Sired by Classic Rock and Modern Metal ancestors, Tattermask of Charlotte, NC, commingled melodic relics of Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Boston, and Whitesnake with modern riffage akin to Disturbed, Alter Bridge, Evanescence, and Sevendust to forge a fresh sound in the mire of mainstream active rock. Driven by dual lead guitarists Josh Wright and Travis Dry; powered by tight, expressive rhythms from Adam Blackmon on drums & Harley Quinn on bass; and garnished with vocals from Amanda Caines that go from Pat Benatar to Adele to Evanescence at the drop of a hat, sonic variety is the ultimate goal of Tattermask’s catalogue of original tunes.
Critics and fans have given rave reviews to the band’s Carpe Noctem EP (released 2/24/2015). Recorded with producer/engineer Cory Plaugh (Weaving The Fate, Crossfade), the Carpe Noctem record is a strong step up from the band’s prior release, …After the Storm (2011). Listeners from Finland to Japan to Australia enjoy the band’s singles “No More” and a 20th Anniversary reboot of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” on iTunes, Amazon, iHeartRadio and a variety of radio outlets, while audiences across the Southeastern United States gravitate towards the on-stage energy and party atmosphere of Tattermask’s live shows.
Though Tattermask’s claim to fame on their home turf is their knack for putting on creatively themed party shows, the band is no stranger to charitable causes and often donates performances to environmental charity shows, cancer victim benefit shows, and other philanthropy events. The band even organizes its own annual charity show called “Hooterfest” which features rock bands with at least one female member and benefits North Carolina-based Carolina Raptor Center’s orphaned owlet fund.
Even some of the national and regional bands for whom Tattermask has been an opening act have paid the band unexpected post-show compliments, such as Flyleaf, Righteous Vendetta, Taproot, Soil, Straight Line Stitch, Lacuna Coil, and Eye Empire. After the release of their EP, the band plans to take its live show on the road to meet new fans in the Southeast region of the U.S. and play some conferences and festivals to support the release.
“The vocals of Amanda Caines conjure up images of Evanescence and they fit the genre’s standards well — heavy rock rhythms, catchy hooks and occasional humor.”
– Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing, Charlotte
“Carpe Noctem (2015) gives us a band we can rank among our favorites of the genre.”
– Andy Frisk, Shutter 16 Magazine
“With talented players and a knack for writing and arranging, [tattermask is] on par with bigger national acts.”
– Courtney Devores, The Charlotte Observer
Amanda – Singer
Josh Wright – Guitar
Harley Quinn – Bass
Travis Dry – Guitar
Adam Blackmon – Drums
Band photo – Scott Grube
Live photo – Arvind Bhandari