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Calendar Pick: Deaf Condors EP Release

Credit Sarah Haynes and Zach Batson

Almost There, the upcoming EP from local band Deaf Condors, stretches sonically and thematically across a lot of territory. The band is fronted by brothers Bob Jesus and Darrick Alvarez, who previously focused on their Peruvian heritage in their music, but for this EP decided to unpack more personal experiences. Its five-song run includes a pulsing and punchy opener about music scene gatekeepers, a two-part reflection on letting go, a screamer about a local slumlord and finally a musing on the will of the human race set against a ‘60s psychedelic soundscape. Deaf Condors took full advantage of the rich Athens music scene for this project, utilizing the talents of several other local musicians to create its genre-bending rock songs, which pull from a variety of surprising influences including Latin music, the songwriting of folk musician Leonard Cohen, reggae and hip hop. The album began production in 2021 at The Glow Recording Studio with Ian Hemerlein of experimental noise punk band Kwazymoto. Other local talents were folded in along the way, including blues musician Grayson Hauser on occasional lead guitar (who will also be joining the brothers on stage for the EP release show) and Adam Hebert of Dim Watts, Infinite Favors and Hunger Anthem on bass. Local bands Parking Garage and Johnny Falloon will be opening the show.

WHO: Deaf Condors, Parking Garage, Johnny Falloon
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show)
WHERE: Buvez