Hang Fire will have your rock 'n' roll kick this weekend.
Like a few shots of bourbon in your egg nog, Charleston's Gold Light and Elim Bolt will join Savannah's COEDS and Sunglow for a night of music that ranges from crooning indie rock, garage rock, doo-wop and even some dance tunes to cap it all off.
Label-mates Gold Light and Elim Bolt have both churned out indie rock albums that rival anything heard on the radio.
Gold Light, the brainchild of Asheville, N.C., native Joe Chang, happened completely on accident about two years ago.
After moving to Kentucky, Chang wanted to record some folky acoustic music, but began writing more retro-pop rock 'n' roll instead, and before he knew it, he had a complete album's worth of music.
"I didn't mean to make an album or form a new project, but all these things just started coming out," Chang said. "I had a few friends come in and make it a live band."
The result was Gold Light's debut, self-titled album, which channels the likes of Velvet Underground and early doo-wop rock in a nine-track LP.
Chang began playing the music with several different touring groups. Currently, he has an Asheville-based band, with remnants of another project called Kovacs and The Polar Bear, and a Charleston-based group.
Gold Light will be a five-piece for the first time at the Savannah show, which will feature Nick Kovacs, Andy Woodward, Casey Ellis, Dane Smith and Chang.
Two months ago, Chang moved his operation entirely to Charleston after playing several shows in Savannah's sister city and met up with the owners of the record label Hearts & Plugs, which eventually put out "Gold Light."
While Gold Light rotates members, it is for the time being essentially a solo project. Chang writes and arranges all the music himself, but as he jams with the touring members, the band has begun to evolve.
This unorthodox structure for a musical project yields space for Chang to compose, while also allowing for the collaborative process to be integrated.
"It has its pros and cons," Chang said "There's things I like about it. I like working on my own. I definitely like the collaboration of being in a band, having everyone bring their own stuff to it. I would definitely love for Gold Light to have set members at some point and be more of a group. Which I think will happen eventually."
Chang is now working on a new Gold Light album. The film school dropout also produces music videos for the band, adding to the multi-artistic output of an already solid musical project.
Part of his decision to move to Charleston also had to do with Elim Bolt. A swooning rock group based in Charleston - and also on the Hearts & Plugs Record label - Chang and Elim Bolt (Johnnie Matthews, Jesse Oliver and friends) have formed a friendship around a mutual respect for each other's music.
Elim Bolt has two EPs out. The most recent, 2012's "Nude South," is a seven-track wonder of rock 'n' roll helmed by Matthews' sweet baritone that carries influence of Elvis, Jeff Buckley and Roy Orbison, with love-soaked lyrics, resonating guitars and rocking backbeats.
Highlighting the middle of the EP is "Farm Kid." With a minor chord chorus that soaks the lyrics, "All I want to do is truly love you, but all I seem to do is deeply hurt you," in a bastion of heartfelt honesty, written in the best form of a rock 'n' roll love song.
If COEDS' opening set for the Tis the Teasin' Savannah Sweet Tease burlesque show this past weekend is any indication, they will rock your socks off Dec. 19.
Less than 1 year old - they played their first show in February - COEDS are a fusion of members/ex-members of Whaleboat, Lovely Locks, General Oglethorpe & The Panhandlers, An Albatross and SOGM, and are simply put, a damn good rock 'n' roll outfit.
Pulling influence from garage rock sounds to surf rock melodies, COEDS have become one of the tightest and most fun rock groups to see live in Savannah.
This week, COEDS released a Christmas single, their cover of "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" by the Ramones, available for free download. They are set to hit the studio in 2015 for their first LP. They also have a debut EP, "Homecoming," available on the band's bandcamp page.
Sunglow, Daniel Lynch of local punk rock group Crazy Bag Lady, is set to spin the night away with his own discography of dance tunes.
This night of raucous rock will go well with some Scorpion Tea, so treat yourself to an early Christmas present.