Frontman Fletcher C. Johnson, drummer Thomas O’Brien and bass player Todd Martin (on loan from Ex Humans) crafted catchy folk/pop/rock with psych. elements prevailing as he doubled mics for reverb-coated “boooops!” The pace of each song waned sporadically to and fro, like switching up the RPMs of a spinning record mid-song. Heavier breakdowns occasionally guided Johnson’s acoustic guitar, and they felt like second cousins of hardcore.
Hometown spook-punk darlings the Coathangers dispersed raw carrots and leafy heads on their mics, speakers and randomly on the floor before their set. Despite seriously upping the musicianship since their humble beginnings in 2006, the girls are still lighthearted. And even though the band’s latest, Larceny & Old Lace, has its share of stellar singles, older gems like “Don’t Touch My Shit” and “Nestle In My Boobies” are still the ultimate highlights of their set.
Naturally, the band was most comfortable there as the girls joked, poked and groped each other wildly while thrashing around the song’s finale.
Nobunny was nuts, as expected. The whole show is an off-the-wall spectacle spearheaded by Justin Champlin, who, as usual, wore only his bunny mask, briefs and a jacket. No shoes. For Champlin, being rambunctious and bizarre always weighs heavier than singing every lyric to every song. He refrained from lines to pose for a photographer, do a headstand, or simply turn full-circle while catching his breath.
The band delved into Gentleman Jesse’s “I Don’t Wanna Know (Where You Been Tonight)” near the end of the set — a definite surprise, but fitting since the titled track for Nobunny’s “10 “Brace Face” 7-inch segues into the tune. Champlin also sang “You Don’t Like Rock ’n’ Roll,” the irresistible jam of his on-and-off co-conspirator Seth Bogart of Hunx and His Punx.
Like Bogart, Champlin was awarded smiles and approving nods from his bandmates and onlookers while he went totally wacko. As time passes, it seems the weird, grotesque element has become charming, which shouldn’t be too much of a stretch as there is little left to shock audiences in 2011. Dropping your drawers for a full-on display of bare cheeks is only going to provoke laughs, not dropped jaws.
It’s hardly astonishing that Atlanta has become fully integrated into punk rock to the point of being a hub. It’s been in place for some time, of course, even if it’s just the East Coast sector. But still, sometimes a show, from first mic check to the abrupt last-call lights, reminds you of just how great that is.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?