Concerning Lions Make a Splash In Chattanooga’s Indie Music Scene

By Grahm Long

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — From their polished vocals to their seamless integration of jazz and folk rock, The Concerning Lions are emerging as a bright spot in Chattanooga’s independent rock scene.

As their Facebook biography page states, “Split between Nashville and Chattanooga, Concerning Lions is a quintet divided geographically, but united by writing songs they enjoy performing together.”

The group’s formation goes back to a childhood bond between leader singer and UTC student Brian Beise and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Durham.

After a couple of years playing various gigs in downtown Chattanooga with Beise, Durham discovered lead guitarist Chase Gamble and banjoist Daniel Hallum. Through Gamble, the band acquired drummer and fellow UTC student, Nathan Miller.

The fall of 2008 marked the quintet’s debut at The North Chatt Cat, a bar located on Frazier Avenue in the downtown area. Click here to listen how the Concerning Lions got their big break.

The North Chatt Cat, located on 346 Frazier Avenue

While the band generated buzz among music enthusiasts in the region, it also captured the attention of the Sodium Glow record company in Nashville, TN.

David Terry, one of the producers at Sodium Glow, had previously worked with Beise under an internship during high school. However, it was Durham’s connection to Terry that sent them to Nashville.

The meeting with Terry produced the band’s five song EP album titled A Movement Back and Forth, which released in the fall of 2009.

“On the first track of Concerning Lions’ debut EP, A Movement Back and Forth, singer Brian Beise implores: ‘Meet us,’” says Paste Magazine columnist, Rachel Bailey. “Canon” offers a salutation of acoustic strumming and stretchy electric yawns, punctuated by banjo interjections and the occasional tambourine jingle, suggesting the Tennessee mountains from whence these Lions hail.”

The band’s first time in the studio was not only a rewarding experience but also a learning one as well.

“Recording the drums in the studio was interesting, sometimes your hands and feet are not on the beat they should be, but it was good – it made me a better drummer,” says Miller. “It allowed me to listen to things that I never knew that I did before, either good or bad. It was pretty tough at times, because I had to redo things over and over again.”

The Concerning Lions: Pictured from left to right - lead guitarist Chase Gamble, drummer Nathan Miller, banjoist Daniel Hallum, multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Durham, and lead singer Brian Biese.

Beise says the process of composing music has made the band “more intentional about exploring and listening to music.” Brian Biese tells how the Concerning Lions made him a better musician

Recently, the Concerning Lions released a live-in-studio, full length, sophomore album titled The Winter Set.

“Every time we get to do a gig, I try to remember that standing up in front of people and playing songs is kind of a ridiculous thing to do,” says Beise. “And to ask them to take it seriously and clap at the end of the song, it’s obscene in a lot of ways and sort of audacious, so you have to be really grateful.”

Chattanoogans Become Bassheads

By: Elizabeth Patterson


A packed venue, multicolor lights flashing, and people dancing this is the trademark of Bassnectar, one of the new DJ’s sweeping the nation.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn( AP/ The Loop)- Raving has become the most popular all night dance party in our generation. The synthesized and heavy bass attracts all kinds of people especially those of  teens and young adolescents.

The drug scene is presentable but most are there for the music.  Talking to ravers I noticed a specific lingo to describe their experience using words like rowdy, drug references and calling themselves Bassheads.

Chattanooga has become involved with the rave scene.  There are many raves held in the downtown area and welcome anyone who is willing to put on their dancing shoes.  Bangers Ball located on Market St.  is just one of the all night parties that Chattanooga holds for the price of five dollars.  Chattanooga also has its fair share of up and coming djs.

2009 Summer Camp - Afternoon Set Credit: Chad Smith

Bassnectar throwing down the bass

One of the most popular dj’s that has started the revolution of electronic/dubstep craziness is no other than Bassnectar.  Not only does Bassnectar allow you to let loose and dance the night away, his music also leaves the audience open minded with his socialist ideas.

Click here to listen to tracks of Bassnectar

Bassnectar a.k.a Lorin Ashton started off underground in the Bay Area with his insane parties and mixtapes that eventually led him worldwide. “What started back in the mid nineties as an experiment fusing youth culture and social action has turned into a multi-faceted, multi-faced creature called Bassnectar, “says bassnectar himself.

Bassnectar is very popular in Chattanooga, Nashville and Atlanta. “His shows are crazy as all get out, the atmosphere is incredible,” said UTC student Kara Livingston.  I also spoke to people who are extremely into the rave scene and create their own style of music. ” Bassnectar has been a huge inspiration towards making my own music,” said student Brent Murphy.

Bassnectar Family

I myself have had the experience of seeing Bassnectar live.  The crowd does get extremely rowdy by throwing glow sticks and water.  The atmosphere is like no other with people dressed in the most interesting outfits with hulu hoops.    It’s a very different scene but definitely one you will never forget.

Bassnectar next show is December 30 in Atlanta at the Tabernacle.  Come out and experience the craziness of the show and become a basshead( bassnectar fan).