Sat Mar 30 2013

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge

One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

Ages 18+

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Mercy Lounge
Modoc , Tesla Rossa , The Rouge and House of Heroes

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  • Modoc



    Rock music may not hold the cultural sway it did in the days of Zeppelin or Hendrix, but dont tell that to MODOC. Or tell them, sure, but prepare yourself for the clear-eyed defense of the genre coming your way. Like the Nashville trios contemporaries in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Queens of the Stone Age and Band of Skulls, MODOC are weathering this cultural lull just fine, carrying the torch for the sort of gritty, swaggering rock music that topped the Billboard charts long before bedazzled pop tarts ever had a say.

    They are true believers: There is no gimmick,” says singer Clint Culberson. Good thing because audiences are tiring of gimmicks too. In fact, MODOC have seen it with their own eyes, playing to increasingly larger and more passionate audiences at Summerfest, SXSW and MidPoint, among other gatherings, and at over 150 shows across the South and Midwest in 2013. Theres only so long you can put up with manufactured, repetitive, candy ass dross before you want the real thing. And MODOC are plenty happy to give it to us.

    Chances are youre reading this because you have at least a hint of what were discussing here. Perhaps MODOC played your city and blew the doors off the place,” as they did in Baton Rouge according to attendee and Daytrotter commentator Will Spann. Or maybe you heard MODOC when they were Fox Sports’ Band of the Month, or when ABC music supervisors wisely placed Devil On My Shoulder” behind fall promos for the show 666 Park Avenue. (CBS followed suit in 2014, using Devil” in Reckless.) Like so much of MODOCs work, the song revels in twilight and seduction: Theres something bout loneliness that sets you free,” sings Culberson, throwing his arms wide open to embrace the exile from the world that cut him loose. Its like a Southern Gothic novel on steroids, and its sinister thrum will have you staring wild-eyed into the night like only the best rock music can do, flames a-flicker.

    MODOC are such convincing torchbearers for several reasons, chief among them that Culberson, John Carlson (drums/vocals) and Kyle Addison (lead guitar/vocals) have played together in one form or another since attending the same Indiana college. After a stint playing as sidemen for a local musician, the three set their collective sights outside the Midwest, leaving behind their friends and families to join the resurgent rock scene in Nashville, where in recent years Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jeff the Brotherhood, Paramore, Autovaughn and others have infused the city with a vivid and edgier energy.

    "In our minds, the scene was huge, so we just thought, ‘let's go down there and be a part of it,’” Carlson says. "I feel like we got to experience something unique in the city's history, the re-birth of a new thing coming out of Nashville. It was an amazingly good decision. We love it here.

    MODOC formed soon after the boys got settled, and they went right to work self- producing records and breaking into the notoriously hard-to-impress local scene thanks

    to fierce, enveloping live shows that made the band impossible to ignore. Indeed, though Nashvilles streets are littered with musicians, producers and songwriters who quit dreaming at the first hint of difficulty, MODOC relished the opportunity to determine their own fate — a DIY approach that rings true for them even today. "We've always had the deciding stamp on our work,” Culberson says.

    Look no further than the bands self-titled album for evidence of this determination and commitment to craft. The eponymous effort, released the latter part of 2013, sounds like it was recorded in a tony L.A. studio with Dave Grohl or Nick Raskulinecz despite the fact that it was cut in a Music City garage. It was, in the words of Carlson, a “‘dont trip on your way to the lawn mower” type of situation. And yet MODOC revs and hisses like a classic jet black Mustang speeding top-down on a desert highway — each explosive riff and anguished tale taking you farther and farther away from that scene in the garage. When Addisons sinister, tremolod guitar sits beneath Culbersons soulful yelp in the first seconds of When Ya Coming Home,” MODOCs opener, its made clear that, for the listener at least, it wont be anytime soon.

    Even before relocating from their home state of Indiana, Nashvilles robust rock scene was never far from MODOCs mind. The band considered larger metropolises like New York and Los Angeles, but ultimately the re-ascendant Southern outpost felt just right. I dont know that wed fit in or stand out in L.A.,” Culberson says, laughing, although West coast crowds will very likely take just as viscerally to the bands live show as they have elsewhere. The same might be said of rock and pop fans in the U.K., where MODOC have recently turned their attention due to that countrys unabashed and continuous history of supporting the up-and-comers and veterans acts alike.

    Just a few years into their increasingly buzzed-about run, MODOC now have the sort of momentum that should make the next few years exhilarating for band and fan alike. Culberson, Carlson, and Addison are already demoing material for the MODOC follow- up, and have confirmed performances at, Summerfest, Bunbury and more for 2014. The band is also seeing growth outside the U.S. in far flung locales like Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Germany and Australia, a testament to MODOCs potent affect as much as the ease with which great music spreads online these days. It doesnt hurt, of course, when the folks behind Band of the Day — one of iTunes’ top music discovery apps — select your band to play their official SXSW party, or when Apple itself deems your work New and Noteworthy.

    But thats the thing, isnt it? Rock music isnt dead, despite all critical lamenting to the contrary — its just hanging underground for a spell, incubating while the starlets and boy bands have another fleeting day. And when it reemerges, as it inevitably will, MODOC will be waiting to give the people what they want, no gimmicks necessary. 

  • Tesla Rossa

    Tesla Rossa


    For the son of a casket salesman from Nashville Tennessee, music was the only path that would allow him to live forever. Growing up in music city and a growing lust for life led Jason Denton (vocals & guitar) to songwriting, and through a chance meeting that would seem like opposite symmetry, to pair up with Ryan Tullock (guitar, backing vocals), a starving musician raised by missionary parents in Eastern Europe. The two decided to hone their craft together under the name Tesla Rossa.

    The band immediately went into the studio, writing and recording their first songs. The result was 6 demos that quickly circulated through the Nashville community, creating a firestorm of interest in the young group. Jason and Ryan soon brought on Matthew Harvey (drums) and Joseph Copeland (bass), two seasoned Nashville born players and close friends, and set out on an extensive touring schedule, playing SXSW and festivals and clubs from Austin to Boston and everywhere in between.

    With buzz now spreading to the UK, the band hears London calling, as they continue recording and putting the finishing touches on their debut EP. See what the buzz is about, visit, and get into it.

    "A smash hit!" -102.9 The Buzz (Nashville)

    "Get ready for an indie-rock explosion" - 100.1 Lightning 100 (Nashville)

    "Seriously, if you like some good ol indie rock n' roll, then you will love this. We are backing Tesla Rossa with a 110% guarantee." -Vitalic Noise

    "Local favorites. Totally good looking dudes. Completely accessible tunes. I don't want the boys of Tesla Rossa to take this the wrong way, but my dad could dig you. And so can indie-hipsters, rock-n-rollers and (I'm willing to bet) a collection of the grunge population." - SKYe Magazine

    "Brings the stage down then builds it back up again with their rockin sound." - Atlanta Examiner

  • The Rouge

    The Rouge


    Even before the release of their first major label record, the guys in The Rouge have already lived an epic rock’n’roll tale, one filled with incredible highs, humbling depths and everything in-between. 

    And their journey -- from near homelessness to the verge of stardom -- was an absolute necessity, if you ask the band.

    “You can hear everything we went through in our first single,” says vocalist Josh Vaught, discussing “Pressure,” a song off the band’s soon-to-be-released Atlantic Records debut Blurry. “The chorus goes, ‘Hey pressure / Leave us alone / All we need is rock’n’roll.’ Very simple. But it’s us about playing the kind of music we want to play, doing things our way, and not worrying about what everyone else thinks.”

    The band plans to hit the road in 2013 to showcase the new songs…and show that, maturity or not, they can still cause a ruckus on stage.

  • House of Heroes

    House of Heroes


Mercy Lounge

Modoc , Tesla Rossa , The Rouge and House of Heroes

Sat Mar 30 2013 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Modoc, Tesla Rossa, The Rouge, House of Heroes
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Ages 18+