ASIDE from their appearance at 2015’s A-Town Get Down, A Fragile Tomorrow hasn’t played Savannah since hitting Livewire a couple years back. It’s all good: they’ve busy, playing with The Bangles, hitting SXSW, and, perhaps most interestingly, setting up a new recording studio, Low Watt, in Savannah.
Former Charlestonians, bandmates, and brothers Dominic and Sean Kelly teamed up with producer Ted Comerford when Comerford moved the already-established Low Watt Recording Studios to Savannah. They planned on making the drive up 17 every few days to help him convert the former Twelve Below rehearsal space on Broughton Street into a bona fide and stylish creative haven.
“We didn’t have any intention of moving,” says Sean. “We were back and forth, sleeping on the floor.”
Somewhere between knocking down walls and jamming in the studio until the wee hours of the morning, the brothers decided to lay down roots in the Hostess City. Thriving on downtown’s youthful energy and Low Watt’s convenient location (it’s that little door tucked between Panera Bread and Flying Monk Noodle Bar), the busy brothers are ready to explore—and perform for—their new hometown.
With the encouragement of their label, Mpress Records, the band has recently glammed up their energetic power-pop sound, seeking inspiration in T. Rex, Roxy Music, and David Bowie.
They’re bringing Charleston friends Finnegan Bell and Danielle Howle + Firework Show to the Wormhole stage.
Columbia, SC-based Finnegan Bell have been pleasing ears with their take on harmonious Americana for over a decade.
Often called “South Carolina’s best-kept secret,” Danielle Howle dominates the stage with a bluesy honky-tonk swagger and a fascinating history in indie rock. Now partnering with Charleston band Firework Show, Howle previously released solo work on iconic labels like Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, and Simple Machines. She recently recorded an album in a solar-powered swamp house. She’s toured with Fugazi. You just gotta see her.
“It’s an injustice that she’s not massively famous,” says Dominic.
The bands are all connected, sharing drummers and bassists; it’ll be a fun stage shuffle, and a great introduction to our new neighbors.
Thursday, April 16, 10 p.m., free