New Madrid, Bobby's Shorts, Son & Thief, Big Morgan

AthFest Presents

New Madrid

Bobby's Shorts

Son & Thief

Big Morgan

Fri, June 23, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10.00 - $22.00

New Madrid
New Madrid
Compact in some ways, yet expansive,” is how New Madrid's Phil McGill describes their new album. magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown Records) takes a wide swath of influences ranging from the guitar tangle of Television and the tripped-out introspection of Yo La Tengo, to the angular experimentation of Can and the harmonic bath of Magical Mystery Tour; and combines them into something entirely unique.
magnetkingmagnetqueen has it all. The album reveals New Madrid’s evolution and collective growth, resulting in the band’s most complete work to date. “Don’t Hold Me Now” is like Pylon channeling the pre- Tommy Who. “Untitled III” is a pint-sized epic, with several movements in a three-minute window. On the other end is the dark, monolithic stomp of “Guay Lo” and the dirge-like march of “Shades.” Bringing it all together are centerpieces like “Summer Belles” and “Darker Parts,” songs with an undeniable pop sensibility that go through the looking glass and emerge as the sonic amoeba well known to fans of New Madrid’s live performances.
magnetkingmagnetqueen was made with engineer/producer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands) in two primary locations. The group started out recording at Dogwood Lodge, the site of an unused summer camp on Lake Chickamauga in a large, open room with mobile recording gear over a week in the summer of 2015. More recording and mixing was done at Barbe’s Athens, GA studio, Chase Park Transduction with additional recording at New Madrid’s home base, The Barn.
New Madrid formed in the fall of 2010, and shortly after was approached by Barbe, who invited them to his studio to record their first full-length album, Yardboat. It happened fast. Inspired, they finished in three days.
Signing with Normaltown/New West Records, the band released their sophomore album, Sunswimmer in 2014. A live EP, Dawn Teeth Rattling, was released in 2015.
Since then the band has toured consistently across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, they live together in The Barn (a literal barn located in the agrarian outskirts of Athens) constantly working on new ideas.
Bobby's Shorts
Bobby's Shorts
Members of Furturebirds playing Grateful Dead Songs.
Son & Thief
Son & Thief
Son & Thief is a post-garage band that emerges from the Athens indie rock
scene, re-inspired with the restless mind’s sensibilities. In the years leading
up to the group’s formation, singer Shane Toriscelli crafted a number of
works with the sole purpose of chronicling his very human experiences.
During the fall of 2014, Toriscelli forged Son & Thief as the vessel that
would house these songs. Soon, Shane sought out the abilities of guitarist
and friend Deane Lawton, whose quiet vibrant style fleshed perfectly within
Son & Thief’s vast atmosphere.
Drawing on the impressions of bands such as Bon Iver, Wilco, Valley
Maker, and Beach House, Son & Thief’s variable style recounts the inner
monologues of a man unearthing his own wisdom. He pleads for honest
understanding and affection through navigating young love. He speaks with
biting veracity and sobering mindfulness. He sings with haunting innocence
that shepherds a rhythm section with ebb and flow that is brilliant and
warm. This results from the band’s attention to tone and soundscape,
affording them unique aural maturity and sonic range.
Refreshingly forthright, Son & Thief is complete in intention. They are
humble, distinguished, and compellingly relatable, all at once.
Big Morgan
Big Morgan
Venue Information:
40 Watt Club
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601