Once again, an amazing show sticks out above all others as the 7 Inch Atlanta show of the year.
This blog started in May 2008, and by the time show reviews became the norm, the first night of the inaugural Atlanta Mess-Around set the bar. Out-of-towners like Wax Museums and Baby Shakes and local vets in The All-Night Drug Prowling Wolves shared the bill with scene mainstays The Gaye Blades (featuring Bobby Ubangi) and Carbonas. As if the bill was not stacked enough already, our faithful local record labels delivered The Spits.
On that night, The Carbonas were everything we knew they could be, whipping the crowd into a ruckus and inspiring Chris Van Etten to throw down his bass and leap into the crowd at set's end.
Less than a year later, on Independence Day 2009, The "on-hiatus" Carbonas reformed to play what was meant to be a benefit for the living expenses of Bobby Ubangi three days after one of the band's founders lost a lengthy battle with cancer. Was this Carbonas set, which featured a guest appearance by pre-Jesse bass player Jeremy Thompson, as good as the Mess-Around? No. But it was fitting they closed out a concert that brought a lot of grieving friends and some of Atlanta's newest and best punk bands together. Also on the bill that night were The Barreracudas, Predator, and The Customers. This show, which raised funds for Ubangi's burial, was the last in a long line of "Bobby Ubangi Preservation Society" shows, as the scene really pulled together time and time again for one of its favorite sons.
A distant second in the Show of the Year argument was 7 Inch Atlanta's first, and likely last, chance to cover a Mika Miko show.