Sampla, the new EP from Columbia modern rock outfit Weaving the Fate, is promising. It’s also disappointing.
The group’s problem has been that its parts — while consistently diverse and frequently ambitious — just don’t match up. The flashy turntable scratches of DJ Able One diffuse the grungy surge of singer and guitarist Brian Conner (aka BC Villanova), and neither seem much at ease atop the affable funk and reggae grooves provided by bassist Bobby Dredd.
What: Waving the Fate (acoustic)
Where: Lucky's, 2100 A Devine St.
When: Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m.
With: Death of Paris
More Info: facebook.com/WeavingTheFate [Due to weather worries, Weaving the Fate's Thursday Five After Five date is delayed until May 29.]
This five-song platter, a preview for the group’s forthcoming first full-length, goes a long way to correct these issues. There are still moments when Weaving the Fate falls out-of-sync, but there are also always at least one or two rewarding ideas at work.
Witness “Can’t Take It.” The combo of canned hip-hop beat and by-the-numbers metal shredding that opens the album is dreadful, but the subsequent chorus is a marvel of radio rock efficiency, channeling Korn-ish nu metal through Passion Pit’s sing-along factory. More impressive, Conner doesn’t sound remotely mercenary deploying his Vedder-seeking croon atop this radio-ready backing.
“Sacred,” far and away the best song the band’s ever produced, follows. It opens with a clanging piano groove that recalls Maroon 5, slides quickly into a breezy country backbeat, and arrives at a rock-operatic chorus that reaches for My Chemical Romance’s undervalued successes. Few groups could pull off such a transition. For three minutes, Weaving the Fate makes it sound easy.
It doesn’t last. Two songs later, the group delivers a clunky post-grunge take on Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.” But if this Sampla is also a dump of ideas that didn’t make the full-length, perhaps this inconsistency is a good sign — an indication that Weaving the Fate might finally play to its strengths.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
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