Tickets are $5 ($3 with college ID)
See Gulls: Hatching fully-formed from the nest of the fecund Raleigh/ Durham/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina metroplex, See Gulls’ darkly jubilant rock stylings and the gleeful ferocity of their live performances make an immediate impression. Founded in 2013, See Gulls’ current lineup, including Sarah Fuller (guitar/lead vocals), Maria Albani (drums/vocals), Leah Gibson (bass/vocals), and Duncan Webster (lead guitar/vocals), coalesced after original guitarist/songwriter/videographer Jacki Huntington moved to New York City in 2014. From the start, See Gulls have worked to hone the complex rhythms, shifting time signatures, and cascading harmonies that are their hallmarks.
On the strength of early demos alone, See Gulls earned the opportunity to cut their debut record, “You Can’t See Me,” with Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Ex Hex) at Fidelitorium Recordings in February 2014.
Almost as soon as their first two songs hit Bandcamp and Soundcloud in April, they began winning supporters and making converts. Legendary rock critic Everett True breathlessly likened them to The Breeders and Throwing Muses, writing that these tantalizing morsels wrought “an overarching physical pain inside of me” at the thought “that there is See Gulls music out there I haven’t yet heard.” Lars Gotrich of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” was sold on “Don’t Write Me Love Songs” from its opening line, touting See Gulls as a must-see at Raleigh’s fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival.
Self-described as a “Surf version of TLC,” See Gulls’ sound is difficult to pin down, inviting comparisons that run the gamut from the harmonic pop groups of the early rock era to bleeding-edge ramshackle garage rock. They’ve shared bills with critical darlings and fan favorites from Mac DeMarco and Speedy Ortiz to Ex Hex. Having already drawn international attention, See Gulls have also made a decided impact on their local scene.
In September 2014, when a DJ referred to them as “a little girl band from Durham,” the ensuing furor led directly to the implementation of gender training policies for on-air talent. Whatever you call them, See Gulls defy easy categorization, preferring that the music speak for itself, and inviting everyone to bounce and scream along. https://seegullsnc.bandcamp.com/
North Elementary: Clarity is overrated. Just ask North Elementary, a band that boasts its blissed-out, fuzzed-out pop with swagger equivalent to its rock ‘n’ roll sensibilities. Between distorted chords and driving riffs, John Harrison leads the band through labyrinthine songs tinged with lo-fi, vintage grit. It’s the happy medium between heady, atmospheric rock and arresting noise, and Harrison and company bounce between these two poles authoritatively. From a sound that originated in bedrooms and basements in the early ’90s to Harrison’s past involvement with psychrock band The Comas, North Elementary has proven itself a chameleon. Still, in the shift from static to beeps to arresting vocals, the band maintains a distinct and inimitable identity, one that’s garnered praise from critics throughout the Triangle and beyond. North Elementary weaves sonic textures with unexpected and incredible results, merging myriad noises into concentrated meditations. Who needs clarity when there’s so much beauty in the chaos? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d79SzfveMyM
Hectorina: “… a master’s course in scorching, advanced post-punk”