More than 15 punk bands from around the state — and a few from beyond — crawl Under the Couch on Georgia Tech’s campus tomorrow for a day of sweaty pits and rowdy anthems at the Peach State Punk Fest.
The soiree of mostly regional punk/ska/thrash acts doesn’t exactly have a big name, national headliner — but who needs all that? The down-and-dirty of punk rock has always been local, community-driven bands and music.
Tunes kick-off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but set times have yet to be announced. With so many bands and the inevitable exhaustion that comes with such a long span of high-energy music, it’s worth prioritizing so you don’t miss the good stuff.
See below for a full lineup, and a few recommendations of acts that are not-to-be-missed.
Stuck Lucky (Nashville)
The Deadites (ATL)
X-Ray Vision (Columbus, Ga.)
S.S. Vendetta (Dallas, Ga.)
Canines (San Diego)
Full Net (Marietta, Ga.)
Places to Hide (ATL)
Part Of The Problem (Marietta, Ga.)
Times Square Timebomb (Cumming, Ga.)
Stamped 86 (Henry County, Ga.)
Collapse Generation (Covington, Ga.)
Eastern Division (Marietta, Ga.)
Dot 22 (Cumming, Ga.)
Dag Nation (Suwanee, Ga.)
With a freshly-pressed full-length, 'Their Them,’ Nashville’s Stuck Lucky makes the trek back to town to deliver their signature blend of ghoulish skacore. Their music tends to be hard, fast, and loud — pretty much everything punk and the like is about — with a live presence to boot.
It’s hard to find a video to do justice to the Disregardables sound, but the band of ATL locals tends to bring the live-show thunder. When the guys opened for the Community Records summer tour at WonderRoot a few months back, singer James Jackson rolled his ankle on their very first song — causing his foot reach cantaloupe proportions when it started to swell — but never missed a beat.
S.S. Vendetta and Star Wars. For whatever reason, I can’t get enough of their ska-laddened version of the Cantina Song. At Dragon*Con it killed. Yell loud enough and maybe they’ll play it.
I’ve never seen the interstellar stylings of Cosmoscope live, but that’s about to change. Their studio recordings come across polished and well-rounded, pulling in elements of west coast and '90’s punk ironed out with a hefty dose of melodic vocals. It’s a combo rarely heard from bands calling Atlanta home. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint.
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