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Grace Conley Music
with MIGHTY (acoustic) & Indee Killed the Pop Star
Friday, May 24 at #VinylATL
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
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• All Ages Welcome
• Vinyl is a general admission, standing room venue
• Tickets available online via Freshtix.com or without ticket fees in person at the Center Stage Box Office, M-F, 11-6. Online sales end at 6pm on day of show
Grace Conley is singer and songwriter from just north of Atlanta, Georgia. Her influences include Joni Mitchell, Noah Kahan, and Indee Killed the Pop Star. Growing up on a farm run by her family, her music is rooted in a deep love for nature and wide open spaces. She can often be found playing at local Atlanta venues such as Eddie’s Attic, Smith’s Olde Bar and Red Clay Music Foundry, as well as the street corners in her hometown of Alpharetta.
Her upcoming EP, due in May 2019, is filled with heartfelt ideas, both lyrically and musically. It begins on a planet far away, capturing a familiar loneliness, before starting on a journey of self discovery and growth, coming to an end with the open freedom that feels like home to a wandering soul such as her own.
Find her on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Deezer, Pandora, and everywhere else you download or stream music!
Angelo Fiaretti – Vocals, Guitar
Joseph Dempsey – Bass
Cameron Latham – Drums
“The big joke when we were working on this record was, ‘Oh, this is never coming out,’” muses MIGHTY frontman Angelo Fiaretti. As it turns out, he was right: What you’ll hear on the self-titled debut LP from the Atlanta-based band is definitely not the same album they began working on in 2016 – but MIGHTY isn’t the same band, either.
For the better part of a year, the singer had been laboring over a batch of garage-meets-grunge songs with producer Daniel Gleason (of indie rock band Grouplove) – songs they thought were good enough to comprise the follow-up to 2015’s Bye, Have Nice! EP.
But they instead ended up mining a new emotion, one that served as the impetus for wholesale change and the underpinning of what both the band and album would eventually become. What started as a de facto solo project for Fiaretti in 2012 has now grown to a trio – with bassist Joseph Dempsey and drummer Cameron Latham rounding out the ranks to transform the singer’s musical blueprints into a gripping collection of vulnerable indie-rock.
The feeling that ultimately led them there? Doubt.
Doubt has followed Fiaretti nearly his entire musical life, dating back to his teenage days as a staple in Pittsburgh basements and DIY punk spaces. But instead of pushing those feelings of second-guessing down, he finally let them steer the ship this time around.
So the band scrapped an album’s worth of songs and started from scratch, unafraid to let darkness and doubt creep into the subject matter of MIGHTY’s songs – whether relating to the world at large or even themselves.
That acceptance ultimately broke through in a big way, resulting in songs like the dreamy, anthemic “Drip Drop” and the visceral energy of “Safe And Sound”: songs that showcase both where the band has been and, more importantly, where they are now. They’re standouts in the most confident, brazenly honest MIGHTY material to date – a testament to what can happen when you embrace uncertainty, as unnerving as it can be.
“The whole record is a bit like, ‘Fuck, am I doing this right?’” Fiaretti says. “‘Undertones’ was the song that changed everything. There’s a sense of disappointment there in something or someone you believed in. Having your perception of someone shattered so much ended up moving the record to something where I could talk more openly about the darker aspects of my life.”
Welcoming that darkness helped elevate the songs that originally made up MIGHTY from good enough to exactly the record the band needed to write. It’s an album that closely examines our flaws as humans, throwing an arm around the ugly parts of both ourselves and others. Most importantly, it uses any sense of doubt Fiaretti felt as a catalyst, lighting a fire for raw emotion that gives MIGHTY an undeniable edge among its most memorable alternative rock moments. As individuals and a collective work, the songs are intimately personal yet ultimately universal – all at once a lifeline for those who need a helping hand and a cathartic look back into the singer’s past.
“On stage, my brain takes me back to where I was when I wrote the songs,” Fiaretti says. “It’s really hard to deal with, but it feels really good. I wouldn’t do this if there weren’t some sense of a communal experience and connection with the audience. It’s like therapy.”
INDEE KILLED THE POP STAR:
Indee Killed the Pop Star, an indie-folk band from the deep South, combines classical inspiration with a rock-pop mix for audiences around Atlanta. With hints of opera and jazz bursting through the vocals, strings and woodwinds provide a bright backdrop for songs about love, pain, healing and... cats. Lead singer Indee, a self-described "bad-ass rockstar bitch", made a huge impression three years ago, placing fourth runner-up in the first season of Atlanta's Sing For Your Life competition. Since then, her and her band have played venues around the city and around Georgia, creating genre-twisting, original songs and breathing fresh air into the local music scene.