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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Charges play the Highland Inn Fri., Nov. 12

Charges are playing a show at the Highland Inn Ballroom on Friday (Nov. 12). The Atlanta five-piece recently released a 4-song 7-inch EP (via ISP), titled Consequentialist Communiqué, and it's a melting pot of punk inflections. "Leave the Blade Bloody" is the opening number that wields sharp organ stabs that are synced up perfectly with pounding drums, giving the song a bold sway, and guiding the way for raspy vocal melodies before the organ goes off on a Doors-meets-the Stranglers kind of trip. "Face Time" bares the mark of a musical palette that's been shaped by the Replacements, ramped-up on post-breakup sour grapes. "Believe It" buries an Irish drunk punk slur under an old-school SST chug, and "Will You Be Mine" is a big, anthemic closer that ties it all together.

Each of these songs appeal to the working class stiff that lives in all of us, but there's more to it than three chords and shouting. These are songs crafted by men who have paid bills, lived life and been through some shit, and now they're laying it all down in song the only they know how. There's a measured approach to songwriting at work here that takes a broad view of worldly punk and boils it down to a layered, dynamic sound.

That said, Consequentialist Communiqué also has the unmistakable feel of being the group's first record. There's chemistry at work here, but it's still brewing. All signs point to something greater on the horizon.

For fans of the Stranglers, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, Pogues and the Replacements.

"Will You Be Mine" mp3

$5. 8:30 p.m. Laertes and Gun Party open. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.

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