When Gary Lindsey high-tailed it out of Atlanta in 2002, he made a clean break from the late-night bar scene that had become an obstacle for the brawny singer and frontman of such post-hardcore local acts as Knuckle (featuring Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders) and Four Hour Fogger (featuring Mastodon's Sanders and guitarist Brent Hinds).
First Lindsey landed in Phoenix, then L.A., and finally Austin, Texas. Along the way he picked up a gig fronting Hank III's metalcore outfit, AssJack, which has kept him on the road since 2005. In the meantime, he nurtured a new persona, dubbed Black Eyed Vermillion, which is less of a band than a character. It's also a wry, vaudevillian reinvention of his voice, ravaged by so many years of screaming his lungs out.
In the past, Lindsey's nasal-high, grinding inflections were modeled after Bad Brains vocalist H.R. and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. These days there's a bit more gravel in his throat. "People will inevitably make Tom Waits comparisons," he says, "but I think of it more as Captain Beefheart meets Dewey Cox." Lindsey laughs while explaining Black Eyed Vermillion's mythology: He's the product of a one-night stand between a jackal and an unemployed circus freak that was raised by a tribe of Buddhist street sweepers. "I like to describe it as Louis Armstrong getting the shit kicked out of him by Black Flag."
Decide for yourself when Black Eyed Vermillion plays the Earl on Sun., Nov. 6.
Last Friday, on the same night that Kanye West and Jay-Z kicked off their Watch the Throne tour in Atlanta, local indie hip-hop statesman Eddie "Cappuccino" Meeks unveiled "Flush the Throne," the title track for a new EP that Meeks says is "not only a statement, [but] a movement." The four-song digital EP which drops next week balances real MCing with a message and comedy. "I wanted to make sure I dropped the title track no later than the opening night of Hova and Yeezy's tour in ATL in hopes that someone would play it for them while Yeezy was putting on his leather skirt," Meeks says.
Five months have passed since melodic rock 'n' rollers the Pinx played a show. The group breaks its hiatus on Sat., Nov. 5 to play the revamped stage at the Highland Inn with new bassist Matt Tanner of Stone Rider.
NEW RELEASES: On Oct. 25, MC MarQ Spekt of Broady Champs released a new album via Bandcamp, titled Machete Vision, produced by Kno of CunninLynguists. Mirror Mode a new collaboration between Allen Taylor (Feast of Violet) and Dan Wakefield (Ominous Castle) posted some new demos to Soundcloud in October. Keep your eyes peeled for a new EP to follow in the coming weeks. COPS, featuring members of GG King and Gentleman Jesse, has a demo cassette floating around town that includes a badass cover of Christian Death's "Spiritual Cramp." And Parallax, the third LP from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox's Atlas Sound project, arrives Nov. 8 on 4AD.
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