You better not stay sober – Scowl Brow, Pleather, and Space Wizard at The Station

You better not stay sober – Scowl Brow, Pleather, and Space Wizard at The Station

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Kicking off their weekend mini-tour Thursday night at The Station on Central, Scowl Brow turned the place into a party. Playing their first show, Space Wizard warmed the crowd up by playing the kind of stuff my dad would dig, and I mean that in the best way possible.

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These guys are good.  Classic stoner rock, with hints of doom, it was impossible to not tap your foot or start nodding your head.

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I’m looking forward to seeing this Charlotte trio play more shows and really find their groove.  As of right now I could only find one recorded song online ( and it’s great, so if classic or stoner rock is something that grabs your interest, give these guys a listen and make sure you stay up to date with what they’re doing.

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Next show that I could find at this time will be  March 16 at The Station.

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Pleather was up next and as usual, did not disappoint.  They play psychedelic, garage style punk rock and roll, and they’re another band that I always find myself tapping my foot, nodding my head, and singing along to.

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The four-piece is just fun.  There’s really no other way to describe them.  They’re a band that makes me think of just having a good time while listening to good music.  Keep your ears open for their next show and go have a good time.

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The Charlotte music scene knows Scowl Brow.  The Charlotte music scene loves Scowl Brow.  And with good reason.  Robby Hale, Josh Taddeo, and Justin Driscoll seem to work perfect together.

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Seeing one of their shows is like attending a party where everyone is best friends, and that’s genuinely what it feels like.  For the unfamiliar, SB plays rock and roll with an indie rock/punk rock influence.  Sit down with their record and it’s clear that Robby isn’t just singing songs; rather, he’s telling stories that it seems most people that listen are able to find a connection to.

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The lyrics and the music fit seamlessly and the result is, in my humble opinion, the best band North Carolina has seen in years.  Take a little time and get to know the guys and you’ll meet some of the nicest, and most sincere people you could ever have the opportunity to meet.  I could go on and on about how much I love this band, so I’ll keep it short:  Scowl Brow is a band you need in your life, so love yourself and let Scowl Brow be part of your life.

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This show, like every other Scowl Brow show I’ve seen was a total blast.  A room full of people, all smiling, hugging each other, and singing along at the top of their lungs.  It’s enough to make anyone happy.  They closed the show with what’s become sort of an anthem, Sober.

Scowl Brow 08There’s really not any words to describe it, you just have to experience it for yourself.  They are playing in Charleston, SC tonight at Joe Pasta ( on King Street.  If you’re in the area make sure you see them before they head back up to Charlotte.

On the way out, I got to catch a few minutes of the Stray Cat Sideshow, a group of fire performers.

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They were keeping the crowd entertained in between sets while the bands set up, and watching them was a little mesmerizing.  If you’re looking for people to entertain at your next event and want something that’ll set you apart from everything else, contact this group.  Have them come play with fire for you.

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Date: February 25, 2016

Venue: The Station ( Charlotte, NC

Photographer: Bobby Whitmire (

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