The Best Band in South Carolina is Solaire


Back in August 2014 we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions and calling each other lots of names, we finally narrowed down our pick for the tangy, mustard-based BBQ sauce state. The best band in South Carolina is Solaire.

Rather than pretend like I know a damned thing about South Carolina, let’s get right to it: Solaire is one of my favorite finds from this contest. This is a band that puts out fuzzy stoner grooves with a remarkable knack for catchy melodies and a serious talent for skillful songwriting. Those of you that loved Bummer and/or Elephant Rifle (our winners for Kansas and Nevada, respectively) will find a lot to love here.

Hailing from the small college town of Clemson, we’ve got three young men that really grok what heavy rock n’ roll is all about: sweet riffs that would go great with fast cars and/or drugs and/or intense isolation. At times, Solaire recall the bluesy decadence of Deliverance-era Corrosion of Conformity. Elsewhere, the band pumps out pretty melodies that wouldn’t sound out of place on an ancient Smashing Pumpkins record.

The Solaire EP is a stunner. “Amarillo Cow Puncher” is easily my most-played track of the month. Propulsive and fist-pumping from the start, the song follows a linear yet satisfying progression. The solo in the middle section is so tasty I entered it into last week’s Solo of the Week (none of you voted for it, you rat bastards). “Burnin’ a Wet Mule” (again, with the animal abuse) is a bluesy and melancholy take on 90s rock that demands repeat listens.

Do you dig the EP? You’re in damn fine luck. Solaire are currently hard at work on their full-length debut. Go like them boys on Facebook and stay up to date on their progress.

But don’t just take my word for it. See what some of our esteemed judges have to say:

HessianHunter: There’s just a certain special something about this band. They’re not breaking new ground genrewise, but they ARE breaking ground in giving me so many feels while sounding so familiar, even comforting.

Dagon:When I lived in the United States for a year I learned what “comfort food” was when I first had Mac n’ cheese. Solaire is lobster mac n’ cheese, with four different types of cheeses including a crunchy Parmesan layer that was baked to perfection.

Randall Thor: PRAISE THE SUN

WVRM – Dirty grind from Greenville. FFO: Trap Them, Lord Mantis, Kurt Ballou

The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Minnesota – Noble Beast
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden
Nebraska – Borealis
Nevada – Elephant Rifle
New Hampshire – Eerie
New Jersey – Black Table
New Mexico – Void Ritual
New York – HUSH.
North Carolina – The Seduction
North Dakota – Gorgatron
Ohio – Prize the Doubt
Oklahoma – Cottonmouth
Oregon – Drouth
Pennsylvania – Burden
Rhode Island – Eternal Khan

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  • Disgustache

    This makes me want to wear old denim vests with gross looking patches from shows long past, never comb or cut my hair, and ride a motorcycle really fucking fast across the desert on my latest four day bender on my way to find my old lady and kill some fucking posers.

  • In b4 Grok™ and his obligatory “GROK LUBS GROK’N’ROLL” comment!


    • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      grok–is from the novel “stranger in a strange land”—it means to take in the coolness of something–
      they use it to describe things—like how joe said—“to grok in the rocknroll”–

    • ME GROG™


  • This is definitely pretty wizard. I’m also very glad Randall made the Dark Souls reference as that was what I was thinking the entire time.

    • Disgustache

      I am just now reading the Wheel of Time books, and I’m seeing references fucking everywhere. I feel like I’ve cheated myself out of such a great experience of nerdery until now.

      • They’re the next book series I plan to purchase.

        • Disgustache

          I’m nearly done with the second. They are long books, and there are like 13 or 14 of them. Holy schneikes. I like them, though. Something to tide me over until the next Song of Ice and Fire is released.

  • Tyree

    I was born in South Carolina man, I can’t read.

  • Howard Dean

    The NCAA March Madness style bracket with all of these bands and the ensuing battle is going to be legendary. I have complete faith that humanity will fuck it up and pick the wrong band.


    Down with South Carolina

    • Sir Tapir the Based™

      *Down with Denmark


        Annex SC to Denmark. Both problems solved

    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      Down with Carolinas, Dakotas, Ohio, Indiana, Connecticunt, Rhode Island, Delaware, half the midwest, etc. It’s time to change. We don’t need all of these useless states.



      • These states have been babied by the federal government for far too long. If they can’t defend themselves from inevitable annexation by Texas, they shouldn’t be a state to begin with.

        • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

          I hail from Connecticunt. It’s fucking awful. The traffic might be the worst in the country. The tax rates might be as well. It shouldn’t be a state.

          • Lmaoed. You think CT traffic is awful? CT traffic is the wettest of wet dreams compared to . . . just about anywhere else, but AZ in particular.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            Every person in bands I know, every hockey buddy I have tells me it’s the worst. Some of them have lived in LA, so I’ll believe them. Plus I know for a fact it’s awful.

          • Lived there for the first 20 years of my life, and off an on afterward. In my experience traffic was is worse in Providence, LA and Phoenix. To say nothing of New York City, where neither Man nor Woman should drive.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            I find the C.H.U.D.s are the best drivers in NYC.

        • This information seems to indicate not much of a firearm advantage for TX. This is just registered firearms, which do not account for the un registered ones.

          • The W.

            Yah, but we have all those tanks and APCs sitting around our Wal Marts because of Jade Helm 15.

          • more beer

            They are hiding them at DIA in Colorado.

          • The W.

            I heard they got rid of the spooky mural with the gas masks. Is that true?

          • more beer

            Not that I know of. I haven`t flown anywhere in a while. I will be going to California in October I will look then.

          • What the fuck, Wyoming.

          • This data is whacked. there is no way 200 guns/per captia is a real number.

          • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

            When you consider wolves probably outnumber the six families that live there, you kinda need to arm yourself to the teeth.

            Is Armed To the Teeth a band name yet?

          • more beer

            The state is filled with cowboys. Makes sense.

        • Tyree

          Maybe they should all just move to Texas. Seems big enough.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    listen to SOLAIRE–“Amarillo cow puncher”–
    with both these vids–1st ful vol–2nd mute


  • This band have some tasty guitar work. Hope a lot of people check them out!

  • I went to Myrtle Beach with some friends a while back. We were going to a club that played hip hop music and was frequented my minorities. I stopped at a quick mart next door for gum and the lady at the counter asked me – “Are you gonna go in there wit them coloreds?” I said, yes I’m from NJ and we get along fine with everybody where I come from. I paid and proceeded to have a wonderful time that evening. The lady at the counter was dumbfounded to say the least. That’s my South Carolina story.


      The irony is she’s probably the minority in that area. Myrtle beach is a nasty garbage town though

      • Is it? I have family there. Many fond Myrtle Beach childhood memories. Except that time I got a nail in my foot while swimming, so . . .

        You’re right–fuck Myrtle Beach!

      • It wasn’t bad when I went there but we’re talking over 10 years ago now.

  • JW(E)G

    I only know one thing about South Carolina for sure. This guy is from there:

  • Lacertilian

    Gonna have to get this now, I wasn’t hearing the Bummer until the 3rd track ‘Stir The Herd‘ started. Fucking killer, reminds me of Earthship & the slower moments from Red Fang.

  • Fatguyinparentsbasement

    Excellent use of grok.