Groovy rock band Lost Cosmonauts will headline a show at the Tin Roof July 17, sharing the stage with The Hooplas and Olive Dares the Darkness. The four-piece, composed of lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Patterson, bassist and vocalist Todd Few, drummer Rob Fabian and guitarist Dickie Brown, has a heavy yet melodic sound that calls to mind shoegaze with an energetic twist. 

The upcoming show will feature a 12-song set of originals, including newest singles “Charly” and “Spit.”

“The Tin Roof has pretty much become our home base,” Fabian said.

“It’s always a good time. We’re happy to call it home,” added Few.

Hip-hop alt-metal band The Hooplas, originally from Ocean City, Maryland, is ready to “blow the tin off the roof.” The band features vocalist and guitarist Adam Martin, bassist and vocalist Ben Martin, lead guitarist Cody Bush, and drummer CJ Skipper.

This will be both groups’ first time performing with local indie rock act Olive Dares the Darkness, which hasn’t played a show since 2020. The band, which has been described as “the illegitimate love child of Madonna and Nine Inch Nails,” released its debut album this spring and is thrilled to finally perform the songs live.

Lead guitarist Mike Baum was getting a tattoo at Iron Lotus Studios when he spoke with City Paper, but you would never know —  he and lead singer/keyboardist Becca Darling were perfectly tranquil as they explained the origin of the band’s name: “So Olive Dares the Darkness is actually the story we created. Olive is a character that we kind of portray onstage, who basically is enlightenment versus ignorance, so Olive is enlightenment and darkness is ignorance,” Baum said. 

The band, which also features drummer Danielle Carlson and bassist Mr. Minister, plays with concepts of dichotomy in both sound and lyrics. “It’s reflected a little bit in our life — most of us are teachers by day and musicians by night, so just kind of tiptoeing in a lot of different worlds,” Darling said. 

The Tin Roof also means a lot to Olive Dares the Darkness. “Right before the pandemic happened, a good friend of ours died. It never felt like we had a chance to mourn him. Tin Roof was his favorite place, so his memorial was [there]. It feels like a weird, full circle kind of thing,” Baum said.

All three acts of the night are sure to meet the crowd with good energy. “I think everybody post-covid just wants to have a good time,” Darling said.

Tickets for the all-ages show will be $10 at the door, and the music will start around 8:30 p.m.

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