The High Divers
The Elwins, The Blue Collar Coalition
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“We just wanted to be a kickass, road-ready, rock ’n’ roll band”, muses frontman, Luke Mitchell, of South Carolina based rock outfit, The High Divers; and with 4 years of steady national touring, 2 studio albums, and a growing fanbase that have come to love their raucous live shows: it would seem the band is making good on those original plans.
With anthemic choruses, lush 3 part harmonies, and rhythms rooted just as deeply in Motown as in rock ’n’ roll of the past and present, The High Divers create songs that nod to the classics, while carving out a sonic space all their own. A fixture of the South Carolina music scene, the band is known for it’s charismatic on-stage swagger and it’s ability to get the crowd completely and unabashedly involved. “Every show we play, I get people to sing along with us, and it’s a beautiful thing, something I look forward to every night” says Luke Mitchell, of the call and response hidden within the song “Summertime”.
The band is comprised of husband and wife, Luke Mitchell (Guitar/Vocals) and Mary Alice Mitchell (Keyboards, Vocals), along with Julius DeAngelis (Drums) and Kevin Early (Bass/Vocals). “We are here today, probably because Kevin was about 4 and learning to ride a bike in our neighborhood” says Mitchell, “then ended up hitting my Dad’s van”. “We grew up together and have been playing music in various bands since we were 14” says Early. Each member of the band grew up on Hilton Head Island, before relocating to Charleston to officially form The High Divers, where they began immediately recording their debut album, “Riverlust”.
The High Divers’ Sophomore album, “Chicora” brought the band out on the road for most of the last year signaling the return of the group after being sidelined by an auto accident during a tour out west. Released on True Blue Records, “Chicora” captures the band experimenting with synthesizers, psychedelic vocals, and pop sensibilities that could bring to mind the “Rumors” era of Fleetwood Mac. The album features Mary Alice Mitchell’s song, “Side Man” described as “A striking moment on the album…because of its narrative and the novelty of Mary Alice's vocals, "Side Man" is Chicora's most affecting song” (Chris Conaton/Popmatters).
The band is currently writing new songs before heading to Nashville to record their third album, which has a tentative release schedule of late Spring, 2019. A full US tour will follow. “Certain bands have a level of chemistry to them that coats their work in such a way where nothing seems out of place. This can be a detriment to some, who could benefit from a more spontaneous, less defined approach, but for others like The High Divers, that kind of consistency is their key resource.” (Max Mclaughlin/New Noise Magazine)
The Elwins -- singer/guitarist Matt Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist/singer Francesco Figliomeni -- came together in 2006 near Newmarket, about an hour north of Toronto. After touring extensively behind 2012's And I Thank You and 2015's Play for Keeps, the four members developed a natural chemistry, which continues to propel (and challenge) their collaborative spirit on Beauty Community. Play For Keeps notably helped garner the band a 2016 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year with its first single, "So Down Low," which amassed over 25 million audience impressions, peaked at #12 Alternative Rock, and was featured in a Canada-wide advertising campaign for Fido.
The Blue Collar Coalition
The Blue Collar Coalition was formed in November 2017 by Cody Schilling and John Loeffel. The two always wanted to form a band from the time they met in 2011 but both were in other projects and weren't able to make it happen...until now. With the addition of Cody's brother Eric Schilling on bass in April 2018, the power trio came to life. Spending countless hours together writing and rehearsing, they developed their sound and strengthened their friendship with one another. On July 26, 2019 they released their debut album "Bottoms Up". The album combines a fiery mix of rock and blues tones laced with lyrics that tell the stories not only of their own journeys, but the lives and journeys of those before them.
15711 Waterloo Rd
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