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Nautilus is an ever evolving sound rooted in progressive jam and plain ole’ feel good music. The band is comprised of Jonny Rienerth on drums, Evan Bost on keyboards and vocals, Connor White on guitar and vocals, Andy Blair on bass and vocals, and Brian Smith on guitar. Forming in the fall of 2010, Nautilus started when five students at UNCW banded to form Heavy Living. The band’s lineup and name have since changed, but the unanimous spirit to create passionate music moment by moment has not. Their influences are broad, ranging from classic rock, such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Van Halen, to more progressive sounds like Umphrey’s Mcgee, Weather Report, and Steely Dan. Their original song structures can be characterized by catchy melodies, altering time signatures, volume dynamics, vocal harmonies, and tightly crafted lyrics. In a live setting, the band plays their songs with a large degree of improvisation, always keeping the music and set-lists unique.
Although Nautilus is still young, they have been able to play several festivals and have shared the stage with major artists, including opening for Rusted Root and playing an Umphrey’s Mcgee after party with Snarky Puppy. The band has also found a home base of sorts at The Whiskey in downtown Wilmington, consistently packing the venue every time they play. Nautilus’ growth in the Wilmington music scene is due in part to an ever growing and cohesive group of friends that continue to support the band show after show. This playful and positive attitude has become a cornerstone of the Nautilus experience and has guided the growth of the band to where it is today. Looking into the future, Nautilus plans to further develop their sound and spread the positive message that is so easily found in their music.