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Archie Powell & The Exports, Elim Bolt 

When: Sat., Oct. 5 2013
ELIM BOLT “Everyone in this city is bouncing off the walls,” Johnnie Matthews III sang on “Batshit,” from the band’s superb 2012 debut, The Nude South. Whether that line was about his bolt-able hometown of Elim, S.C., or his new digs in the burgeoning Charleston scene doesn’t really matter. That collection of romantic Roy Orbison croonery roughed up with fuzzy guitars and garage hooks channeled youthful angst into impressive up-tempo pop. In its seven songs, everybody was drifting from one shitty job to another or longing to get out of Dodge with “tires screaming,” as Matthews sang on the antsy “Farm Kid.” Hailing from the same fertile Charleston scene that’s recently birthed Run Dan Run and The Company band, Elim Bolt has an upside that frankly tops both. A Daytrotter session earlier this year revealed new tracks that promise even more on its follow-up, due out soon on regional label Hearts & Plugs.
— John Schacht

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