Horsehead, Exebelle, Missy Chiles

Horsehead, Exebelle, Missy Chiles

Sat, January 19, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$8 ADV, $10 DOS

Tickets at the Door

Horsehead
Horsehead
Casual Dracula, the 5th full-length release by Richmond, VA's Horsehead is a concise and exciting new effort that finds the group rejuvenated and firing on all cylinders.

After the group's 4th album, 2013's "Sympathetic Vibrations," was backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, took almost a year to record and was placed on the ballot for a 2014 Grammy nomination, they were determined to capture the sound of the band as it is; 5 people playing Rock&Roll in a room, together.

With Casual Dracula, the entirety of the collection's 11 new songs, penned by singer-guitarist Jon Brown with writing help on 3 songs by longtime friend and band mate of 17 years, guitarist Kevin Wade Inge, were recorded in just 4 days at Richmond's Scott's Addition Sound by engineer Kevin Willoughby.

"Just as our fourth record was being released, my mother passed away and I couldn't function. Suddenly, there's this giant hole in the universe," Brown says. "As a person who writes songs almost daily, I found myself directionless and uninspired, except that I knew I wanted to write a song in her honor. I kept having a very vivid, recurring dream about her for months that lead to the writing of "I Built A Bridge," the final song on the record. In a way, it helped me get back on my feet again. It was rewritten about 15 times before I was satisfied. With that song done, I felt a little lighter and able to begin writing again."
After that initial jolt, the writing really began to take a somewhat political slant, exemplifying the division of wealth in America in "Last Word Wins" and "Border Living", while also touching on subjects like depression in "Feel Too Good To Cry."

While preparing to record the album, Jon, Kevin, drummer Gregg Brooks and bassist Randy Mendicino enlisted the help of talented keyboardist, Ben Willson. This addition of Willson to the band really allowed them to get a succinct, stripped-down sound, being able to record mostly live in the studio. "The experience of making this record was such a cleansing and positive one for me," says Brown. Inge adds, "It just feels immediate, real, and right."

Casual Dracula is a dynamic, unapologetic love letter to American Rock and Roll.
Exebelle
Exebelle
Taking inspiration from Virginia's folk tradition as well as the rural country-rock of Ryan Adams, the Band, and Neil Young, songwriters Philip Heesen and C.E. Wright formed Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade in September 2007. Kerry Hutcherson joined the duo soon after, having previously cut his teeth with the local group Copper Sails, while bassist Ryan Owenby enlisted after the disintegration of his own Richmond-based band, Motion Picture Demise. The lineup remained intact for the local release of The Skeletor Sessions in 2008; shortly thereafter, though, Wright returned to his native Utah. With their original frontman gone, the remaining members began incorporating thick harmonies and varied instrumentation into their previously stripped-down music. The Antipoison Creek Sessions displayed the new sound in 2009, with each member contributing lead vocals to at least one of the EP's four tracks, and the countrified C.A.F. followed a few months later. Exebelle wrapped up the year by putting the finishing touches on Vivement l'Automne!, which appeared in early 2010. That same year, Virginia native Ben Willson joined the group on piano and vocals, making his Exebelle [record] debut on 2011's "V". - Andrew Leahey, AllMusicGuide

Having gone without drums for quite some time, the band gained the aid of Mike Tremble for a short while in 2011 -- who had performed previously drummed with the band, some years before -- but then were back to square one when nature called Mike to LA. In 2012, with Philip's newly-acquired position in the popular Richmond band "Long Arms", he and their drummer Greg Butler became fast friends, leading Greg to graciously agree, along with Willson's friend and former bandmate Steve Chiles filling Owenby's spot on bass, to join the ranks of the Cavalcade in their quest toward a rowdier, more rewarding destiny. In 2014, Butler moved on and Exebelle welcomed drummer Kevin Willoughby into the fold.
Amidst a plethora of local shows that only keep growing in number and size, the quintet is also wrapping up its debut full-length (twice that, actually, as it is a double-album) in the studio and -- after what will have been a three-year process -- plans to have it out by the end of 2014.
Missy Chiles and Exebelle
Missy Chiles and Exebelle
Missy Chiles - vox, rhythm guitar, organ
Steve Chiles - bass
Phil Heesen III - guitar
Kerry Hutcherson - pedal steel
Kevin Willoughby - drums
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org