– Benjamin Mauch is somewhat of an expatriate from the Old Dominion, having spent several years in Asia before returning to suburbs of Richmond. Prior to his move abroad, Mauch grew up along the fall line & attended university in the foothills of the Blue Ridge (that’s about as “Virginia” as it gets). Mauch’s work is 21st century minimalist composition.
– Joey Wright & Nathan McGlothlin (who are also part of TLVS’ current incarnation) showcase a beauty in subtle layer manipulation with lo-fi charm. Opting for improvisation over set structures, each performance (live or recorded) balance feelings of isolation, distance, and fear with solace, presence, and hope.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
– Charm City inhabitant (after a couple years’ stint in the Hill City), Harmon continually presents the residual affect of the “renaissance man” bug that bit him early on. Most of his output is of a visual (drawing, painting) & aural vein. Behind the mic, he marries a silky croon with the futuristic bent of his writing. With a right incredible rhythm section in tow, Jeremiah looks to romance the minds & hearts of anyone within earshot.
– These days, the artist currently known as KillGXXD is working his way out of the stereotypical DJ role. After several seasons in Lynchburg, the beatmaker/producer has taken to the Garden State is search of new inspiration. Tropicalia meets Dilla.
– The mind of Todd Webb is a many splendored thing. Outside of his visual work (drawing nationally recognized comics & gallery shows on both coasts) & his “main” project seamonster, there exists “Oahu”. Here, Webb explores simple electronic textures that reflect a laissez-faire view of the day-to-day.
– ‘Twould be too lazy to write this off with quips of ex-“this band” or featuring members of “that band”. The group’s heartbeat is a contagiously odd brand of rock music that finds home in both Tori Hovater & Landis Wine. With a full-length & the better part of a year in touring support under their belt, Opin has landed in the HSAL stable for the current season.
– Upon completing art school in the mid-1970’s, Steve moved to the United States at the request of a small record label and began recording songs. He now has eleven albums of original work released on several small independent labels. The work ranges from rock music to more experimental poetry and spoken word, performed over electronic loop based compositions.
TLVS (the late virginia summers)
– Having survived a handful of lineup changes, TLVS is currently a three piece that works with other artists from time to time. Sonically, the group plays off both the shoegazing bliss of the 90’s & the ambient texture of 21st century post rock.