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Friday, May 27, 2011

Bukkake Boys and Nazi Dust bring it. Fans don't

Perdition at the Archive Gallery
  • Perdition at the Archive Gallery

I always feel nervous at punk shows. It's not that I'm unfamiliar with the scene or anything. It's that I'm a scrawny, glasses-wearing writer, and I spend the night in perpetual fear that when the pit gets too rowdy, I'll be punched in the face by a large, well-muscled guy known only as "The Bear."

And yet, last night at the Archive Gallery, I didn't have to live with this fear. Mostly because few people seemed interested in moving at all. During the set by Atlanta's least Google-able band Bukkake Boys, the only people interested in singing, dancing, moshing, or otherwise signaling signs of life were two very drunk girls that went around pushing bystanders in what I suppose was some sort of joke. It's sad, because the band played an a awesomely intense set and deserved a better response.

As the night went on, things got a bit more lively, but never totally picked up. Fantastically heavy bands Nazi Dust and Crazy Spirit blew through their short sets too fast. That's the problem in seeing bands that only release small seven inches; bands run through material way too fast. Still, while they occasionally received the sing-alongs and pile-ons they deserved, even headliner Perdition had to work to engage fans, despite their absolutely crushing set.

The Archive Gallery is a great new venue with a rough but slightly polished aesthetic. Including the bar in the show space allows a nice amount of seating for patrons that don't want to stand the whole time. I just wish that at future shows more people come forward for the music. After all, you're seeing a thrash-punk band named Volcanic Slut, not Grizzly Bear.

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