Show Review: FALL TO JUNE at TC’s Midtown [9.25.15]
Carry On, Wayward Sons
– a review by Sydney Frames
TC’s Midtown Grill (Conway, AR) was wall-to-wall chatter, mixed with the thunk of pool balls colliding, and the clink of glassware, the night of Saturday, September 25th. Folks seemed to be in great spirits, and the air had a certain anticipatory electricity, as the crowd passed the time and waited for the Florida-based Southern rock band Fall to June let their local boys shine. Drummer Nate Yant hails from Mayflower, AR, while vocalist Ben Badger spent his high school years in North Little Rock, before heading to college at UCA. He worked the room like a seasoned pro, spending just enough personal time with each guest in the room, before heading off to the next one; a crooked, yet endearing, parting smile left in his wake.
Fall to June spent the few days before the Conway date locked down in a recording studio in Nashville, laying down tracks for their next album. They previewed one number during their set, starting out with a slinky, laid-back groove, building to a chorus that gives Badger ample opportunity to let his vocals soar.
The show’s lineup was short by one band, giving the remaining two extended sets. Fall to June made great use of theirs. A definite highlight was the stripped down version of “Barbed Wire Trees,” featuring Badger and guitarist “Ninja” Dan Mickler. [Note to the ladies: All those nights you were up, crying and just wondering, “WHY?!”? This song will hit you where it hurts; it’s the apology you never got, as well as everything “he” never said to you. The acoustic version twists the knife, so prepare yourselves accordingly.]
Overall, Fall to June is entertaining to watch. Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown) does things with his guitar that might actually be illegal in Arkansas; I’ll have to check the statutes for Faulkner County. Nate Yant is a beast on drums, and “The Ninja” (Dan Mickler) is quite the accomplished guitarist himself. Regular bassist Jeremy Marshall was not performing at this show, but fill-in bassist “The Kid” (Andrew Russell) held down the low-end with ease.
Opening the show was The Revolutioners, based in Arkansas. They’ve become the band opening for whichever national rock draw happens to be in town. The band, and specifically, singer Phil Houston, has amassed quite the following. Solid musicianship, and the crowds seem to know all the words to the songs. This has happened the last three times I’ve caught a set. Without question, Houston yanks his stage persona from Mick Jagger; the Rolling Stones covers on the setlist drove that point home. Houston is to cougars as Bieber is to tweens. The onstage schtick gets a bit heavy at times, but the rest of the band handily keeps the chaos at bay.
Overall, it was a good night in Conway. It loses a mark, thanks to the bemulleted “gentlemen” who saw nothing wrong with stopping in front of me, blatantly leering at me from head to toe. I’d hurt my foot earlier in the week, so I was sitting on a barstool. Had my foot been in fighting form, well, there would have been a connection, though probably not the one going through his little pea brain.
Fall to June is hitting the West Coast throughout the rest of the year. Go see them! Be entertained! Watch out for creepers with mullets.
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