Universal Sigh at New Mountain AVL

Inside New Mountain, one of Asheville’s live music venues, Twiddle performs their soundcheck while tonight’s openers, Universal Sigh, sit outside tuning guitars and putting together their setlist.

“Remember, guys,” lead guitarist Pace Maynard tells the other three members of the band. “Two choruses on ‘Snow Dunes’ tonight.”

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, brothers Pace and Jones Maynard, Austin Parker, and Steve Terry say Universal Sigh takes influence from a myriad of artists including Umphrey’s McGee, Radiohead, and Snarky Puppy.

“We only went on our first tour in June,” said Terry. “So we’re still pretty fresh. We’re a baby band. 21, 22, 24 years old. We’ve been alive for less time than bands like Phish and Umphrey’s have been playing together.”

Starting around 9:30 p.m., the band began their set with a series of original songs, morphing the crowd into a united, undulating body. Steady drums from Jones Maynard laid the foundations for Austin Parker’s bass-lines and vocals with additional vocals accompanied by guitar and keyboards from Steve Terry. Pace Maynard completed the quartet, delivering knee-weakening guitar solos.

Barely old enough to drink, the members of Universal Sigh are new blood in the jam music scene, gaining traction with every performance. With upcoming dates in Virginia and Georgia, as well as a possible appearance at a festival, Universal Sigh is looking toward the future with optimism, and excitement. Their upcoming album “Atoms & Void” will be released in early May.

More information on Universal Sigh can be found here