May 10, 1957
Carver Commodore Pruitt is standing on the back porch of his farmhouse in the outskirts Florence, Alabama, when he notices an orb of light falling from the sky. Upon its impact, Carver examines the orb. While doing so, the mysterious light rolls toward him and stops, as if to look right into his soul. After a few seconds of searching for a sane explanation, the orb rolls back to its point of impact and ascends into the Heavens. Carver then tells his brother what he had witnessed. He explains his belief that the orb was a premonition of sorts, warning him that his end is near. He asks his brother to tend to his wife and farm so he can attend church and accept Jesus into his heart. Three days after doing so, a car strikes Carver Commodore on his way home from work – and he is pronounced dead on sight.
Payton Pruitt and Phillip Blevins, founding members of the folk rock band The Bear & the Bride, felt the winds of change coming as they watched their other band mates' artistic visions and changing geographical locations begin to dissolve one of the Florence, Alabama’s most promising and energetic young acts. Deciding to lean into the creative tension, Pruitt and Blevins carried on the name for a season. But during this process, a new creative instinct beckoned them to journey in a different direction, and in turn, their new indie rock incarnation was birthed.
Enter Carver Commodore.
Taking the name of Pruitt’s enigmatic and superstitious great uncle, Pruitt and Blevins have christened their new vision with a sense of fun and brash southern charm to honor their band’s namesake. Where The Bear & the Bride was forthright and direct about matters of life and faith, Carver Commodore kicks down the abstract back door and lets the ghosts inside dance in the backyard as the cicadas pop quarters in the Rock ‘N Roll jukebox. Distilling their ever-rowdy live show into this new sound, they have simply used The Bear & the Bride as a launching pad for a brand new rocket that is steadily catching up to bands like Colony House, Alabama Shakes, and The Strokes. The band's Debut EP was released on September 22nd, and features the singles "Ring Ain't Free" & "Stars & Galaxies" as well as three brand new songs.