George Fetner and the Strays

George Fetner and the Strays

September 18, 2021 8:00 pm September 18, 2021 11:00 pm

At 185 King Street

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General Admission show. Tickets $5

Columbia, SC’s George Fetner and the Strays have steadily gained attention from music-lovers and musicians alike. Culling influences from nine proficient performers, the band has developed a soulful, southern sound rooted in rhythm and blues, improvisatory rock, and captivating musical left turns.

After polishing their large, seasoned sound over the past few years with festival appearances at Fall for Greenville, the Jam Room Music Festival, the Free Times Music Crawl, Grateful Dog, JerryFest, and others, GFATS released their debut LP Longer Like This in the summer of 2020. “In their opening song, ‘No Longer You’ll Feel So Alone,’ the band’s joyful vibe and experimental sound spill out from the speakers, filling the room and pulling the listener to their feet in an impromptu dance party with nine of Columbia’s most daring musical exhibitionists.” - The State

The bands self-titled debut EP, released in 2018, featured for the first time an extended lineup of musicians, “all of whom come together for a rollicking, raucous (and brassy!) joyride” (SC Music Guide). That extended lineup now is more common than not, adding percussion, horns, and keyboards to his rock quartet. “Whereas most local acts would have turned this expansion into a trainwreck, Fetner expertly guided his ensemble into something that sounded, in fact, bigger than its parts, evoking the stadium grandeur of U2, the worldly musings of Peter Gabriel, and, yes, the loose-limbed feelgoods of Phish.” (Free Times). 
This is well-crafted, energetic, bright-eyed rock at its finest.