ONE SPARK

Memphibians

Jacksonville band prepares to record two new records

James Bayer III, Kathleen D’Elia, John Paul Jackson and Kevin Lee Newberry are the Memphibians.
Dennis Ho
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James Bayer III, Kathleen D’Elia, Andrew Felts, Kevin Lee Newberry

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The group also plays at midnight April 17 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., 7:45 p.m. April 19 at Gus & Company shoe repair, 225 N. Laura St., and 5:30 p.m. April 20 at Mavericks at The Jacksonville Landing.

After a national tour that covered 100 shows in 138 days across 39 states, local band Memphibians is back home in Jacksonville rehearsing and preparing two new full-length records as well as a couple of 7-inch upcoming releases.

Self-described as a “post-junk” band, Memphibians consists of members James Arthur Bayer III, Kathleen D’Elia, Andrew Felts and Kevin Lee Newberry.

“One Spark is the perfect opportunity to potentially introduce Memphibians to a wider audience while participating in what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a local Jacksonville artist,”Bayer said.

Formed in 2008, the band soon began a label, Infintesmal Records, and started promoting local shows as well as releasing albums by some of its favorite area artists. In 2011, Memphibians finally released its own debut record, "How To Be Followed Alone,” and then dropped an EP, "The Dirty Future."

“I believe Memphibians is directly related and connected to Jacksonville,” Bayer said. “The music is born in Jacksonville, recorded in Jacksonville and most certainly influenced by and a reaction to Jacksonville.

“I believe One Spark has the potential to be incredibly important to Jacksonville. I also believe that Jacksonville is the perfect guinea pig to attempt an event like One Spark. We’re certainly large enough and house an incredible amount of creative and innovative people.”

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