cole, who edited the video and audio down to create this new live video. It's pretty awesome to hear that Cole's father is not only in support of his son's musical ambitions, but also plays a role in helping to further them.

The song featured here is an untitled track that will be on the next Cole Collins album. It's a nice little taste of the music that Cole has been exploring in his world of alternative rock, and a good sign of things to come. Cole says that he plans to release a single in January (not this song), a new EP in the Spring, and a full-length album in the Summer.

Stay tuned, and enjoy.


Watch Rare Creatures with B-Side Sessions

If you've kept up with Stop Light Observations over the past year or so, you might recognize Coleman Sawyer. He played bass with Stop Light since they got their start back in 2011 or so, and stuck with them up until they finished recording their 2016 album Toogoodoo. According to an interview he did with Charleston Scene, Coleman left Stop Light Observations because he was losing sight of what music meant to him, and he just wasn't feeling it anymore. He parted ways with the band on good terms, and then put his musical ambitions on the shelf for several months to pursue other ventures.

That didn't last long, though. Earlier this year Sawyer caught the bug again and picked up his guitar. After playing a solo gig or two, he was right back on the songwriting train and assembled a new band, which for a while didn't have a name. Eventually the new four-piece was dubbed Rare Creatures, and they've been playing shows around town under that moniker for the past six months.

Rare Creatures hasn't finished putting together studio recordings of any of their songs yet, but they have plenty written and ready to roll. They recently linked up with B-Side Sessions to play one of these songs at Fairweather Studio. Check them out playing "Dangerous Indeed" below, and head down to The Royal American tomorrow night to see them live with Myfever and Youngster.

Merry Christmas from SUSTO

Put a little SUSTO in your stocking this Christmas with their new 7" vinyl release that's now available for pre-order. The vinyl will feature three (well, two and a half) new tracks from SUSTO, including "R.I.P. Santa", a cover of "Feliz Navidad", and "Serial Monogamist", which premiered on Amazon Music back in February. "R.I.P Santa" premiered today via Baeble Music, and is streaming exclusively there. "Feliz Navidad" premiered last week on American Songwriter.

Pour some egg nog out for St. Nick.

Pre-order A Casual Christmas here.