Jump, Little Children

Jump, Little Children

Stop Light Observations, She Returns From War

Sat, October 21, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Music Farm Columbia

Columbia, SC

$27.50

This event is all ages

$3 Surcharge at the door for those under 21. Cash only.

Jump, Little Children
Jump, Little Children
The band came together in their current lineup in 1994. Based out of Charleston, SC they toured regionally, nationally and internationally releasing 4 studio albums (The Licorice Tea Demos - 1995, Magazine - 1998, Vertigo - 2001, Between the Dim & the Dark - 2004), 2 EPs (Buzz - 1997, Between the Glow & the Light - 2005) 1 compilation of early material (The Early Years, Volume 1 - 2001) and a live double-album of their final performances (Live at the Dock Street Theatre - 2006). Known for their eclectic mix of musical influences from ethereal chamber pop to guitar driven alt-rock along with high-energy live shows, they built a grass-roots following of devoted fans across the country. After over a decade of touring and recording they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Since then the members have focused their energy on pursuing new and exciting projects:

Jay Clifford:
Jay released two solo records (Driving Blind - 2007, Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher - 2012) and founded his own studio, Hello Telescope, where he has produced records for artists such as Heather Nova and William Fitzsimmons. Jay has also collaborated with the Colorado Symphony orchestrating for artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Ariel Pink for their Red Rocks concert series.

Ward Williams:
Ward moved to New York City and has performed with various artists (Sara Bareilles, Alicia Witt, Vienna Teng, Brandi Carlisle among others).

Matthew and Evan Bivins:
The Bivins Brothers' first post-Jump project was Cabaret Kiki, a neo-cabaret variety show with music. Kiki featured some of Charleston’s finest musicians (Bill Carson, Cary Ann Hearst, Nathan Koci, Ash Hopkins) along with dancers from Charleston Ballet Theater and many other talented writers, technicians and collaborators.

The Bivins then moved to Chicago, IL. Matt has been performing mostly as a stage actor with The House Theatre, City Lit Theater, Strawdog Theatre, Barter Theater of Virginia, and the Bughouse Theater.

Evan has composed music for the Giordano Dance Company and performed and recorded with various artists (Duncan Sheik, Cary Ann Hearst, Rachel Ries, Mar Caribe, Grit & the Double Knit, Andy Wagner).

Jonathan Gray:
Johnny toured with various artists (Howie Day, William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner, Cordovas, Post Cobra, Bill Carson, Josh Hoge, Crowfield) and has been teaching music to students of all ages at Hungry Monk in Charleston.
Stop Light Observations
Stop Light Observations
STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS - VOL. I

John Keith Culbreth (aka Cubby) was 16 years old—no longer the religious child he had been back in his childhood days spent in Anderson, SC—but was, unknowingly, poised for a divine intervention of life-altering proportions. While peacefully sleeping after a classmate's musical performance, an entity presented itself to Cubby—the entity presented itself as God. "It was the most vivid dream I had ever had," says Cubby. "It felt so bizarre." "God" spoke to Cubby. It told him to contact his classmate, Will Blackburn, and come together to create music. Cubby obliged, Blackburn agreed, and the band proceeded to practice for over a year, never playing a show.

Stop Light Observations' inaugural performance took place on Sullivan's Island. Among the crowd was Cubby's childhood pastor—a man with whom he had once had a close relationship. As it turns out, Cubby's former pastor was Will Blackburn's grandfather. Divinity had served up fate. Cubby and Blackburn had been childhood friends, but never knew it. SLO was born, and the sky was the limit.

But things didn't truly take off until a few years later when SLO released their acclaimed 2013 debut, Radiation. Metronome hailed the record's "emotive and elegant" songs, which landed perfectly in the sweet spot between arena and indie rock. The band went from relative unknowns to playing Bonnaroo and selling out Charleston's largest club, The Music Farm, in just a year.

Since then, Stop Light Observations have broken the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at The Music Farm and have toured across the country, playing standout festival sets at Firefly, Summerfest, and more. SLO's most recent LP, Toogoodoo, saw coverage at major national outlets from PBS and Conan O’Brien’s Fresh Noise to Impose, PopMatters and Garden & Gun, the latter praising Toogoodoo as "a promising debut from the band, who have wowed audiences throughout the South.”

Now, following the successful release of Toogoodoo, and an ambitious year on the road in support, Stop Light Observations are poised to tackle their next major endeavor—an ongoing series of digital 45s, each with an A-side and B-side, entitled The Volume, which will disperse the band’s hard-hitting yet melodic songs in a more immediate fashion.

"The Volume is much more than just bypassing the mechanics of an album," Cubby explains. "Its about inspiring ourselves and others with this approach that lends itself to complete creative freedom. The Beatles released 250-plus songs in 7 years without the technology we have today. If they can do it, why can't we?"

At the center of the first volume is Stop Light Observations' new single, "Coyote." It’s a stunning, slow-building piano ballad that evolves strikingly through distinct dynamic phases, vocalist Will Blackburn's effortlessly toggling between a delicate croon and an anthemic howl. With "Coyote," the group distills its already potent arena-ready indie rock all the way through the song's powerful crescendo of an outro.

Thematically, “Coyote” deals with loss—something the entire band has coped with many times over the years. "The situations and emotions behind our songs are extremely personal," SLO guitarist Louis Duffie explains.

Cubby adds, "When I was 15, I started dating my childhood sweetheart—who is now my wife—and after our first year of dating we received the earth-shattering news that her best friend, Lizzy, had committed suicide. She was the sweetest, happiest, and kindest girl in our entire high school and to believe she would take her own life was unfathomable. 'Coyote' is that story for me—the story of the pack animal, still feeling alone despite its family joining in its howls of pain. It is the girl with the bright smile taking her life—the fallen angel. It's the first time you meet up with all your friends and that person you all loved so much isn't there."

The first installment from The Volume also offers up "The Ghost of Larry Ford Jr.," an instrumental track that tackles the next step of loss: the frustration, anger and anxiety of letting go, all seamlessly communicated sans lyrics. The stylized, labyrinthine track sounds like a Wes Anderson films looks, along the way deftly mapping the chaotic trajectory of a mind in mourning.

Stop Light Observations may be blazing their own trails, but they want everyone to join them on their journey—fans, friends and family, past and present. "The Volume releases will ultimately be defined as a series—a voice for the voiceless. A podium for those who have yearned for the opportunity to share their own stories of struggle, passion, and love," vocalist Will Blackburn explains.

"We live in an era of polar divisions perpetuated by fear," Blackburn continues. "And the divide seems to be growing exponentially. But if we turn off the cable news channel and walk out our front doors and speak to our neighbors, we may find that our struggles, while they vary, are often quite relatable. It is my hope that trough this style of releasing music that we may open up the conversations that need to be addressed most in today's America. All are equal and all opinions should be heard with hopes of perpetuating peace and understanding. Love is the way and this is the path we have chosen to move forward."
She Returns From War
She Returns From War
Charleston, South Carolina’s Hunter Park, also known as the “Swamp Witch,” is She Returns From War, a project that has evolved over the past few years from Lowcountry folk to a sultry, cosmic Americana sound. Whether playing solo or full band, She Returns From War lures listeners with haunting harmonies, poignant lyrics and wistful charm. From debut EP Coyote Soda’s primitive sound to the alluring draw of her 2015 full-length release Oh, What a Love, Park’s sound proves irresistible. Live performances, however, are where she thrives most. She Returns From War consumes audiences with colorful narratives and a seductive sound— inviting viewers into the madness and magic of the Swamp Witch’s mind. Making that connection is the heart of making music for her. “I love people,” she says. “I love being able to give as much as myself as I can, and I think when I actually get to interact with people, I’m much happier.”



A pillar of the scene herself, Hunter has shared stages with distinguished local and national artists, like Rachel Kate, Jordan Igoe, The Revivalists and Shovels & Rope — the latter of whom featured a She Returns From War poster in their music video for Mary Ann & One Eyed Dan. Hunter has also performed at several festivals, including Rockabilly on the Route, Jezeball, SouthSounds, Hopscotch and Spoleto Festival Finale. In 2015, Charlie Magazine featured Hunter as their cover girl, deeming her one of Charleston’s “50 Most Progressive” artists and highlighting her commitment to advancing the local music scene. Her success only escalated in 2016 when She Returns From War won Charleston City Paper’s “Singer Songwriter of the Year” award, from which she gained regional and national recognition. With a growing number of listeners cast under her spell, the future bodes well for the Swamp Witch. Best part yet, she’s currently back in the studio with Ryan “Wolfgang” Zimmerman, working on a new album that’s set to release early next year.
Venue Information:
Music Farm Columbia
1022 Senate Street
Columbia, SC, 29201
http://www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia/upcoming-shows/