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Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown w/ Leogun & The Docs
March 23, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN
Tyler Bryant was born to play music. The 21-year-old guitar prodigy has been playing since he was six and was bred on the roughneck blues of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, has critics and fans alike clamoring to hear the next project. Wild Child, the band’s shin-shattering full-length debut, is set for a January 2013 release.
“We tracked the whole thing in 13 days with engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Danger Mouse, Kings of Leon) at his studio in Nashville,” says Tyler. Wild Child was recorded the old fashioned way, on analog tape. But as Tyler says, its sessions felt entirely fresh.
A 12-cut collection, Wild Child is, above all, a culmination of intense bonding, both musically and personally, between Tyler and his bandmates, whom he calls his brothers. Bryant had toyed with the idea of a solo career, but his bandmates, he says, add an immeasurable element. “They were bringing something to the table that I really dug,” he says of his motivations for forming a band. “It wouldn’t be the same without Caleb back there beating the drums or without Graham standing over at the side of the stage looking at me after a guitar solo going ‘I can play that better’ and making me want to play my next solo better. There’s something so much cooler about a band.”
The next move for Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, says the frontman, is to continue building its fan base. Tyler says “the band is more concerned with sustaining a long-term career than having a hit song and flaming out. We want to be one of those bands that builds true fans that stay with us for a long time.”
Through it all, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown has pushed the musical limits of guitar, vocals, and performance, and captured the attention of the music scene with their spectacular talent and rare showmanship. In the words of the iconic Vince Gill, “To play like this kid [Tyler Bryant] is the rarest of the rare. Hands down, a future guitar god.”
LEOGUN singer and guitarist Tommy Smith might characterize it as “cheeky”, but it all comes down to the same thing. The history of rock and roll is earmarked by countless musicians who took a risk and lived through a life-changing night.
Smith’s big evening was in 2009. He managed to talk his way backstage at an Eagles of Death Metal gig in his native London. While behind the proverbial “velvet rope,” he met Dominic Fairbanks-Weston of Fairbanks Endorsements. Weston was completely taken by the young rocker’s audacity and talent, and he introduced Smith to Rocket Music Management founded by Elton John. Soon after, LEOGUN had become a client of the international management powerhouse and inked a record deal with Yamaha Entertainment Group.
Smith’s unwavering confidence remains completely warranted. LEOGUN distill gritty rock, swaggering blues, and haunting soul into anthemic and artful songs. The music remains strong, sexy, and staggering, echoing Jack White and Queens of the Stone Age with personal panache.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the group on stage. They’ve won over crowds at massive festivals such as Sonisphere, Bestival and SXSW. As their four-song EP drops October 16th 2012 and a full-length hits in early 2013, they’ll be ruling the road for quite some time to come.
In many ways, their entire ethos can be traced back to their name. LEOGUN means half-man and half-lion. It’s rather apropos with what’s roaring from their amps.
When the Docs are playing, the sheer energy coming from the stage will pull you in, and the aura they create in the room will keep you riveted. Pulling from a wide range of influences and diverse backgrounds, they evoke the full range of emotion in their audiences with a raw, passionate sound that fuses the soft, harmonious tones of traditional Southern music and the aggressive energy of progressive rock. This is a tight-but-loose four-piece band that stretches and pushes the boundaries of current rock and roll. But The Docs didn’t start out as a high energy, in-your-face modern rock band. Each member brought his musical influences and professional background to the mix.