Malachi, May 15, Knitting Factory 

Opening for Floater is a high point in the career of Malachi's frontman Jeffro Hoskins III. "We've enjoyed opening for other bands," Hoskins said. "But this is huge for us."

Huge is a good description of how Hoskins sees Malachi, their music and the direction the band is headed. Hoskins might beg to differ--huge may not be big enough.

"Our sound is epic, it's emotional," Hoskins said. With sweeping hooks and piano-based melodies, he said Malachi's sound is "epic rock," adding that they sound like a "modern Queen."

New piano player Milan House and a new bass player, IQEQ's Kyle Letner, have allowed Hoskins, along with Bear Benson, Ryan Allen and Anthony White, to take the music to a different place. Though their name is Malachi, and they have biblical references in their songs, Hoskins points out they are not a Christian band. The darker, more intense direction they're heading musically, and the addition of traces of hip-hop and country may help them lose that label. The new sound should be evident in the releases of two follow-ups to their debut full-length, Mourning Days, Vol. 1, not surprisingly titled Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.

"We're revamping our sound," Hoskins said. "We have a little country, a little hip-hop, a little bit of everything."

--Amy Atkins

Friday, May 15, opening for Floater and The Fav, 8 p.m., $14. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St.,

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