When: Fri., July 29, 7 p.m. 2016
FRIDAY, JULY 29
GROSS GHOST & FRIENDS
Friday night's bill in the Cat's Cradle Back Room is stacked, as far as local rock outfits go. There's Sarah Shook's rollicking outlaw country, followed by Natural Causes' tight synth-punk tunes, Wailin Storms' dark heavy-hitters, and the driving charm of the new No One Mind. At the top of it all sits Gross Ghost, the fuzzed-out rock project that Mike Dillon's been leading in earnest since 2010.
The occasion for such a wonderful lineup isn't entirely happy, as it's a going-away party of sorts for Dillon, who's relocating to New York City the day after this gig. Dillon landed in the Triangle fifteen years ago, moving inland from his Outer Banks home after graduating high school. The allure was almost entirely musical.
"I had friends that moved out to the Outer Banks and they were from Raleigh, and they would always tell me about Kings," Dillon says.
"When you're about eighteen or nineteen and all you've got is the Outer Banks music scene, it sounds really appealing."
In the years since his arrival, Dillon has worked in a handful of clubs and bars and played in multiple bands. The relationships he's built along the way are what inform the Back Room party. He's worked at venues with Sarah Shook and Wailin Storms' Todd Warner. From Natural Causes, Dillon has worked with guitarist Ben Carr and lived with synth player Ian Rose, and just about every member of No One Mind has shared a stage with Gross Ghost in some other musical context.
"It seems like there's waves where every one of your friends is making killer music and really good stuff, and right now it's one of those waves that's happening," Dillon says.
"You know when your friend's band sucks? I don't have that feeling right now."
But make no mistake: Dillon's departure it doesn't spell the end of Gross Ghost. There's still a forthcoming seven-inch that the band will wrap up this fall, and Dillon anticipates Gross Ghost continuing as more of a recording project than a live band.
Dillon says he'll miss the massive creative community he's watched and helped grow over the past decade and a half, but that he's proud of everything he's seen the Triangle accomplish. This assemblage of pals should make for a shining example of those feats, and a mighty warm send-off to boot. —Allison Hussey
CAT'S CRADLE BACK ROOM, CARRBORO7 p.m., $10, www.catscradle.com