The Pinhook venue in Durham, NC.

The Pinhook venue in Durham, NC.

Word has it that En Serenade and Supervision – The Chapel Hill & Durham, NC native bands will be playing at the city’s premier Pinhook venue together December 26.

The Pinhook, located in Downtown Durham, is a much needed fresh breath for downtown life. Its progressive, liberal, artistic atmosphere represents city well – their rotating local art displays keep the scene fresh. Durham’s continuing efforts on the revitalization of downtown have only brought positive changes, and renewed success to the city.  The Pinhook is the result of a demand for live music in Durham.

Promotional En Serenade photo.

Promotional En Serenade photo.

The quintet group En Serenade has a quick paced, hard, energetic rock style that’s shows them to be surprisingly talented. Kyle Cox’s strong guitar work never seems to tire him, while vocalist Dillon Shamblay provides well-craft harmonies with his rifts creating a steller sound. I’m told En Seranade puts on great show – and for a band describing themselves as “exciting, scary, awesome, unknown”, would you really want to challenge it? Their local-oriented songs “Orange High Parking Lot”, and “Bull City Skyline” will really hit home.

Fan photo of a Supervision live house performance.

Fan photo of a Supervision live house performance.

Supervision, who is still only rumored to play, has yet to officially release their EP album. Supervision has an unique exciting and fresh “groove rock” sound, which is quite gratifying to listen to. The EP opener, “Oh this Love” is a lovely melodic groove – defining the group’s characteristically fun & upbeat style.  Their song “Fantasy”, on the other hand, is a more aggressive alternative rock style that can really get you jumping. Supervision shows a diverse range of sound throughout their EP, varying from light groove to hard rock, assuring my confidence that their future material with only grow & expand.  The somber personalities of the members, including front man Matthew Stancell, transform and burst with exciting talent while on the stage. Supervision has mainly played local Durham house parties, and has recently moved to Asheville in hopes of gaining more exposure.

Tickets for the event can be bought at the door.