The Stump Mutts
All rock, ever changing, and all original music rooted in sounds they grew up with. You're likely to hear the shadows and echoes of wide ranging influences from Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, to the Stones and Lenny Kravitz, to Social Distortion and Husker Du. Neal's distinctive lyrics have been described as a haunting growl like a "an angel caught in an electrical storm." His vocals lay nicely over his soaring guitar tone. In contrast, Derek's hollow body crunch couldn't be more different in tone, yet compliments this two guitar assault. John's punk rock bass style rounds out the front of the stage, with his smirky grin and Buddy Holly glasses. Patrick lays down a straight forward rock rhythm with plenty of space for the songs to breath on his throwback blue sparkle kit.
The live show is not to be missed. High energy, in your face rock with a stage presence that will make you dizzy. Knee slides, amp stands, impromptu covers, and solos in the crowd are the norm.
Mike Live x King Garbage is an undeniably entertaining trio that blends unstoppable funk, quick-transitions, fierce rhymes, butter-soft vocals and nonstop mind-bending antics. The stark, yet tight-knit-duo rhythm section, King Garbage, weaves spacious grooves for charismatic frontman and rapper, Mike Live to expound is unique high-energy wordplay while drummer/vocalist Vic Dimotsis swoops in with sultry and dynamic crooning. The trio has given direct support to acts like RBTS Win, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious and Ghostface Killah.
Mike Live is the founder of Cypher University, which hosts 7 cyphers (public gatherings for lyricists to build their craft) across North Carolina. He’s also a member of Free The Optimus (FTO), a two-time winner of Carolina’s Hip Hop Group of the Year.
Hard Rocket crash-landed in the mountains of WNC 5 years ago to rock Asheville off its foundation. Cosmonauts Colonel Lewison Clark, Sir Guido Stein and Captain Rubio Gold armed with the essentials for Rock-n-Roll have been playing around town winning over converts one Rock show at a time. Colonel Lewison Clark, armed with his Les Paul Jr. aka Johnny Crunch and his SG Jr. aka Johnny Lightning, has been the main force behind Hard Rocket’s success. Guido Stein possesses the Sonic Boom of the universe with his Bam Bam drum kit and his Mighty Max chops. Rubio Gold digs in his trusty Fender bass, attacking audiences with his rapid-fire 8th notes. Along the way, Renegade Rebel Rod joined forces with the Cosmonauts. Renegade Rod has added the One, Two punch to make the band of misfits a lethal Rock-n-Roll band!!! Not afraid to wave the Rock-n-Roll flag, the members of Hard Rocket wear their influences on their sleeves. Aficionados of straight-up Rock-n-Roll love this band because they rock hard, hence the name Hard Rocket.