Dust and Ashes – sans two members – and I headed into The Diamond that Monday. We were looking to warm up after lugging heavy musical equipment in the cold rain. The morning crowd of hardcore regulars was about to experience anything but the usual in this well-loved Charlotte diner.
Lead singer Heather Himes, flutist Jude Salinas and cellist Leah Erin Smith began the first few notes. Then, their gritty, guttural thumping suddenly vanquished the dull chatter of the room. Smith’s cello groaned, soaking into the cracked wallpaper. The haunting melody of Salinas’s flute diced the air. Himes’ dark, wailing vocals and bluesy rhythm guitar made the walls shake and rock and tremble. It may have been a Monday, but the band with the tagline “Queen City Stomp Swamp” was taking us to church.
In the latest episode of [Untitled] with Lara Americo, you’ll see Dust and Ashes rock a diner. Plus, Himes and I take a break in one of the green booths to talk religion, music and God as a tattoo.
on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 10:36 AM
Mercury Dimes was honored to be one of the last bands to perform at Tommy’s Pub before it closes in March. The crunchy dive bar has been a public landmark in Charlotte and has been open under various names since the 1950s. The mood was bittersweet as the band sang the first song of their set, settling into the tiny bar which smells of a thousand spilled beers.
Laura Staples let out a primal scream to a song about living alone. Wes Mauldin on bass guitar and Nathan Curlee on drums rounded out the dirty sounds of the punk trio.
In this episode of Untitled with Lara Americo, we look inside the lives of the musicians behind Mercury Dimes and learn that love and loneliness can come from the strangest places.
Untitled is a new video series created by Charlotte artist/musician Lara Americo featuring independent musicians at Charlotte-area music venues. The premiere episode features The Mercury Dimes at Tommy's Pub. Part 1 features a performance while Part 2, coming soon, will feature an interview with the band in an effort to shed more light on the area music scene.