06/22/2016 Charleston City Paper, Event preview , 'Live Music: Kairo Myth; Underground System; Dance to the Music; Soda City Riot'
NYC Afrobeat | Underground System
Wed. June 22
The 10-piece band Underground System formed in 2010 around a mutual interest in ferociously rhythmic Afrobeat music. Not that a band that big fell into place immediately. "It took a couple of years after we started the group to get it solidified with the core group we have now," says co-founder, singer, and guitarist Peter Matson. The band's initial sound was straight-ahead, percussion-heavy African music, inspired by a wave of renewed interest in that genre that was floating around the Big Apple, but they've since moved into a more exploratory, stretched-out style that blends in rock and electronic dance music. "The thing that's interesting about this style is that it can be misinterpreted as 'jam music,'" Matson says. "But essentially all the parts are written. Every part has to interlock with the rest of the band. There's a lot of rehearsal over time that makes you able to play well as an ensemble." Folks with a Dead on the Deck (6:30 p.m., Pour House) or Rebelution (6:20 p.m., North Charleston Riverfront Park) wristband will receive $3 off at the door. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY