Tuesday, December 06, 2005

My Music Space.

ASCAP/MySpace Atlanta Showcase

Last night at Smith’s Olde Bar, by far the best place to see a local show in Atlanta, ASCAP and MySpace.com teamed up to bring the music lovers of the city four incredible bands under one roof. The opener was picked out of many entries from the hundreds of bands that are present in the local scene. Kill Gordon won the spot and showed his peers why he deserved to be on stage last night with inarguably the best performance I have seen out of them, and trust me, I’ve seen just about all of them. The sound coming from the vocal side was beautiful, the guitars and drums released a temper of rock, and the large crowd in attendance fed off the intensity and humor Kyle Gordon served them. Go to Lenny’s on December 9th to see their CD Release show, and to, most importantly, buy the CD.

The Gates of Berlin set up afterward and worked the crowd up even more. Their sound is modern and edgy, with a twist of pop that’ll get you dancing around, and you won’t even question yourself about it. It’s okay, you’re not the only one who looks stupid…the guy next to you is doing the exact same thing. They have strong use of the keyboard present in their songs that gives them a burlesque/vaudeville sound in some instances, which totally adds to the show. At the beginning, I was somewhat reminded of Jellyfish, but that faded and more rock than pop shone through towards the end, just exhibiting the range that The Gates of Berlin can move along. Check them out again on New Year’s Eve at the Drunken Unicorn.

Up next was Sovus Radio, another band I thoroughly enjoy catching now and then. I can’t say enough stellar things about their EP that entered my possession a couple months ago, and seeing them perform the songs live gets me every time. They closed with Juniper Jealous, which is quite the favorite among the females; so needless to say, the icing on the cake they made was unspoiled. Ty Thompson’s vocals were extraordinary and perfectly raspy enough to capture the psychedelic nature of the group. Exquisite performance out of these guys, as usual. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen them yet, jump on the bandwagon. You can thank me later.

Last, but of course, not least, was the interesting musical styling of A Fir Ju-Well, a band that I must say has the best little promotional items for their shows strewn around Atlanta. I think I sat on one of them while at Criminal Records one afternoon. The most fascinating part of this band’s act is the constant changing of instruments (which includes an accordion) amongst the band members. It’s rather impressive to see them literally play musical chairs throughout the entire set in between their experimental rock sounds. This is the first glimpse I’ve had of them, and I would say their style lies fairly close to that of the Flaming Lips. Naturally, you need to experience this band and their talent first hand at a live show. You can do that on New Year’s Eve at the EARL.

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