Rock band, China Gate, came together in the summer of 2013 when vocalist and guitarist Tiger Adams was writing for a casual recording project; and finding that the songs were developing into fuller-length. When he returned to Memphis in the winter of 2013, he connected with friends Walt Phelan and Connor Booth for the recording of their debut record Hunca Munca, released on independent, Nashville-based label, Pizza Tape Records in 2015. Local shows called their name and further recruited additional members and brothers, Harry and Kyle Neblett to round out the band.
Having built their fan base in Memphis playing more local shows in and around the city while balancing and college life, the guys have opened for popular bands, Diarrhea Planet and Hoops. As a result, the recording of their highly anticipated upcoming EP, Good Grief, debuts on May 19, and features a slew of songs about social issues, such as mental health. The band has recently performed a regional tour, with a performance at this year’s SXSW at Karma Lounge.
Today, they’re premiering the single, "Covered In Flames," featured on their upcoming release, due out later this May. Vocalist Tiger Adams shares with AXS that "’Covered In Flames’ was the first song I wrote specifically for the EP. It feels like a blind contour of that period of my life. I think this song was an effective way for me to kind of lay everything out so I could find what I needed to change about myself to live a more positive life. The song still deals with a lot of negative and melancholic ideas, but it is written from a perspective that is aware of these things and is learning how to deal with them in a healthier way."
Good Grief debuts May 19, and will be available as physical and digital formats on Bandcamp and Pizza Tape Records web store. Their record release show will be on Thursday, May 18 at the Hi-Tone in Memphis, Tennessee.