Atlanta’s Vonnegutt may not immediately ring a bell, but there’s a good chance you’ve already heard them play and seen them perform. Providing the hook on Big Boi’s current single “Follow Us,” having shared festival and late night television stages with him on multiple occasions, and fresh off a killer set at Lollapalooza, they are ready to re-release their debut EP, The Appetizer EP, on September 21st via Purple Ribbon/Favorite Gentlemen (the respective labels of Outkast’s Big Boi and Manchester Orchestra).
What commonly intrigues new and old fans alike is Vonnegutt’s ability to cross musical boundaries and appeal to different audiences. For fans of Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., Chester French, and Chiddy Bang, Vonnegutt make their own mark with classic emcee skills coupled with evolving lyrics, pop sensibility, and a dose of rock dynamics.
Let’s be clear though, this has been has not been an easy path. Vonnegutt’s two founding members have been paying their dues for years before crossing paths. Frontman/emcee Kyle Lucas has been earning a name for himself in the hip hop scene for years with the release of several mixtapes including his latest; It’s Always Sunny In Marietta, which was presented by 2dopeboyz.com and hosted by Big Boi. Meanwhile, guitarist Neil Garrard was busy doing session work for some of the south’s biggest names in Rap/R&B (Dungeon Family, Pastor Troy, and Kelly Rowland). 2008 saw the band solidify their lineup with the additions of Patrick Postlewait (bass) and Taylor White (drums).
2011 will see the release of the long awaited debut full length, Falling Up The Stairs. Until then and in celebration of Vonnegutt’s recent partnership with Purple Ribbon/Favorite Gentlemen, the band’s The Appetizer EP will be re-released September 21st, giving fans four songs to whet their appetites for what’s to come.