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20 most hated ATL bands, rappers, guilty pleasures, and electro douches — and why we love them 

A totally scientific, improbably irrefutable, fair and objective survey with which you will most certainly disagree

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Atlanta's Most Hated No. 20: Gun Party

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"WTF kinda music is this? I don't fucking get this ether its like bellydancer nu-metal or something?" — "MATH4EVA," Crib Notes


If you've never had your cap peeled by Gun Party, consider yourself blessed. The band's dueling brother-sister vocal combo — Mable and Hawthorn T. Glitter — creates an awkward sexual tension on stage that's borderline incestuous at times. But the most unsettling thing about the slick and twisted alt-rock ensemble is Special TV Microwave Computer, a debut album practically devoid of logical musical references. Mix gypsy-metal riffage with schmaltzy Los Angeles glam and you get a theatrical vibe that reeks of overly confident swagger. The signals are woefully mixed, which hits at the heart of the matter: Gun Party has zero grasp on the aesthetic it's trying to hone, and the dilemma is only underscored by virtue of the bedroom eyes exchanged on stage.


Unfortunately, there is no grace period when it comes to the severity of criticism a prepubescent band receives. Still, it seems unfair to harpoon Gun Party — a group that's barely been playing together two years — for having yet to reach full maturation. Although Gun Party's steez is a bit convoluted, the group exemplifies the nature of a burgeoning Atlanta band attempting to craft an identity in the post-Internet era by blasting through influences as quickly as one scrolls through Facebook status updates. Beneath its strange, all-inclusive brew of alt-rock, neo-pop, and dance floor strut lie the telltale signs of a new musical dynamic. What is often perceived as a lack of aesthetic in the group's sound is the aesthetic. They don't suck, they're just ahead of the curve. — Chad Radford

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