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Moon Beams on: A.Grimes

Here’s a band I hope doesn’t dissolve: A. Grimes – the sooty tones, the psych-experimentation, the murky vocals, the reverb and dingy ambiance, or as band leader, Britt Teusink denotes, “the art of being scum or a literal ‘Grimes’.” There may have never been a band name to so aptly embody the sound and essence of it’s members. These songs resurrect the 1970′s anarchist spirit in fresh form that melds feisty, natural, disorder,  primitive, and avant-garde.

Teusink started a band called White Light Forest Choir just a year or two ago, and that band parted ways last summer. He’s also been a guitarist in Back Pockets, but with their touring schedule and the focus on A. Grimes, he’s also said goodbye to them, admitting, “I’m still deeply in love with those gypsy art unicorns.” Hopefully, we won’t see the A. Grimes project perish, with the great potential it has even in the band’s infancy.

Malt Liquor Fantastrophe is the first EP from A. Grimes, recorded over the course of 5 days in Teusink’s basement. One could easily mistake  the 4 songs on the album to be live recordings, particularly because coughing sounds were left in the mix. However, Teusink explains, “I wanted to get the intensity of our live show or more like the energy of Atlanta house shows, but still have it different with effects and such kind of like hip hop. My friend, Dr. Conspiracy, helped me mix it and actually helped with the recorded composition of “Vegan Hunter”. The coughs…. I’m lazy and coughing sounds funny with a shit load of reverb. Haha, I’m really glad you noticed.”

The album was named after Teusink’s favorite malt beverage. He reveals, “I love the sweet elixir that is Colt 45 (seriously) probably a little too much, and a Malt Liquor Fantastrophe is the beauty that is birthed by getting too faded. Like getting real drunk and having a really sappy emotional conversation that you wouldn’t normally have, Continue reading “Moon Beams on: A.Grimes” »

Record Review: Shathouse Rats ‘Blood On Yer Shoes’

Dark, raw, and sinister, Shathouse Rats puts a bluesy spin on dixie-tinged garage rock, laden with psychedelic reverb, a raging organ, and the essence of  untamed voodoo rock. Blood on Yer Shoes is a thoroughly uninhibited 6-song experience that comforts the dark corners of your soul, inviting you to dance with your demons without fear of getting “blood on your shoes.”

“Roshambo” explodes as the opening track, like a ferocious climax, with Matt Shat’s unrelenting energy spewing forth through savage vocals, while the keyboard swells and swirls between prominent, deep bass lines and a steadying tambourine. “Die Alone” begins to slow, just enough to maintain a sonic haze, while thunder roars in the background of Shat chanting, “No matter where you go, you’re going to die alone.” The moody and somber, “Stomp Splatter Spew” revels in the shadows of love, Continue reading “Record Review: Shathouse Rats ‘Blood On Yer Shoes’” »

Attention System – New Video Release for ‘Alibi’

Local electro-rock lords, Attention System have just released a new video for the song “Alibi” off of their last album, Wait For My Signal. The video is shot and directed by Todd Crowe, who is an awesome photographer and also helped on the filming of the rockumentary, Rebel Scum. Check out the video below:

Record Review: Free Ticket ‘All Thumbs’

Allusions to the magnificence of rivers, mountains, and trees is prominent on the debut album, All Thumbs, from Atlanta band Free Ticket. This imagery is magnified by the dreamy, hazy atmosphere created by guitar reverb, steady drumming, and hypnotic, albeit slightly monotone vocals.

The theme of the record seems to revolve around having to take the bad with the good, or that the darkness is as influential in our being as is the light. The concept of duality is imitated in song as the music moves from airy and mesmerizing to frantic, psychedelic, and unrestrained. These transitions act to Continue reading “Record Review: Free Ticket ‘All Thumbs’” »

Record Review: Charges – ‘Consequentialist Communique’

If the title of Charges’ 4-song 7”, Consequentialist Communique, gives off the vibe that you’ve got something coming to you, the music doesn’t disappoint. The consequence you face is an assault of brazen punk rock that benefits from an injection of 60’s-style psychedelic overtones, created by the resolute use of a Farfisa organ and Rhodes piano.

Imagine The Door’s keyboardist playing with Rancid and you get a feel for Charges. Vocalist Mick Winters emits brash and gritty vocals, with curt charisma full of conviction and stamina. The interchange between prominent, fast-paced bass lines and crashing cymbals, infused with fuzzy, spiraling keys reinforce Winters’ stronghold on the listener. The result is a gripping and relentless record that never slows down long enough to let go. Continue reading “Record Review: Charges – ‘Consequentialist Communique’” »

Artist Spotlight: Dead Rabbits

Taking a cue from The Ramones, Dead Rabbits strive to keep their music simple and honest. In the short time that this Atlanta-based rock duo has been together, they have garnered multiple comparisons to big names in music, including Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, and The Black Keys. Dead Rabbits play bluesy garage rock with noticeable classic rock overtones, as evidenced in the standout track “Freedom” from their album The Rabbit That Roared. The hooks and raw energy transmitted by vocalist/guitarist Joshua DeRosa on this track are genuine and fervent, while drummer Lucas Fuentes explodes concisely alongside, giving the song no room to exist as an artifact of influence.

Though DeRosa and Fuentes have played together for years in other bands, Continue reading “Artist Spotlight: Dead Rabbits” »