LIVE! From the ADP presents: Mightier Than Me
The Greensboro-based band Mightier Than Me was named as 2017’s Rock Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards last year. The group came to the offices of YES! Weekly on Aug. 31 to play a few songs and announce the release of their new album Information Age of Bunker Hill Records based in Colfax, North Carolina.
Mightier Than Me was conceptualized in 2015 while four members were attending Guilford Technical Community College.
Mightier Than Me is made up of Sarah Barker (keyboard, backing vocals), Randy Willams (lead vocals, guitar), Charlie Fuson (drums), Robert Seawell (bass, backing vocals) and Wes Frank Norman (lead guitar). With the addition of Fuson, the band officially formed in January 2016.
As the five band members got comfortable in our modest space, they were all wearing sunglasses–which stood out to me. What was the story behind the shades?
“So, we all came from GTCC, the four of the five of us were students there at the same times and the sunglasses started when I got tired of [being blinded] on stage,” Seawell said jokingly of the lighting for their early performances as a band. “It kind of became a thing and [the band] was like ‘well you can’t be the only one being cool on stage.'”
The story of the band’s name also has a humorous origin.
“We thought Robert said ‘Mightier Than Me’ but he actually said ‘Mighty Manatee,'” Norman said with a laugh.
The band describes themselves as an alternative rock band. For me, the band brings to mind groups such as Alabama Shakes or The Black Keys– with upbeat, foot-tapping rock tunes with catchy licks and lyrics. The three songs that Mightier Than Me performed for LIVE! From the ADP were “OLE, ” “Get Gone” and “Nos Regimus Iam,” which is off of Information Age.
“The basic gist of it is, kind of we are owning ourselves again and breaking from the system and taking charge of our lives,” Willams said of the meaning of “Nos Regimus Iam.” Williams said in Latin “Nos Regimus Iam” means “we are ours again.”
Information Age is set to release in 2019, but the single “Big As Life” is set to come out this November. Williams said Information Age “calls attention to the disconnection between humans and our reliance on technology, and how we come to grips with that.”
Mightier Than Me will be playing at Cox’s Harley Davison in Asheboro for the Go Dog GO Charity Event on Sept. 22 and the Asheboro Fall Festival on Oct. 6.