'Tis the season—for Slackpole! But before we let readers take over the joint and head out for our annual holiday break, here's a selection of two local videos and a brand-new song guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Punk provocateurs Kwazymoto released Limerence Land, one of our favorite local albums of the year, back in October. Now, not two months later, the group is back with yet another collection of new material: the three-song concept EP The Death of Darby Crash. (Check out the album art above.)
If you have a second, Athens musician Jace Bartet would like to speak with you about the life-altering power of the electric guitar.
If there were an award for hardest-working rock band in Athens, it'd surely go to Deep State. The pop-punk four-piece has seemingly remained on the road since releasing the excellent Thought Garden in April, and it's somehow found time to begin prepping another new LP, reportedly titled The Path to Fast Oblivion.
Athens garage-punk group Kwazymoto has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on a new full-length titled Limerance Land—the successor to last year's On Mount Rennie—which it plans to release Friday, Oct. 13.
Photo Credit: Ann Conley
Local singer-songwriter Timi Conley is perhaps best known as the founder and spiritual ambassador of the annual Wild Rumpus celebration, but Athenians also know him for his tireless exploration of the funky far reaches of pop. With Kite to the Moon and, more recently, Timi & Wonderland Rangers, Conley crafts thoughtful, ecstatic music designed to make crowds move.
Photo Credit: Annie Marcum
Local band Hand Sand Hands—the exploratory solo project of musician Jon Miller—has maintained a low profile since releasing the Flagpole fave Good Luck With That in 2014. Now, Miller is set to return with a full-length follow-up, Bad Mountain, out July 7 via Athens label Arrowhawk Records.
Photo Credit: Allie Duke
Local rock band Big Morgan formed a few years back and quickly became a favorite of the house-party set, thanks to its manic energy and appealingly goofy songwriting. Though the band's members are arguably better known for their other projects—Juan de Fuca, Trip Lacy and Mad Ace among them—Big Morgan remains an outlet for their more primal rock and roll desires.
Today, we're psyched to premiere a new Big Morgan tune, "Crater." It's from the band's upcoming debut LP, Superpunch!, out later this summer. Stream it below:
Photo Credit: Sean Dunn
Athens-based psych-rock band The Eskimos called it quits in 2002, but quietly reformed in recent years, after frontman Drew Sinclair's karaoke rendition of an ABBA tune drew rave reviews from fellow patrons at a Decatur, AL bar. Or so the band would have you believe.
Artwork by Graham Shirley.
In February, not long after President Trump was inaugurated, two area recording studios—engineer Mike Albanese's Espresso Machine in Athens and Jay Rodgers' Full Moon in Watkinsville—invited 20 local groups over for a marathon weekend-long recording session, during which the bands laid down new songs inspired by the election and its aftermath.
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