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Biters

Rock

Atlanta GA

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Melody for Lovers

Who the Hell are the Biters Who the hell are the Biters? To start with, they are a four-piece band based in Atlanta, GA, with the exception of one member who lives in Baltimore. The members of the band are; Tuk, formally of the Heart Attacks, on guitar and lead vox, Matt (guitar, background vox), Travis (bass, background vox) and Joey (drums. He ain’t Phil Collins). Matt, the newest member, is the one who lives in Baltimore for those paying attention. The band came together with the addition of Matt in November of 2009 and hit the ground running. The band began rehearsals as the Biters, with their first show that month. From there, they started making quick noise in the Atlanta music scene. Rising to become one of the top bands in the city. Their record label, Underrated Records, also based in Atlanta, has a series of EPs planned for the band in 2010. Songs like the debut EP’s lead single and brilliantly fun “Hang Around” to “So Cheap, So Deadly” show the beginnings of the bands breadth all the while still sounding like the same band. Just like the Biters influences: Cheap Trick, Sweet, T-Rex, and Big Star all five of the songs on the EP contain lots of harmonies and strong chorus’ and a concerted effort to sound as good as possible. Something the band feels is lacking in so much of modern day underground rock. The music does not need to be polished spit-shine clean, but it should always sound as good as possible otherwise what’s the point. The lyrics, while seemingly innocent, actually may imply something more sinister; a really good time either going on or already had. The listeners get to choose and find out for themselves. In addition to the Biters, Tuk is a part of a gang called the Hate City Rockers. This benevolent crew puts together great shows in Atlanta and is working on a follow up to the successful “Now Dig This” video series. The idea is to bring back the rock shows (think Old Grey Whistle Test and Top Of The Pops), from the 60’s and 70’s. The first installment of “Now Dig This”, which featured a select group of 5 Atlanta bands shot in the winter of 2010, has spread like wildfire by word of mouth. In between recording, the band has hit the road, bringing their fantastic live show to the masses and building a solid, faithful, supportive and strong fan base. This is another area in which the Biters work very hard; play great shows. The band wants to be able to deliver each song live just as they do on record, but with even more energy and heart. The kind of energy only a live show can allow. This idea, while not new but somewhat forgotten, has worked very well for the four guys. Fans love it, as do many of those who have never seen them and are not familiar with the Biters. After one show or listen, the Biters are hard to forget.

Time

Friday March 18

8:00PM

Venue

Scoot Inn

21+

1308 E 4th St

Online

www.wearethebiters.com

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