One of this decade's best Atlanta bands and three of the best new bands on the scene celebrated the memory of B. Jay Womack Saturday while raising funds for his burial, as The Carbonas headlined an all-day 4th of July festival at 529.
Before the show kicked off, Warren and Mark grilled out and several folks, including trash-talking Jeff Clark from Stomp N Stammer, took turns sitting in the dunk booth. The dunk booth was probably the best attraction at the carnival, and it was made even more amusing by Tuk's comedic play-by-play. The early festivities drew a nice crowd, which continued to grow until it was time for the first band to take the stage.
The Barreracudas opened, and they are The Hiss with a new sense of direction, so you can't go long there. They played songs from their debut Douchemaster 7" and also that wacky tune about chomping on dog biscuits and Alpo.
Chatting with the growing crowd caused me to accidentally miss almost all of The Customers set, but what I did hear was on par with the quality they bring live and brought to the studio when they recorded their debut 7".
Predator was awesome, and the sooner their anticipated debut LP is on my turntable, the better. They need to record their current batch of songs if they haven't already and hit the road again. ASAP.
The main event was The Carbonas, who likely played their last show until at least next summer. They played a long set with songs culled from all of their albums, including a tune from Scene Killers that was penned by B. Jay. Jeremy took the stage and gave Chris Van Etten a breather about halfway through the set, which was a nice surprise. The crowd was totally into it from the first chord until the end of "Frothing At the Mouth," as it was the rowdiest Atlanta crowd I had seen since The Carbonas played The Mess Around at The Earl last fall. Quality-wise, Saturday was the second best Atlanta performance by The Carbonas of the past couple of years, with the before-mentioned Mess Around set being their best by far. If Atlanta does not get to see these guys play together again, they left us on a strong note.