Best Band to Turn Up and Drown Out Current National Politics
Best band to turn up and drown out current national politics BOA Award Winner
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2017 » After Dark » Critics Pick
No, nobody should ignore the sinking ship that is the Trump presidency. But sometimes coming up for air, in the form of catchy protest pop (post-)punk, is what's needed to continue forging ahead. That's where ART SCHOOL JOCKS come in. With a well-crafted eponymous EP released in June via Father/Daughter Records, the foursome of scene veterans combines various influences (post-punk, Britpop, emo) with socially aware lyrics. Hit 'Just a Gwen, which garnered the group national attention via NPR, Stereogum and Mother Jones, explores and denounces the dark irony of victim-blaming culture Ñ don't dress that way, watch your drink Ñ around sexual harassment and assault. This music is the perfect salve for these hard times. www.artschooljocks.com.
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Best Band Reunion BOA Award Winner
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
It&#146;s a tie: PYLON and LOVE TRACTOR, two of Athens&#146; most influential &#146;80s new-wave bands, returned to dynamic duty this year following lengthy periods of inactivity. Both groups have an impressive canon of material, with their most enduring works released through Atlanta&#146;s DB Recs. Pylon, created in 1979, stick to the old-school Athens adage: &#147;If one of us leaves, it&#146;s not the same band anymore,&#148; and has the distinction of being the only Classic City act from the &#147;golden age&#148; to feature all of its original members. Formed in the &#146;80s, Love Tractor now consists of founding singer/guitarist Mike Richmond and a gang of relatively new recruits heard on its recently released Black Hole album. Welcome back, folks, we missed you!