Last Saturday night the intimate venue on Flat Shoals Avenue filled up with people that wanted to hear some good music. When the final hum of Matthew Foster’s (Bloodplums) guitar faded from their ears they left fully satisfied with what had transpired. Three local bands took the stage at the Union that night each doing their part in an all-out assault on the patrons ear holes.
Atlanta’s newest name in punk rock is the Bloodplums. The band’s live shows need to be experienced as they go balls to the wall from start to finish and Saturday was no different. As Jon Stare and T.One bombarded listeners with booming bass and drums the previously mentioned Matthew Foster contributed to the decibels with blistering guitar riffs. As the band made sure crowd members would lose a percentage of their hearing lead singer B tore through songs about social injustice, the sad state of music and anything else that pissed him off. The set list was loaded with tunes from their debut record like “Nervous Breakthrough”, “Dead Radio” and “Misfortunes Punk”. Mixed in were a couple of new tracks that expressed the bands anger to current events and a sweet cover of “Steppin’ Out” (Joe Jackson). The Bloodplums closed things out with the track “Build & Kill” which has become their go to finale. The wild rowdy song whips fans into a frenzy ending with a drop of the mic, a barrage of guitar noise and T. One chucking his kick drum into his rig before storming off stage. These dudes are old school punk playing loud music with no rules while rallying against the status quo.
Taking the stage to start the evening were NOVUS and the Durling Heath. NOVUS cranked up the amps and delivered a set of tunes that vibrated skulls. Buried deep in the sonic avalanche were well written lyrics and some damn fine guitar playing. As good as the band’s recorded music is it really explodes in person. The Durling Heath opened the evening with an impressive set. The band’s guitar-centric music was a fuzz filled soundscape that pulled from a wealth of genres as the people took in every note enjoying it from start to finish.
There is not much that beats a night of good live music and when it comes from home town bands that is even better. As developers slowly steal away the cities music venues, practice spaces and neighborhoods for the sake of the almighty dollar it is good to have bands like the Bloodplums, NOVUS and the Durling Heath fighting to keep Atlanta’s music scene alive. Go check each of these bands out you can thank me later.