The Winter Sounds, The Comfies, BIGBIGcar 

Melody Inn
Wednesday, May 16, 9 p.m., $5

South Carolina boyhood friends Patrick Keenan, Joseph Klass and Tim Lilly started a punk rock band in high school in the 1990s. They went their separate ways for college. Keenan and Lilly met up again in 2005 in New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Keenan then headed to Athens, Ga., with fellow musician Gina Asalon, where Klass was already living. Lilly followed after riding out the storm in a bar equipped with a generator and a working draft beer system. Once the childhood friends were reunited, the indie band the Winter Sounds was born.

Asalon was part of the band from the beginning, and they picked up drummer Donovan Babb along the way. The Winter Sounds recorded an intense, complex EP, titled Land of No Output, early last year. The band’s members toured like maniacs for the rest of the year, logging over 150 shows. In December, Livewire Recordings signed them.

They spent the first two months of 2007 in the studio remixing the EP and recording six new songs. The album Porcelain Empire debuted at No. 55 on CMJ’s Top 200 chart and will hit the stores June 26. The band is continuing its tradition of touring and booking gigs across the country until Thanksgiving, with a tour of Europe to follow.

The band’s sound is described as atmospheric indie-pop. Keegan’s Catholic background is evident with hymnal-like vocals on a few tracks.

The Melody Inn lineup includes fellow Livewire Recording artists the Comfies from Nashville, Tenn., and Indianapolis’ own BIGBIGcar.

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