Swamp Records Presents: Battle for the Better
Arrows in Action
Tue, November 14, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmHigh Dive
$8.00 - $10.00
• 18 or over, unless accompanied by parent/guardian.
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door
"Running From The Sun" EP - available on Spotify/iTunes now!
With their newest release, their genre-crossing approach explores a space-like aura. Capturing a dance energy while maintaining their gritty drive. Their first single “Pulling Strings” hooks you with it’s trance-like vocals: “Do you dream like I do?” and quickly becomes the unequivocal core of this new direction. Mixing the likes of MGMT with Radiohead, King Complex embraces the challenge of sounding relevant without sacrificing artistic integrity.
The beginning lineup of the band consisted of David Rodriguez on lead guitar and vocals, Will Campbell on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Colton Thomas on drums and percussion. For a few months, the trio performed many times at the Greek restaurant Sandy's Place and a one-off show in Jacksonville, FL at 1904 Music Hall.
The second-phase of the band began when bassist and backing vocalist Nathan Hutto joined the group in late 2015/early 2016 and the band became a four-piece. With Nathan Hutto taking bass guitar duties, Will Campbell moved to electric guitar letting the band weave a "rhythm/lead" guitar dynamic.
They started the year 2016 off by recording a 5 track EP called "Cloud Heavy". The band began playing more shows at The Hardback Cafe' in downtown Gainesville, which eventually gave momentum that lead to a phenomenal summer mini-festival performance at the historic Bo Diddley Plaza, which featured and helped promote many of the band's best songs and multiple covers including, AC/DC, The Beatles, and the band's most memorable version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" complete with slide guitar, and dual-guitar solos.
Soon after Autumn 2016, the bands drummer Colton Thomas relocated to Colorado Springs. Quickly, the band changed gears once more and became a trio again this time with Will Campbell on drums.
After many rehearsals and rearrangements of the music, the new three-piece formation became tight enough and the band started performing regularly at the High Dive in downtown Gainesville.
Well into 2017, the band gained substantial notoriety, and performed with many shows with many great bands including The Talking Dreads, an officially endorsed Talking Heads reggae-style tribute band.
The band eventually went through a phase of reformation. Bass player, Nathan Hutto's electronic synth pop-duo "Dandelion Doldrums" took off and performed an enormous amount of shows and house-parties that put strain on the bands inner-workings and goals.
Soon after, the band's friend Chris Shaw, was recruited to play bass guitar and lend backing vocals, and they played their first debut together at Hardback Cafe'.
With the many lineup changes and evolution, the band decided to change the title of the project to "Violet Reverb" and performs many shows as a two-piece duo with David Rodriguez on guitar/vocals and Will Campbell on drums/vocals when newly found bassist Chris Shaw is unable to perform. The band is planning on recording a small "demo"/"self-recorded" album and releasing it before the year is over.