The Scorchin' Sons
by Jen Nelson | TriadLiveMusic.com contributing writer
Located on the top floor of an apartment building, nestled in the heart of Greensboro, surrounded by guitars, sits Brandon Wise and Adam Tate, two-fifths of one of Greensboro's rising bands.
Creativity is evident in the room as notes and chords infused with vocals fill the air to turn a small space into a magical kingdom of music that can only be defined when several souls come together to make something mystical.
This magic has not come too easily. The Scorchin' Sons have gone through two years of changes, including a new line-up that has only been playing together for the past two months.
From the changes, Wise on guitar and vocals, Tate on bass, Griffin Phillips on lead guitar, Laura Melson on saxophone and Cameron Willard on drums have emerged as a band with a motto.
"We like to look classy and play nasty," Wise said.
As the front man, Wise enjoys evoking a response from the audience through the attitude, which is completely immersed in music, that The Scorchin' Sons have adopted.
"I don't have a life outside of music," Wise said. "We wake up, party, jam, do our chores, go to sleep, and then we wake up and do it all again. [Music] was the first thing I committed to."
The members, all in their late teens and early twenties, have no problem showing their classy appearance. Before playing at their Aug. 25 show at The Clubhouse in Greensboro, Wise and Phillips took time to introduce themselves to other bands and audience members, which made the bar atmosphere more inviting and comfortable.
But as soon as The Scorchin' Sons took the stage, all eyes were locked on them. It did not take long for the blues infused music to wash over the crowd. The Scorchin' Sons "played nasty" as the audience got down and moved with the music.
"When you see people appreciating what you have put time into, it is the best," Wise said.
Tate also takes pleasure in positive audience responses to his music.
"As long as there are people digging what we're doing, it's be the best feeling in the world," Tate said.
The Scorchin' Sons play music that is deeply rooted in the members' interest in blues and '50s style music, somewhat of a rarity in the Greensboro music scene; however, for these musicians, the throwback to the Blue-Eyed Soul genre is a way to distinguish themselves.
"Without [Melson on saxophone], we would just be another wannabe rock n roll band," Tate said.
Between their original sound, proficient musicianship, and ability to entertain a live audience, The Scorchin' Sons are well on their way to success and will be recording their first EP in October at On Pop of the World Studios, where national acts, such as Holy Ghost Tent Revival, have also recorded.
Most importantly, the members invite friends, fans and music lovers seeking a good time to join their classy and nasty club by going out to shows to get "your foot a'tappin' and your hips a'shakin'" with them as they play.
To find more information on The Scorchin' Sons, visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheScorchinSons.
To get classy and nasty with the band, come to Club Orion in Greensboro Sept. 15 for a live performance, where The Scorchin' Sons will be playing alongside their friends from The Orchidales.