You may remember locals Jared Micah and Hats, who were one of the few experimental acts who played Next Big Nashville last year. Matt Sullivan reviewed their self-released record T.C.H.T.O.B. in advance of their festival appearance, and they got props in last year's Rock Poll as one of the best local releases for their fearless idiosyncracy. (Micah also started a pseudo-beef with Kyle Andrews in the poll when asked who in the local rock scene he'd like to challenge to a fight.) And, if you lived in Murfreesboro, you might have seen underground shows at the Acid House Living Room, some of which he helped co-organize.
Still, Nashvegas can't charm us all, so Micah—whose Jared Micah and Hats is technically a moniker for his solo project—and his lady friend are leaving Music City and moving to New York, where he'll pursue a degree in philosophy and make another record.
We contacted Micah to find out what drove him away, and here's what he had to say about his reasons for leaving:
The Nashville scene is a little bit incestuous. I’m kind of tired of bands playing for bands. There’s just a lot of undesirable things about the entire state of Tennessee in general. And with the new material, I really don’t think—I mean, as marginal as we were to begin with, I think the new material is gonna need a different area to breathe out, even more so than the earlier material. We’re not actually releasing it either, right away or self-released or through a local indie. We’re gonna work with a management company and try to get it a proper release and see how far we can go before we run out of our youth.
Sounds like a case of the landlocked second-tier city blues. For fans of the band, we would have loved to tell you to check out their last show before they leave, but that was last night at Springwater, and unfortunately, we didn't know anything about it until it was too late.