The Atlanta Mess-Around's Facebook page announced Friday evening that the Middle Class "had to back out because of illness." Guitarist Mike Atta, one of three brothers who formed what some call the first American hardcore band in 1977, has been battling cancer since 2010. There is an online fundraising campaign to help cover some of Atta's medical costs and money lost due to time away from his Fullerton, Calif., vintage shop, named Out of Vogue in honor of the Middle Class' best-known song and E.P.
Their replacement, the Clone Defects, was formed in 1998, had its first two singles recorded by Jack White, and helped launch the underground rock career of Human Eye and Timmy's Organism frontman and, in a perfect world, cooking show host Timmy Vulgar. The addition of the Clone Defects adds more Detroit flavor to the lineup, which already included Motor City garage contemporaries The Go.
This is the second year in a row Mess-Around organizers have had to call a more recent act back into action to replace a legendary group that dropped off the bill. In 2012, the Carbonas reunited to headline the final night of the festival after the New Bomb Turks had to cancel.
Here's how the lineup stands following this change and the recent addition of Nashville rockers the Ettes, who were already going to have members in town playing with Parting Gifts and JP5:
Day One at 529:
Night One at The Earl:
Natural Child Family Band
Day Two at 529:
A Giant Dog
Buck Biloxi & The Fucks
Night Two at The Earl:
Sunday Brunch at The Earl:
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