Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 10 p.m.
1228 Gordon St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Yes Chef! is the newest project of Charlotte-based emo-indie powerhouse Leith K. Ali (It Looks Sad, Ol’ Sport) and their debut EP, Drive Safe, serves as an incredible introduction.
Drive Safe is filled with anthems of ambition and defeat, of perseverance and its payoff. The 20 minutes that make up the record are an exploration of emotional turmoil lined with triumphant blends of brass and woodwinds. The lyrics are stark and matter-of-factly sit atop contrasting textures. Many of Ali’s vocal lines are paired with harmonies from KC Marie Roberge, giving the vocal melodies more of a voluminous element that pairs well with the robust arrangements.
Phaze Gawd is a rapper born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. His latest album AyoPhazoGo! is packed with off-the-cuff references to anime and nerd culture alongside playful bragaddocio that provides pinpoint precision to the character of Phaze Gawd. While the record’s strongest moments come in with windows-down, trunk-rattling bangers like “AyoPhazoGo!” and “Chop Chop,” there’s enough dynamism in tracks like “Motorola,” “Scary Thots,” and “Glacier” to make the album feel like a well-rounded vision.