Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Georganne" is Balkans' most polished offering to date

Artist: Balkans
Title: Balkans Play "Georganne"
Label: Double Phantom Records
Release date: May 2010

Balkans are back with more slightly surfy,somewhat psychedelic rock and roll, and this time they sound way more polished than before.

A-siders "Bill Spills" and "Leopard Print" bring the surfy, punk influenced sound of earlier Balkans offerings and really showcase Stanley's badass drumming and Frankie's mellow yet mighty vocals.

The title track and b-side, "Georganne", has the same hypnotic effect as a Jacuzzi Boys song, but instead of sounding like my favorite Miami trio this sounds more like really heavy, punk-influenced shoegazing music.

Like numerous Atlanta bands before them, including their tourmates Predator, this group's willingness to play out often has translated into a more polished unit capable of writing and recording songs that top their earlier output. Bringing in one of the city's unsung talents in The N.E.C.'s Cyrus Shahmir ro record and mix this 7" helped the band's cause, as well.

Check these young guys out if they pass through your town this summer. Here's some upcoming shows, including dates for their brief East Coast tour with Predator:

May 29 - Atlanta - Spring 4th Teen Party w/ Predator, Tom P Atlanta
May 30 - Athens - Farm 255 w/ Predator, Bambara
May 31 - Columbia - New Brookland w/ Predator, Mercy Mecry Me
June 2 - Philidelphia - Danger Danger w/ Predator, Power Animal
June 3 - Brooklyn - Bruar Falls w/ Predator, K-Holes
Jun 5 - Brooklyn - Union Pool w/ Predator, The Stalkers
Jun 6 - Brooklyn - Death By Audio w/ Predator, So So Glos
Jun 8 - Nashville - Glen Danzig's House w/ Predator, Canonmen
Jun 9 - Montgomery - Trap House w/ Predator, Shining Path
Jun 10 - Mobile - Alabama Music Box w/ Predator
Jun 11 - Atlanta - Wells Street Warehouse w/ Predator Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 21 - Atlanta - Goat Farm Fest w/ All the Saints, NEC, Hawks + MORE
Sept 25 - Atlanta - High Museum of Art w/ Back Pockets, Phonepunk

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