EDITOR'S NOTE: Nakusa broke up just after press time, apparently. Oh well. Here's an obituary.
Lineup: Joseph Turner, Derek Wells, Brian McGhee, Nathaniel Malcolm, Richard Hunsinger. Featuring Members Of: Some Mistakes, Antpile. Influences: Funeral Diner, Portrait, Julia, Raein, Envy, Unwound, At the Drive-In.
Upon witnessing Nakusa perform, you'd be forgiven for wondering if you'd just been sucked into a time warp to the early aughts, so convincing is the group's now unimaginably earnest post-hardcore (or, yes, "screamo") steez. Nakusa actually began in 2011, but quickly went on hiatus due to "drummer issues" until recently. An EP, Buried Beneath Those Years, recently surfaced, and an upcoming digital split is planned.
Anyone who was around for the Chi-House-party days of Athens circa 2004 will be familiar with the band's sound, which blends honest, emotional songwriting with angular, aggressive musicality. Vocalist Joseph Turner is as scream-y as the genre has ever seen, which is to say he does the whole vocal cord-shredding thing quite well.
Not just a throwback act, Nakusa is one of several post-post-hardcore groups popping up around town; the resurgence may have been unexpected, but it's certainly not unwelcome. See nakusa.bandcamp.com.
Next Show: Monday, Oct. 22 @ Caledonia Lounge