Jared and Kristyn Corder — the happy couple behind the recurring East Nashville Underground festivals as well as several other local-rock-centric events — are brave. They must be, as they’re opening up their home this weekend to beer-swilling horror and rock ’n’ roll fans for their second annual autumnal Pumpkin Ale Patch Fall Party. The soiree commences with a beer tasting at 7 p.m., when attendees are invited to “pick a small pumpkin” that “corresponds with a seasonal beer of your choice.” Not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds like a hoot. After that it’s rock ’n’ roll time, when dreamy psychedelic garage-pop outfit Churchyard, Brit-poppy Oklahoma transplants Twiggs, and blues-riffing guitarman Justin Kalk and his Justin Kalk Orchestra will offer the jams. Then it’s a screening of the seasonally obligatory classic, Halloween. Costumes are of course encouraged, and the event is 21-and-up. Good luck finding a more adorable hang tonight.
—D. PATRICK RODGERS
“[With Dead Legs] I learned how to front a band and be comfortable on stage,” writes Churchyard‘s Meghan D’Amico via email, the vocalist and guitarist reflecting on her time in the now-defunct four-piece. “Churchyard is different from Dead Legs because we are a band,” she continues. “We are both intentional and collaborative with our song writing.” The resulting sounds have been described as “lo-fi, grungy garage pop with more than a hint of ’60s psych, surf pop influence,” where Dead Legs’ sound blended “the Duke Spirit, the Dead Weather, Polly Jean Harvey and maybe a dash of the moodiness of the Dum Dum Girls all spliced together in some sort of Frankenstein experiment gone right.” When asked what the band was aiming for with the Ben Spinks-produced demos they released in late-2013, D’Amico says: a “very minimal” and “raw” sound. While each descriptor is accurate, they both fail to shed light on the group’s unique musical chemistry. Continue reading Churchyard: Collaborative to the Core