The Local hosts Talking Box Company


The Appalachian Online

Katie Murawski

After headlining at Legends on Thursday, Talking Box Company band members Bryan Hatchell, Spencer King, Michael Fox, and Brian Froeb played a free 21-and-up show at The Local on Friday.

The Remarks, composed of Aaron Aiken, Stephan Sigmon, and Chris Peroni opened for the band and an audience of more than 150 people.  

Talking Box Company received the chance to play at The Local by accident, Hatchell said. The Color Exchange, a band based in Chapel Hill and close personal friends of Hatchell, suggested Talking Box Company play in their place after a cancellation.

Talking Box Company regards The Local as one of their favorite bars in Boone, and “the most professional, and better quality sound system” they have ever played on. Fox described the band as a combination of “post-punk, new wave and alternative with a potpourri of influence.”

The band played original songs such as Somnambulist, Someday, Planetarium, Fictional Fears and Muchacha. They also performed covers of Someday by The Strokes and Certain Romance by The Arctic Monkeys.  

Junior Liam Winters, a political science major at Appalachian State Univeristy, is a longtime fan of the band’s music.

“It is nice to see this band covering such a diverse list of covers while integrating new music and continuing to strive towards artistic originality,” he said.

The wide range of style fell nicely on others’ ears as well.

“I love the vibes and positivity of the band,” Katie McFall, a junior at Appalachian, said. “They are really perceptive and smart, which is something you don’t see in mainstream music.”

Story by: Katie Murawski, A&E Reporter