Last updated: August 22. 2013 8:52AM -
Dawn M. Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal

Contributed photo“Little Does She Know,” a band from Richmond County, will be playing in Southern Pines at the end of the month.
Contributed photo“Little Does She Know,” a band from Richmond County, will be playing in Southern Pines at the end of the month.
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A familiar sound is coming out of Richmond County and spreading over into Moore County towards the end of the month.

The up and coming three-piece band “Little Does She Know” is comprised of Matthew Hunter Rizzolo, 16, of Rockingham, Brandon Rankin, 19, of Hamlet and Zach Russell, 19, also of Rockingham. According to Rizzolo, the band takes after pop punk favorites like Fallout Boy, Blink 182, and Paramore. Rizzolo sings and plays guitar, Rankin plays the bass and Russell is on the drums.

The three Rs have been creating music together for just longer than two months, with Rizzolo and Russell having known each other for a while. Rankin is new in the mix and Rizzolo said the collaboration works to their advantage.

“We hold a lot of the same ideas given that we all listen to the same kind of pop punk bands,” said Rizzolo. “We look at all the bands and see what they are doing right and draw our inspiration from that. The bassist and I both write music, and we sit down and teach each other stuff.”

“Little Does She Know” played Tuesday at Sports Connection in Hamlet, and had a “really good turnout,” the singer said, but venues in Richmond County are somewhat limited, so they are taking their next show to downtown Southern Pines, to Cup of Flow coffee shop which has embraced the growing music scene over the past year.

“Cup of Flow has a lot of soul,” said Rizzolo. “They really thrive off of helping local bands out and it’s really neat how they keep making improvements. They just built a stage and they hold a whole bunch of shows. It’s a good way to get exposure. They are really cool people over there.”

Cup of Flow Barista Carmelo Rodriguez has worked at the shop for about a year and has seen more bands than he can count.

“I work every weekend and we have at least two bands a weekend, some rotate through, so I’ve seen easily 50,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve had a lot of different people because we participate in the Blues Crawl. They range from teenage bands to 50-year-olds who are still doing the whole garage band thing, jammin’ out.”

Rodriguez said recent improvements to the venue cost several thousand dollars and will allow bands and audiences to have a crisper, more vivid show experience.

“We just put in a risen stage in the corner,” he said. “We have a professional quality 16-channel PA system that pushes 4,000 watts and we just installed a new set of stage lights last week. They flash different colors and go along with the tune of music. Most of the bands bring their own amps for the guitars. Some bands put the amps on stage and the guitarists stand down in crowd area. It’s got plenty of space for the drum kit — and we’ve got big drum kits that come through here — so it could fit four people comfortable including the drummer. It’s been an ongoing process over the past few months. The new system is so powerful that my alarm system thinks the front windows are breaking. You can hear us all the way down the block on some nights. It has new added effects, too.”

“Little Does She Know” hopes to record most of their music professionally before the year is over. Their next show at Cup of Flow will happen Aug. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Other artists will play on stage throughout the night, including Scrapbooks. Check the Cup of Flow Facebook page for cover charges.

Cup of Flow coffee shop is located at 115 Northeast Broad St., Southern Pines, and can be reached at 910-693-1999.

Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at dkurry@civitasmedia.com.

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