STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS – Tickets – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC – September 28th, 2018

STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS

Pip The Pansy

Fri 9/28

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 10:45 pm)

Neighborhood Theatre

$15.00

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS
STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS
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.”
Pip The Pansy
Pip The Pansy
Pip the Pansy (formerly known as Wrenn) is the freshest Rainbow Pop artist to come out of Atlanta, Georgia. Unapologetically authentic and armed with a voice that can be sultry, lilting, playful, or bold, Pansy has marched onto the scene with her own quirky confidence.

In true renaissance form, she is the creative mind behind everything she does. Her immaculate sense for aesthetic is apparent from her self-produced artwork and videos to the bubblegum-chic outfits she wears on stage. An accomplished photographer, artist, model, and classically trained flutist, Pansy first stepped onto the stage in 2014 and devoted the following year crafting a sound and look that took her from unknown to headlining act at the historic Georgia Theater.

In late 2016 Pansy travelled to Matchbox Studios in Austin, TX where she worked with producer and artist David Butler of MISSIO to create her latest release, Royal Blue Daydream (Nov 10, 2017). It was with this release that she officially retired the name “Wrenn” and bloomed into Pip the Pansy, a name that would better suit the playfulness, imaginative spirit and colorful personality of her new music.

The Royal Blue Daydream EP “acts as an explosion of personality and positivity, quickly pinning Pansy as a fun and well-versed persona in a pop world sometimes lacking diversity” (Atwood Magazine). The EP includes songs like “All My Friends Are Animals” which has been described as “an anthem for introverts” and title track “Royal Blue Daydream”, a charming commentary on screen addictions.

From dreamy flute melodies, explosive synth hooks, and lyrics rooted in her deep awareness of life’s brevity, Pansy proves she is more than your typical pop artist. She is a dynamic force of nature and continues to turn industry heads with her visual command, and an overwhelmingly joyous presence.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/

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