FMH & The Bowery Present
with The Contortionist, Nick Johnston
Friday, July 26th
Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets: ADV $22 • DOS $25
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Between The Buried And Me
What if dreams could be broadcast for the purpose of entertainment? Could you consume the innermost thoughts of another person on screen? If you could, what does that say about an attention-starved audience? More importantly, what would become of the dreamer?
Between The Buried and Me pose those questions and more on their two-part eighth full-length and introductory offering for Sumerian Records, Automata. The North Carolina quintet—Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. [lead vocals, keyboards], Paul Waggoner [lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals], Dustie Waring [rhythm and lead guitar], Blake Richardson [drums], and Dan Briggs [bass, keyboards]—explore these themes by personally smashing boundaries once again. Automata marks the band’s first proper double LP-spanning concept. It sees them venture into new territory with visual accompaniment for the entire body of work. Moreover, they continue to expand their ever-evolving style, upholding a tradition of progression in the process.
“We never want to repeat ourselves,” affirms Paul. “We’re always trying to do something different, and this album fell right into that sort of pattern. We push ourselves into new places, while retaining our basic sound. Musically, we go somewhere that’s fun and challenging. We never know how it’s going to turn out. These are uncharted waters for us. We’ve never taken on a visual capacity of this magnitude. We’ve never written an entire piece and presented it in separate parts like this.”
Tommy agrees, “This many years into our career, we want to continue doing things differently.”
The Contortionist represents fearlessness in musical expression, designed to please artist as much as audience. This band makes progressive metal music, anchored in the heavy sounds that first drew the individual players to the stage, yet unmoored by convention or expectation.
From humble beginnings as a small town teenager, hell bent on mastering the guitar, to one of the worlds premiere virtuoso guitar players, Nick Johnston’s journey has been a wild and fulfilling one. With five studio albums, countless tours and clinics around the world, a signature guitar series with Schecter, and acclamations from just about every legendary guitar player on the planet, Nick Johnston has shown what practice, persistence, and a unique viewpoint can accomplish.
Nicks sound and approach to the guitar are highly unique, born of a love for everything from the blues to classic scifi scores, and an unabiding penchant for storytelling. His songs, though instrumental, paint vivid and telling pictures. From an intimate moment, to a vast and timeless narrative, his music conveys a larger story than most instrumental music is capable of.