When asked why they were patting themselves on the back with a festival celebrating their collective rosters of punk and garage rock back in November 2008, the owners behind Atlanta labels Douchemaster, Rob's House and Die Slaughterhaus unanimously barked, "Why the hell not?" No one else would do it for them, so the Mess-Around was born as a reason to get a bunch of bands together for one big blowout. All three labels had built up a lot of steam within the local music scene, and they were striking while the iron was hot. But things have changed since then. Rob's House moved to New York and Die Slaughterhaus releases have become as elusive as Sasquatch sightings. Atlanta's indie music scene has changed, and as the second Mess-Around draws near, it feels less like a victory lap than it does a drunken family reunion.
Fri.-Sat., April 23-24. $5 per day at 529. 4 p.m. www.529atl.com. $15 per night at the Earl. 8 p.m. www.badearl.com. Check out www.clcribnotes.com for a primer on all of the acts playing the Mess-Around.
"When you operate a small label, you're proud of everything and you never stop being flattered when people give a damn about what you're doing," says Douchemaster Records owner Bryan Rackley. "You develop a patriarchal attitude about the people that let you release their records, and Mess-Around is a chance for us to get our 'kids' together so we can gloat and be proud."
(Photo by John Rosewall)
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