When: Fri., March 4, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Though he's no longer part of UNC's collegiate bubble, Derek Torres isn't new to the surrounding town's music community. He was a multi-instrumentalist in the dance-rocking Lake Inferior, which grew from one of Chapel Hill's best student bands into a fresh, invigorating force. Now he moves on with Towers.
"Lake Inferior broke up in July, so I just had a bunch of material," he says, explaining that Towers grew out of demos he recorded over the summer.
The results are a revolt of sorts. Torres, tired of the processed electro-pop of his old band, wanted to get back to "real rock 'n' roll." Fuzzy and lo-fi, the new songs are a psyched-out take on primal swagger, like Panda Bear remixing Elvis. He's polishing the tracks now with arranging partner Sam Logan (of the retro-fueled Huguenots) and Karen Blanco and Alex Maiolo, who played for defunct acid-pop act Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies. He's been practicing and recording with them, but he's unsure they'll make it for Friday's concert.
"I have a show coming up, and I have no idea who's going to be playing with me," he laughs. —Jordan Lawrence