Monday, October 29, 2012

Gun Party plays Halloween at the Earl / recording new EP with Dan Dixon

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

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  • Chad Effin
When Gun Party brought it’s BeAtlanta Halloween Fest set to a close on October 26, vocalist Mable T. Glitter announced that the group’s final song was about “God, flowers, oatmeal, and your mom.” It actually had nothing to do with any of those things, but the sentiment stands. She was also going it solo that night because Hawthorn, her brother and co-vocalist, was at home, sick with strep. Poor baby. Chandler Millwood, bassist and guitarist, was especially on spot that night, bringing a methodical and pleasantly loud live energy to the performance.

I once got stuck standing in line with Mable in the Clermont Lounge’s bathroom, before I knew who she was. I don’t know how the men’s room works, but in the women’s room there is but one stall within quite a spacious room. We had been standing there listening to drunk girls change inside for what seemed like forever when she looked at me, shook her head and shouted, “Y’all need to hurry up! There are people out here!” Then she took what must have been quite a refreshing swig of her drink. She brings that same spunk to her performances too. I’ve been a fan ever since.

I caught up with her again after the show Friday night, where she told me that they're recording an as yet untitled five-song EP. “These songs are more cohesive, and thank God, not as scatter brained,” Mable laughed.

Currently the group is in pre-production with Dan Dixon (ex-guitarist of Dropsonic, PLS PLS) and the EP is due out next year. It should be a good one. In the past, Gun Party has suffered from too many influences being in the pot. As of late the group has noticeably been trimming down the unnecessary fat on their songs, and every time I’ve seen Gun Party play over the last year, its presence on stage, and the songs themselves have grown stronger, more confidant, and most importantly, they’ve become streamlined.

Gun Party really is shaping up to be the Neville Longbottom of the Atlanta music scene. They started off goofy and messy but just wait one hot minute, and they’re going to be stunners.

In the meantime, Gun Party plays the Earl on Wed., Oct. 31 — Halloween.

With Stokeswood (performing the Talking Heads' concert Stop Making Sense in its entirety) and Jungol. $8. 8:30 p.m.

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