A quick description of the sound could be “Hard Indie Rock” – perhaps Queens of the Stone Age mixed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs. What’s so special about the music? It has, even in the most dark intense moments, an embedded smile – a wish that the sound touches your heart in a way that makes you feel happy to be alive and good about who you are. In the meantime, the music is purely designed to get your heart pumping, your feet dancing, and spark a musical love affair with the band for life.
Related by blood and a profound sonic connection, perhaps unique enough to be the only band of it’s type, Grown Up Avenger Stuff combines a deep love for music with a natural talent for building songs that connect with heart and yet are just plain fun to enjoy.
Formed in 2009 in Charlotte, NC, the band, through an approach of uncompromising high energy live shows and unapologetically growing their fanbase, has been building popularity and ever reaching toward their goal of “saving the world one song at a time.”
Pushing into fantastic new experiences, 2014 was a banner year for the band as they continued touring to support their Sparkleton CD as well as road testing the constant flow of new music. With highlights such as being selected by London Tone Music to record in Seattle at London Bridge Studios followed by a single release (You Never Know) from those sessions, headlining the 50th anniversary of Festival in the Park (Charlotte), headlining NoDa Summer Music Festival, returns to events such as SXSW, Launch Music Festival, Music Gorilla Festival, SEMFest, Red Gorilla Music Festival, Drumstrong Festival, Celebrate Fairfax!, MidAtlantic Music, etc. Music placement on Pandora, selected for Columbia Records showcase at the world famous Bitter End in NYC, selected 2nd of over 10,000 bands for the Wordkrapht band competition, chosen as 2014 Breakthrough Artist for Beneath The Grid Music, self released a single – The River – which among other things immediately won song choice in the ZUMIC / Reverbnation song competition.
In love with the road experience of meeting new people and spreading music, 2013 saw Grown Up Avenger Stuff touring through the US Southeast, Midwest, and Northwest & Southwest, including 9 shows at SXSW, and the highly popular Launch Music Festival in Pennsylvania, in support of their critically acclaimed self produced CD release of Sparkleton. (Available at iTunes, Amazon, etc.. and of course at the Store link above)
Plans to hit New England in 2014 are in the works… It’s cool if we crash on y’alls couch?
The first real touring for the band started in summer 2012: Chosen out of over 400 bands to represent US in Canada tour, and then touring the US coast to coast including a spot at revered music festival Bele Chere, the band spent the rest of the year relentlessly growing fans and touring to promote their 2012 CD release of Alive (Available at iTunes, Amazon, etc.. and of course at the Store link above).
Deirdre Kroener: Vocals
Tyler Thomsen: Percussion
Hunter Thomsen: Bass
John Thomsen: Guitar
Center of the Universe – Tulsa, OK
K-Days – Edmonton, AB, CA
Bele Chere – Asheville, NC (Attendees > 300,000)
SXSW – Austin, TX
Launch Music Festival – Lancaster, PA
Mid Atlantic Music Festival – Charlotte, NC
Alberta Beach Canada Day Festival – Alberta Beach, AB, CA
Ft. Sask Festival – Edmonton, AB, CA
Live Out Loud Music Festival – Charlotte, NC
SC Strawberry Festival – Ft. Mill, SC (voted SC #1 Festival)
Femme Fest – Charlotte, NC
Girl Power Fest – Charlotte, NC
Park Rock Fest – Great Mills, MD
Gaston Homegrown Music Fest – Gastonia, NC
Festival In The Park – Charlotte, NC
indie rock music – like red hot fireball candy – clear influences from the very best are discernable in their music: The Beatles, The Police, Silversun Pickups, Rage Against The Machine, Weezer, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and more – giving the listener an instant connection to the familiar, while introducing a fresh and energetic sound.
Winner of the best female vocalist in 2010 by Creative Loafing magazine, singer Deirdre Kroener brings both soft pretty and power vocal performance to drive their unique sound: loosely based on the standard garage power trio style with a sprinkle of punk, a touch of glam, a slice of metal, a bucket of energy, often building into a tower of volume.
Some Venues recently played in Charlotte:
Amos’ Southend – headliner (Capacity > 1700)
The Neighborhood Theatre – headliner (Capacity > 1700)
NC Music Factory Courtyard (Capacity > 1000)
The Visulite Theater – headliner (Capacity > 500)
Chop Shop – headliner (Capacity > 500)
Snug Harbor – headliner (Capacity > 300)
The Double Door Inn – national support (Capacity > 200)
The Milestone – national support (Capacity > 200)
The Evening Muse – national support (Capacity > 100)
Knight Theater – Beatles Tribute (Capacity > 2000)
McGlohon Theatre – national support (Capacity >1000)
Grady Cole Center – halftime show headliner (Capacity >2000)
106.5 The End – Premier area alt rock station (listeners > 200k)
Overall, after over 100 shows in the first couple years, the band had enough of a good thing going on to snag a deal with indie powerhouse label Spectra Records in 2011 and released Disagreements With Gravity under the label the same year.
The best way to understand the Grown Up Avenger Stuff experience is live in person – see a show! You don’t even have to wear your super hero outfit!
Photo Credit: Heathir Speet