Sunday, June 14, 2009

One swan song and one rebirth

A packed crowd Friday at 529 got to see the swan song of one talented Atlanta act and the rebirth of another, as Vera Fang had quite the send-off at a show that also included an appearance by the recently-reformed Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers.

I missed the first two bands, as Sleep Creeps and Great Circle played early. It's a shame, because Sleep Creeps has some mellow, female-fronted tunes on its Myspace page. Great Circle apparently is nothing but two guitarists, including Paul from Abby Go Go. I'm sure we'll all be hearing more about them in the near future.

Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers was on third, as they played only their second show of the year and their second with Joey, their new bass player. He fits the band and their classic pop sound like a glove. Even a few screw-ups toward the end of the set were not enough to derail the band's best gig in a long time. Here's hoping for more 4th Ward Daggers in the near future, and even a single or, if we cross or collective fingers, an LP.

Closing the night and their run as a band was Vera Fang. They had not played since last November or December, but they were generous enough to give their fans an official final show.

Vera Fang had a lot going their way when they were active, as they had an amazing drummer, great tunes and an art-punk sound different than every other Atlanta band. For their final set, they seemingly performed all of their songs, including songs from their Army of Bad Luck 7", "Zebra Dunn" and the last song they ever performed together, "Let's Go To Spain." The show drew a large crowd despite the rain and the G.G. King show at Wonderroot, and it'd be safe to say most everyone was glad they came out and gave Vera Fang the send-off they deserved.

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