The Melting Point
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013
- All Ages Show -
Bryan J. Howard has toured with the Violent Femmes as part of the Horns of Dilemma and played bass with Jim White, Sarah Lee Guthrie and is a full time member of Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival. During some time away from the road life, he founded his own act, The Heap, and has been bringing their innovative brand of “indie-soul stew” to audiences across the country ever since. In honor of his 40th birthday, we will host a show which is also a benefit for Nuci’s Space! The celebration will feature performances by The HEAP, Free Mountain, a special reunion show by Slackdaddy, The Spinoffs and more. Doors open @ 6pm, Music starts promptly @ 7:30pm! Slackdaddy arrived in Athens in 1996 and played consistently for 7 years. The band toured regionally and nationally, released 3 full-length albums. Though they never officially broke up, the band has not played a show in 9 years. This is the triumphant return featuring the 3 founding members, Andrew McCain, Ian Werden, and Bryan J. Howard. more >>> Stylized power pop from long time Athenians Kathy Kirbo (Jackpot City), Chris McKay (Critical Darlings), Tim Payne (Fuzzy Sprouts), and Bryan J. Howard (The HEAP).
"The Spinoffs: Oh, my stars. An all-star lineup featuring members of Heavy Feather, The HEAP and the Critical Darlings offers a few great songs about stars… "Lucky Stars," which you can hear on this year's AthFest CD, and the beautiful "Stars Go On," which the band played in tribute to Jon Guthrie at its debut (and only previous) show. But the other tracks are pretty stellar, too. I'm looking forward to hearing the Stooges/Pretenders-inspired "Disposable," a song Kathy Kirbo says is about "corporate greed and its long-term effects on the environment"—something the local activist knows a lot about. Kirbo says this project serves as sort of an experimental playing ground—a place to try out alternative tunings and go off in new directions not explored in the members' other bands. "They are all rock-based right now," she says of The Spinoffs' tunes, "but span from surreal, artsy rock to Deadhead-esque to power pop. Chris [McKay] said 'space pop,' and I think he's on to something. I like spacepop."
----Michelle Gilzenrat, Flagpole Magazine, June 20, 2011 more >>> Athens super group playing huge riff rock. The band features Kevin Sweeney (Hayride) on guitar, Mark Brill (Hayride) on drums, Bryan J. Howard (Kevn Kinney's S.T.A.R./The HEAP), and Jared Hasmuk (The Dictatortots). You do not want to miss this show! more >>> The HEAP's sound is something new, yet not unfamiliar. Bryan J. Howard's baritone vocal delivery combined with crunched out tenor bass, soulful keys, the HEAP Horns' punctuated harmony riffing, and laid back upright bass grooves underpinned by dance friendly percussion yield a sound that distinctly recalls southern soul roots while never letting you forget that we are "in the future now!" more >>>