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Friday, March 14 • 10:00pm - 10:30pm
The Third Man

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THE THIRD MAN Among The Wolves "You're busy sending flowers to the funeral divide." The Third Man was formed in 2003 by songwriters and guitarists Jake and Toby Vest, along with the rhythm section of Preston Todd (drums) and Dirk Kitterlin (bass) and additional guitarist/singer Jeff Schmidtke. Within a matter of months, terrific word-of- mouth about the group was spreading among Memphis music fans, and the band’s sound was earning high praise for its creative mix of swirling melodies, teeth-rattling rock, and disturbed poetry. The band’s 2005 debut, Broadcast, was one of the most eagerly-awaited releases of that year. The album met and exceeded all expectations, and was uniformly acclaimed by the Memphis press: One of the Top Ten Most Vital Memphis Artists of 2005….The local rock scene's best bet to break out beyond mere regional success. – Andrew Earles, Memphis Flyer At once retro and cutting edge, contemplatively arty and hard rocking, few local bands in recent memory have seemed so perfectly on the cusp of something fresh and great. –Mark Jordan, Commercial Appeal. [A] beautifully nervous, nearly paranoid, and lushly impressionistic document of life during wartime…the work of a band that has walked through the fire and survived. –Chris Davis, Memphis Flyer High-profile performances at the Voodoo Music Experience in October 2005 and the Beale Street Music Festival in May 2006 followed, and The Third Man’s following continued to grow, thanks to their increasingly incendiary live performances. Over the course of the next year, the band was also crafting the material that would become their sophomore album: Among The Wolves. “Broadcast was a specifically vague portrait of what the United States had turned into at the time we were writing it… a look at politicians, the media, our leaders, and the sheepish nature of this country. With Among The Wolves, I really wanted to focus it more on individuals, making the politics of the first record more personal, and giving it a more narrative feel. It’s an exploration of what happens to people living in the world that was only alluded to on the first album.” – Toby Vest Ultimately, Among The Wolves is a love letter to a lost world, an adventurous suite of songs swelling with rage, paranoia, and hope. The album marks a return to the kind of intelligent, socially-aware drama of OK Computer and Achtung Baby that has lately been absent from the modern rock world. Among The Wolves’ is filled with people helplessly out of place in the modern world, nations dangerously out of touch with a modern planet. The album is an unnerving dreamscape of damaged souls attempting to hold onto—or reclaim—their own humanity against all odds. All of The Third Man's trademark stylistic elements—fiery, post-punk guitar workouts, tense theatricality, and cerebral, impressionistic lyrics— are once more in place, enriched by an expanded sonic palette and a road-tested sense of confidence and maturity that does not compromise their reliance on melody. Fans of My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, the Cure, TV On the Radio, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, and Interpol will enjoy Among The Wolves' dark, orchestral sound and Brit-pop influences. This year, The Third Man will at last deliver on their tremendous promise as one of the next great rock bands to emerge from Memphis, Tennessee. This year, we are all Among The Wolves.

Friday March 14, 2008 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Opal Divine's Freehouse 700 W 6th St

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