When: Thu., July 28, 10 p.m. 2011
Graduating from college is a time for adaptation. For most, it means buckling down to the 9-to-5 grind. For Carrboro's Sam Logan, it's meant re-molding the bright hooks of his college-band past to the darker sounds of his musical present.
Until this spring, Logan was a leader for the Fab Four-enthused Huguenots, who started as a standout UNC-student act and ended as a rock-solid group of pop revivalists. Last summer, Logan began demoing new songs. Finding them too murky for his clean-cut band, he filed them away, eventually posting them to the music website Bandcamp as Lilac Shadows. The new tunes retain Logan's classically catchy melodies, but repackage them with crushing riffs and a haze of blackened fuzz. Nodding to shoegaze but percolating with garage-pop tenacity, they're both cerebral and kinetic.
"I've always been a slave to melody," he says. "Luckily, I've been able to take that and coat it in something that makes it a little less shiny, just dirty it up a bit."
Having played out for a few months with a crew of Carrboro specialists, Logan plans to begin recording a proper LP in September. Out of school with a set of sophisticated songs, he's ready to put his new outfit to work. —Jordan Lawrence