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August 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm$10
You want to meet a nice band and fall in love, but in the busy living of life on this planet, who’s got the time? That’s why there’s Quickfest! Your chance to speed date the best of the Atlanta underground music scene. Five excellent, eligible bands. Five songs each. All vying for your affection. Quickly.
In one night you’ll see the best of The Soogs, Paul Melancon & The New Insecurities, Lord High Admirals, ambulette and LoUd HuMaNs! And some other surprises!
But who can put a price on love? We can. It’s $10. See you there.
The Soogs have been playing their special brand of alterna-indie-slop rock in and around Atlanta on and off for almost forever. And they’re starting to get good at it. Described as “The Pixies meet The Partridge Family,” their recent album “Bully” solidified their status as oddly twisted, underground scene darlings. They enjoy long walks on the beach, romantic candle-lit dinners,and they will not try to have sex with you on the first date. The Soogs love you.
Paul Melancon plays music. Literate, moody, indie-pop music. Graced with an unusually gifted voice and a knack for writing well-crafted pop songs hiding disturbed and defective characters inside, his tools are the bittersweet melody, lyrical depth, and sardonic wit found in fellow artists such as Michael Penn, Neil Finn and Elvis Costello. When whipped into a frenzy, he can shake and pop like a drunk Nick Lowe. He’s released three critically acclaimed CDs (not the press kit kind of acclaim, he’s a genuine critical darling): Two solo (Slumberland on M Records and Camera Obscura on Daemon Records) and one with The Arts and Sciences (Hopeful Monsters, also on Daemon). His third solo CD is due in 2018. He’s toured with the Indigo Girls, played International Pop Overthrow four times (LA, Boston and Atlanta), Music Midtown (Atlanta), and SXSW. Paste says he’s “in a category with the most talented of indie-pop singer-songwriters.” Backed by the shamefully talented New Insecurities, you will be helpless against their musical super powers.
Lord High Admirals is a relatively new Atlanta band that careens from full-on rockers to poignant ballads and everything in-between. The band’s debut self-titled record, released in April 2018, was described in Blurt Magazine as a “subversive gem,” featuring “clever lyrical wordplay and a delightful melodic sensibility.” Someone once said, “they are impossible not to love.” Someone was absolutely right.
ambulette are an Atlanta-based post-punk five-piece electrified by the peril of These Modern Times. ambulette’s sound is built on raw and complex vocal interplay, guitar vocabulary that joins angular lines to fluid leads, and a rhythm section unabashedly equal parts Pavement and prog. Likened to Television and Wire, with touches of Sandanista! and Wild Gift, ambulette features an amalgam of musicians who cut their teeth on rock, alt country, pop, punk and noise: Atlanta veterans Matt Brown (Uncle Green/3 Lb. Thrill), Jonny Daly (Jackson County Line), Lee Kennedy (Michelle Malone), Lee Wiggins, and San Francisco emigre, Halley O’Malley. Their first album is coming in early 2019.
LoUd HuMaNs are a trio of veteran Atlanta musicians playing angular, noisy pop for the discerning music aficionado. They don’t care that their name is hard to type. They’re living on the edge. They can’t be stopped. They wanna know what love is. They want you to show them.