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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Golden Pelicans grab punk spotlight at Wonderroot

Golden Pelicans drummer Rich Evans
Orlando's Golden Pelicans are one of many out of town bands that passed through Atlanta over the weekend on their way to SXSW, making a stop at Wonderroot on Sat., March 9 for a night of Southeastern punk.

The show was booked by Scavenger of Death Records, continuing a working partnership between Atlanta and Orlando punks: Scavenger of Death co-owner Ryan Bell has recorded Golden Pelicans in the past, and the Orlando band's drummer, Rich Evans, released the most recent G.G. King 7-inch last year on his Total Punk imprint.

Since Barreracudas and Dino's Boys were co-headlining a stacked bill at the Star Bar that same night, the show started early. Sharps opened, and the former Siamese Twins' energetic, slightly discordant sound set the tone for the night. Up next was Predator, a local trio that, coming off a long hiatus, seems more focused than ever. Their bevy of awesome new material paired with each member's place in recent Atlanta punk history has them carrying the torch in 2013 for what you could call the Rob's House era of local underground rock music. That is not to say that Predator's act is old hat, as the band's sound fits well with new blood like Manic while still evoking fond memories for those who were around to see Frantic and Beat Beat Beat.

Golden Pelicans headlined with a set of no-frills, no-gimmicks=needed punk rock. The Orlando scene vets feature former members of the Slippery Slopes, including frontman Erik Grincewicz and Evans, who also runs Florida's Dying Records. Grincewicz was as charismatic a rock and roll singer and performer as anyone the audience saw Saturday night, which is saying something since most went to the Star Bar afterwards to see Adrian Barrera front the Barreracudas and Danny Song and Chase Tail split vocal duties for Dino's Boys.

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