Straight Line Stitch sewed up the show on Friday August 16th at Brewster’s MegaPlex in Jacksonville, Florida. This was a powerhouse show featuring local acts, Rock and Roll Chrome and Agree to Hate, they were two awesome warm up acts that brought everything with them to the stage and left nothing behind.
I briefly spoke with Alexis Brown, the singer for Straight Line Stitch, before the show and she informed me that they have been out on tour for quite some time and were close to finishing up and heading home. They were ready for some well- deserved rest and relaxation.
Alexis has to be one of the nicest people in the industry I’ve ever met. It must be that southern hospitality thing. She spoke so softly and quietly when telling me they hail from Knoxville, Tennessee. When she took the stage later that night though, this huge, angry, loud voice came out of this small in stature young lady. My jaw hung open as the horns were raised in salute. They sounded incredible. I was not familiar with their music except for a song here and there, but I never expected what I saw or heard.
The show was amazing. Nothing but energy abounded. The only way I knew they were ready for a break from touring was because it was told to me before the show. Absolutely no signs of fatigue were shown on stage as the energy level from everyone was pushed to the max.
Darren McClelland, STS’ bass guitar player is an f’n beast on stage. He held the low end down while giving one of the better performances of any bass player I’ve borne witness to. He was up in your face, dreadlocks slinging around, and bouncing to the machine gun like rhythms that were coming from the p.a. It was a small show considering the amount of people who were there, but that in no means deterred the band. Everyone there had an amazing time. Darren told me that KORN was a huge influence on him. Growing up, he didn’t have many friends, and he would listen to KORN. It was his happy place, so to speak. Twelve years later here he is, performing in an amazing band, very humble, and very glad to share the stage with these outstanding musicians. He doesn’t use a pick, so he is a big fan of Flea from the Chili Peppers and it really shows in his style. The slapping and popping styles really added some depth to their material. He is self-taught and as Alexis put it, already has his foot way past the door and is coming through.
Alexis was very adamant about her on stage persona. As a singer I guess you could say that you have to have a certain degree of acting skills to perform. She leaves that 10 foot tall and bulletproof persona on the stage. It is definitely an outlet for her. She let me know that Orlando was the next stop on the list, and then the last date is St. Petersburg, Florida. She will be homeward bound back to Tennessee after that for some much deserved down time. This has to be one of the hardest working bands I have ever met. Jason White, the guitarist, told me they are taking two months off just to catch up with family and friends and do some possible writing, and Alexis said that she is going to sleep.
A former drummer, the original drummer for SLS, Patrick Haynes was filling in for current member, Joey Nichols. They had to cancel their last time through here a few months ago due to unforeseen transportation issues, they didn’t want to cancel this one. Patrick left the band due to the loss of some family, but had told them he would help out if they ever needed anything, so here he is.
I loved these guys. I thought they were spectacular on stage and very real, down to earth off stage. If you get a chance to go see Straight Line Stitch, please do. Tell them Standing Room Only Magazine sent you. I’m looking forward to hearing new music and seeing these guys and girls each time they come through the area. Until next time peeps, keep those….
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH IS-
Alexis Brown – Vocals
Darren McClelland – Bass
Joey Nichols – Drums
Jason White – Guitar
Jackie Bergjans – Guitar
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