Photo Credit: Mary Merritt
If there's been one band on seemingly everyone's lips lately, it's Nihilist Cheerleader. The young punk four-piece has earned a loyal local fanbase thanks to a scrappy, melodic sound, lyrics that alternate seamlessly between playful and political, and a beyond-their-years comprehension of musical tension and release.
Athens-based post-punk band Einschlagen is readying the release of its first album, Not Angry, Disappointed, tracked at The Glow Recording Studio and out Monday, Mar. 13 via band member Taylor Chicoine's Perfect Attendance Records.
Today, we're pumped to premiere the record's lead single, the glassy, agile "Wolf Tooth," which features vocals from group newcomer Aubry Meers. Stream it below:
Inspired in part by the Postmodern Jukebox project, local hard-rock trio Liberator has launched a series of videos dubbed Liberator Presents, in which the band teams with other members of the Athens music community to cover classics and deep cuts from their favorite artists.
The last we heard from the Classic City's foremost wizard of lo-fi beatscapes, murk daddy flex, aka Terence Chiyezhan, he was bowling Athens over with the Genesis LP, which we called "a kaleidoscopic stew of hip hop beats, global style and multi-genre finesse" in our 2014 review, and which landed at No. 4 in our list of that year's best local records.
As the solo project of Athens musician Jack O'Reilly (Wieuca, Blanko), Jack's Johnson is more or less whatever O'Reilly wants it to be at the moment. Today, we're tickled pink to premiere the latest single from Jack's Johnson, the enjoyable, incorrigible "Cropduster."
Up-and-coming Athens/Atlanta three-piece WF Addams formed this spring out of the ashes of heavy/sad/epic rock group Juna, and ditches that project's sense of unresolved gloom for a somewhat more spirited, if no less reflective, approach.
Athensmade, a local nonprofit that aims to "educate, support and promote homegrown brands, entrepreneurs and creative professionals" here in town, has partnered with production company LiveSyphon to create a pilot for a web series focused on the Athens music scene.
Today, we're happy to give you a first glimpse at the project, via a video of Monsoon performing its song "Never Knows Best," which was filmed recently at Flicker Theatre & Bar.
Photo Credit: Colin Murphy
Nihilist Cheerleader has had a pretty good year. The local punk band started 2016 with a bang, releasing the stellar Truth or Dare EP in January. Then, in June, the group won Upstart of the Year at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards. Its jam-packed AthFest show was one of that event's incontestable highlights.
The Athens-music explosion during the 1980s birthed hundreds of local bands, many of which have been rendered obscure by time. Until now, pop quartet Seven Simons was one such group. The band released two albums during its initial run—1988's Clockwork and 1991's Four Twenty-Four—that were indebted both to R.E.M.'s jangle-rock sound and also the era's moodier UK alt-rock scene.
Photo Credit: Taylor Chicoine
With his Pity Party series, local videographer Taylor Chicoine has brought the Athens DIY spirit to the web, filming local and touring bands in a house-show setting and posting the clips online for all to see. In addition to the videos, Chicoine has expanded the Pity Party brand to include home recording and more.
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