Total War
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Total War

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Pop Alternative

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Oct
09
Total War @ Moog Music Inc

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

May
08
Total War @ The Orange Peel

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Apr
20
Total War @ Tiger Park

Clemson, South Carolina, USA

Clemson, South Carolina, USA

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Press


Part of the challenge of working with the equipment, says Rose, is that Total War — who will kick off the new AHA AVL season on Wednesday, Oct. 9 — is a three-piece (with bassist Ory Petty and drummer Adam Woleslagle). “If any one of the three of us gets too pedal-y at any moment, it’ll be a two-piece with weirdness.”

Anyone who’s seen a Total War show knows about the vulnerable spin they put on indie-rock. Equal parts quirky sweetness and propulsive intensity, their songs are both personal and cinematic. The trio’s video for "All We Have Tonight” won best song and the audience choice award at this year's Music Video Asheville. They already have ideas for AHA AVL and will also incorporate a keyboardist. Some Total War songs have implied keys parts and, says Rose, “We figured it’s a synthesizer factory, so we should use a synthesizer.” - Mountain XPress


Rose says that when Total War considered approaching the song literally, it lent itself to the same approach as their previous video for the song, "You're Over It," directed by Brian Wilson. While the band loved that end-product, and working with Wilson, they wanted to try something new.

Videographer Josh Hartigan was feeling ambitious, and, in a brain-storming session, Petty (who, "when given a moment to brainstorm will naturally take everything to the most insane possible destination," says Rose) came up with jet packs and rocket ships. "We wanted to make it silly and cute," says Rose. "The song presents itself as kind of serious, but it's not. It's a trifle, a dalliance." So, following Petty's lead, they went for fun and fanciful.

"A light reflection on imagination and perception instead of a dark one," as Rose puts it. - Mountain XPress


Rose says that when Total War considered approaching the song literally, it lent itself to the same approach as their previous video for the song, "You're Over It," directed by Brian Wilson. While the band loved that end-product, and working with Wilson, they wanted to try something new.

Videographer Josh Hartigan was feeling ambitious, and, in a brain-storming session, Petty (who, "when given a moment to brainstorm will naturally take everything to the most insane possible destination," says Rose) came up with jet packs and rocket ships. "We wanted to make it silly and cute," says Rose. "The song presents itself as kind of serious, but it's not. It's a trifle, a dalliance." So, following Petty's lead, they went for fun and fanciful.

"A light reflection on imagination and perception instead of a dark one," as Rose puts it. - Mountain XPress


"Themes in [Total War's] music are of youth and uncertainty. The drive to get somewhere, to accomplish something, but what? Adam Woleslagle's percussion adds the urgency and immediacy that catapults Rose's lyrics into palpable, emotive intensity.

It's an angsty/hopeful mix, balancing polished and raw, practiced and rough. The band finished with a new song that they said had never played in front of an audience before. It had some tricky time signature changes and jazz touches; the overall sound recalled Psychedelic Furs' 'Heartbreak Beat.'"

-- Alli Marshall, Mountain XPress (Asheville NC) - Mountain XPress


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Bio

Total War plays catchy, clever guitar pop with an unpredictable, technical bent and a delivery so desperately passionate it can verge on utter collapse.

From the vibrant mountain town of Asheville NC, the three-piece has played over eighty shows in six states from Georgia to New York, from basements and living rooms to the 1000-capacity Orange Peel in their home city (opening, on separate occasions, for Twin Shadow and Moon Taxi), from outdoor campus concerts to the factory floor of Asheville-based Moog Music.

Videos by Total War have won several awards -- among them "Audience Choice" and "Best Song" at 2013's Music Video Asheville and "Best of Western NC" in 2012 from Mountain Xpress -- and have been featured in Moog's AHA AVL video series.

They have been compared to The Cure, Cursive, Bloc Party, The National, mewithoutYou, Superchunk and Wolf Parade, among many others, with varying degrees of accuracy.

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