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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sovus Radio relaunches at the Earl this Saturday

Before going on hiatus in 2009, Sovus Radio was at the forefront of Atlanta's psych-shoegaze movement alongside the likes of All the Saints, Gringo Starr, the NEC, and Abby Gogo, reviving a dormant din of vibrant dirges and kaleidoscopic effects. The band's elevated take on druggy, Velvet Underground-inspired raga rock and vibrant psychedelics a la the Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev has been sorely missed, leaving a void in the garage rock and punk space occupying Atlanta's indie music scene. But in the four years since near-radio silence, the quartet - which still consists of Chris Kauffman (bass), Ty Thompson (guitar and vocals), Spencer Pope (guitar and organ), and Jay Royals (drums) - the band hopes to continue as a functioning entity and eventually release its mostly-recorded debut never died. Sovus' members now return to the stage for only the fourth time since January 2011 with plans to kick-start activity and raise funds for a proper vinyl release of their debut LP Hello, Sovus Radio. As Kauffman explains, "There is more freedom to get weird and try new things. We are doing this for no other reason but to have a lot of fun and to extend our long history of playing together."

If all goes well, Sovus intends to finally release the dormant LP and venture directly into writing and recording - even releasing - a second LP.

Sovus Radio, Soft Opening, and Factory play the Earl on Sat., Aug.31. $7. 9 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta.

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