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The Whistles and the Bells

The Whistles and the Bells are coming to the Urban Lounge Tuesday, August 8.

Playing music from his new album, “Modern Plagues,” Bryan Simpson combines a wide variety of genres. Bluegrass banjo and harmonies in “Small Criminals” provide an older country feel to modern punk lyrics that make the song easy to listen to, but also make the listener dig under the surface for a meaning. The discordant notes featured in many of Simpson’s songs play almost surprisingly well with pop and David Bowie inspired tracks and further his postmodern aesthetic. In line with many postmodern ideas, he comments on a common theme — the effects of consumerism and sensationalism in society (illustrated in the songs “Zombie Heartz” and “Highlight Reel”). The twang created with his fascinating genre combinations fits with Simpson’s quick wit and satirical approach to relevant political and societal issues.

Simpson’s lyrics make his audience think about more than just politics and the flaws in modern society, he offers insight into the fragility of ourselves and those we idolize. These deeper meanings and thought evoking messages are Simpson’s reason for making music. He wants to make people think about where they are, where they want to go, and the important issues in the world around them.

Guests going to The Whistles and the Bells are going to experience firsthand Simpson’s energetic musical style and how easily he connects with his audience. Listeners will be given a fascinating insight into where traditional bluegrass can be taken and the ways genres can blend to better a genre and fit an idea or theme.

Tickets for the show featuring not only The Whistles and the Bells, but The Rocketboys, Vincent Draper & the Culls, and Queenadillas are $8. However, because the show is at The Urban Lounge, guests must be 21 or older to get in.

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