The return of rock royalty
One band. Two nights. And one heck of a post-Christmas gift for local music fans. Beloved Little Rock indie rock group American Princes is regrouping for two shows: Friday at the Rev Room and Saturday at White Water Tavern.
The group, featuring Collins Kilgore, David Slade and Will Boyd on guitars and vocals, Luke Hunsicker on bass and Matthew Quin on drums, last played together live in December 2009 following the brain cancer diagnosis of Hunsicker. Hunsicker passed away in August 2010 from the disease.
American Princes released four full-length albums before the tragic death of Hunsicker, including their first two albums on Max Recordings — We Are the People and Little Spaces — and Less and Less and Other People on Yep Roc Records. A five-track, self-titled EP was released on Reynolds Records in July 2011.
Magnet magazine named Other People its top album of 2008, noting the “jagged-edge power-pop band” reinvented the ‘80s college rock/New Wave wheel with its “hot-wired pop/punk hooks and lonely-hearted lyrics.” And Other People tracks such as “Real Love,” “Son of California” and “Watch As They Go” back up all those claims with their oh-so-perfect melodies and effortlessly cool rhythms.
The Rev Room show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. with the music of those power-pop loving, indie rock kings of Little Rock: The See. Tickets are $10 for the all-ages show. The White Water show starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover. Opening the show will be Magic Mike Casey, a North Carolina-based magician who folk singer/songwriter William Elliott Whitmore calls a “brilliant, brilliant magician.”
Both shows will surely sell out so if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, get one now. The shows of the year? Definitely.