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ATLANTA'S MOST HATED NO. 19: The Constellations

Atlanta's barroom bad boys Occupy the mainstream


MAJOR SHADE

"... they are really bad yet people shit themselves over that band for some reason." — "AmJam," Creative Loafing


HATERADE

Because that damn song "Felicia" is still stuck in your head. But, seriously. Bursting on the scene with their 2010 Virgin debut, Southern Gothic, Atlanta's Constellations enjoyed limited radio success and a flurry of press release-replicating write-ups from the glossier rags. Yet substance was all but absent from the group's scatterbrained, soul-inflected tunes, which attempted to bridge the canyon between mindless party anthems and penetrating social commentary to oft-embarrassing effect. This year's Do It For Free was the requisite sophomore outing wherein the Constellations got all serious. Released (i.e., dropped) from the artistic constraints of the dreaded Major Label, the band affected a focus on the heftier thematic side of its double-edged music but betrayed its true nature with some seriously lightweight musical constructs and the most ridiculous Tom Waits impression this side of the Mississippi.


PLAYERADE

Let's be honest: The Constellations are mainstream drivel, but it's a breezy, nostalgic sort of mainstream drivel - something straight off of the 99X playlist circa 1996. The band's music feels honest in a way most doesn't. These folks care equally about partying and politics, and why shouldn't they be able to express that with a cheesy, smoky organ solo? Frontman Elijah Jones put his money where his mouth is with his outspoken presence at last year's Occupy Atlanta (I sure don't remember hearing about any other big-name Atlanta musicians hanging out at Woodruff Park). And the band's balance actually makes some sort of slanted sense — sometimes, a mindlessly funky party jam is exactly what you need to hear to divert your thoughts from the mounting horrors of everyday American living. But the main reason to love these guys is that, despite their MOR tendencies, they're actually quite unique among Atlanta acts. In an age where even the most utilitarian pop music masquerades as "indie" for marketing purposes, the Constellations make no bones about their style or their audience. Haters gonna hate, but there's something refreshing about a band that operates with such disregard for the trends of the day. Godspeed, Constellations. Keep on doin' your thing — even if it ain't my thing. — Gabe Vodicka

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