WANT TO GO?
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $5 before 10:30 p.m., $7 after
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's kind of a shame that Asheville, N.C.-based indie rockers The StereoFidelics don't get up to West Virginia all that much. The duo has plenty of reasons to.
"After about four years of touring, it's kind of weird that we don't," admitted guitarist, bassist and vocalist Chris Padgett. "The other half of the band, Melissa McGinley, was born and raised in Wheeling. She used to play in a pretty well-known West Virginia band, The Recipe, for a few years."
Padgett said he's not sure why they don't come up this way more. They'd like to, but it just hasn't worked out that way so far. That could be changing, though.
"We played the High Land Jam [in Elkins] this past summer," he said. "We also played a couple of times at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas and have even entertained some offers in Hurricane, but this show on Friday will be our first appearance in Charleston proper."
The StereoFidelics perform Friday night, along with local power duo Tofujitsu (Sean Richardson and Karen Allen), at The Empty Glass. Padgett promised the show won't be usual drum and guitar rock duo that most people expect.
"It's not just that we're a joy to listen to. It's also a lot of fun just to watch us play," he joked.
On stage, McGinley and Padgett play multiple instruments, usually at the same time. Padgett sings, plays guitar and manipulates a set of pedals with his feet that control a Moog synthesizer, which provides a bass line. McGinley sings, plays electric fiddle and somehow manages to work the drums.
"We don't use any loop pedals, no sequencing," Padgett said. "This is live."