Though The Trashcans did not get to play*, Friday's show at The Drunken Unicorn was fun, thanks in part to Satan's Youth Ministers' first Atlanta appearance.
Satan's Youth Ministers, a psychedelic rock group from Sheffield, Alabama, put on one Hell of a show. Though they sounded like a rock band straight from the 1960's, their songs were about relevant topics like Xanax poppers, folks who are addicted to television, and Bear Bryant, whose death in the early 1980's has not sunk in for thousands of Southerners.
Their lead singer was a Southern-fried Andy Animal, as he was a big fellow who was not afraid to stalk around on stage like a cock-rock sex symbol. He also did not mind disrobing, as he went from a polyester and mascara-wearing minister of Satan to the fourth ugliest drag queen on Ponce early in the set. As he pointed out to me after the set, when a muscular guy strips it's showing off. It's instant comedy when a chubby guy does it.
The Impulse International played second, and they were another nice surprise. Their punk and powerpop-inspired sound falls somewhere in between The Buzzcocks and The Strokes, and they really brought it on the first night of a week-long tour to promote their new Dirtnap Records CD.
Their bass player was from our sister city, Brooklyn, and he leaped around some on stage as if he was Paul Simonon. The singer and guitarist had a dinosaur tattoo, and that'd be awesome even if his band wasn't.
The Humms from Athens closed out the night. Their old-fashioned garage sound and obvious love for The Cramps were on display, as was the jiggly ass of what looked like a UGA sorority girl. For what it's worth, the dudes who came in late for the dance party that followed seemed to get more out of the dancer than the people who were there for rock and roll.
By the end of The Humms' set, the dancing girl was in her underwear, the bass player was naked and half of the audience was on stage.
The night was insane. Sadly, this insanity was seen by very few people. Fortunately, you can see The Impulse International this Saturday at The Earl with adult rock mainstay Gentleman Jesse and The Weight. Satan's Youth Ministers will bring their polyester and backwards messages back to Atlanta Sept. 12.
* I'm not going to get into what happened, as I only know one side of the story and I'd be biased toward my friends.