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South Carolina – 2012 Albums Not To Miss

03 Jan 2013

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South Carolina – 2012 Albums Not To Miss

South Carolina - 2012 Albums Not To Miss

2012 Albums Not To Miss

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When most people think South Carolina music they think Hootie and the Blowfish…or Edwin McCain. Occasionally they think Peabo Bryson and his platinum selling duet with Celine Dion for the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. But these days all of that is changing. Toro y Moi stormed out of Columbia, SC, buzzing through the blogosphere and becoming Pitchfork’s darling. Charleston band Shovels and Rope toured the country with their new album O’ Be Joyful, opening shows for Jack White and saw their faces in print everywhere from Southern culture magazine Garden and Gun to the Wall Street Journal. The South Carolina music scene is on the rise, and here are some of the up and coming bands that are the engine behind that.


Shovels and Rope: O’ Be Joyful

Shovels and Rope

One of South Carolina’s most prized bands these days. The duo featuring Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent started their rise a couple of years ago when their song “Hells Bells” was featured on the HBO hit drama series True Blood. This album ranked in at #37 on the Paste Top 50 albums of 2012, #3 with on American Songwriters list, and #1 on our list. 2013 should give them a chance to enjoy their success.


Elim Bolt: Nude South

Elim Bolt

At the beginning of 2012 no one had heard of the band Elim Bolt. Now the Charleston band seems to be everywhere around the state with their eyes set on the prize in 2013. Their unique blend of indie rock is rooted in music from the 50’s and 60’s, featuring contrasting male and female vocal harmonies. Singer Johnnie Matthews warbles about his rural SC upbringing and is comparable to a modern Roy Orbison. “Farm Kid” is the track you’ll want to hear. It’ll grow on you quicker than kudzu.


The Restoration: Honor the Father


The Restoration is one of the more ambitious bands in the state. Not only does the band write concept albums based on SC folklore, but they dress the part live too. Their new album Honor the Father was recorded live to capture the intensity of the story. The album comes with a map and an evidence bag to shed more light on the murder mystery hidden in the lyrics of the album.


Heyrocco: Comfort

Heyrocco Comfort

After a show in Atlanta recently Heyrocco drove all night back to Charleston and got home so late, or early, they ended up just dropping their drummer off at school. They’re still young, and ubertalented and have the drive and disposition that makes other bands jealous. This album will someday be lost and covered up by their debut full length on a bigger label.


Say Brother: All I Got is Time


Technically this album came out in 2011, but it thrived with its August 2012 rerelease online. No band captures the sound and feel of a late summer Carolina front porch jam session better than Say Brother. All I Got is Time is raw and dirty. They pride themselves on the simple things, and they do it well. Just like Tom Petty, they say what they’ve got to say best over three familiar chords.

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