Flagpole Premieres: Georgia Dish Boys, ‘Birds So Blue’

Athens band Georgia Dish Boys’ sound is familiar yet unorthodox, a viscous blend of alt-country twang, noise-rock squall, outsider folk and Southern gothic allure. On last year’s Get Gone, the group led with massive rock hooks and showcased frontman Seth Martin’s laryngitic yowl.

The band is set to return Dec. 6 with Nine Song Movie, an album recorded by engineer Chris Byron in a single seven-hour session back in April. Today, we’re pleased to premiere the new album’s first single, the tattered ballad “Birds So Blue,” which finds the Boys exploring a steadier sound that deftly blends their many musical personalities.

“It’s a love song to town,” says Martin of the tune. “I grew up a couple counties over in Graniteville, and we used to come to Athens all the time. I always wanted to live here. Now, I do.”

Stream “Birds So Blue”:


  • AthFest is Canceled This Year as Coronavirus Spreads

    As the coronavirus continues to spread illness and unease throughout Georgia and the U.S., Athens suffers a significant cultural and economic blow as organizers have announced the cancellation of...
  • Five Acts to See at Ad·Verse Fest

    With an eclectic approach that mines the space between music, visual and performance art, Ad·verse Fest features an exciting, queer-centric lineup of scrappy newcomers and more road-tested acts, many...
  • Shane Parish & Sean Dail

    With the innovative North Carolina band Ahleuchatistas, guitarist Shane Parish pushed the boundaries of the early-’00s math-rock scene by incorporating international influences, as well as a healthy dose of...
  • Ruston Kelly, Valley Queen

    Specializing in a twangy, earnest brand of Americana he famously dubbed “dirt emo” in 2018, singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly made good on the term’s promise last year with the release...