In this week's paper, Darryl Smyers talks Athens'Dead Confederate
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Known for their hybrid mix of alt-country and post-grunge, Athens' Dead Confederate created quite a critical buzz with the release of Wrecking Ball, the band's 2008 debut full-length. That album's bipolar cacophony had many folks comparing the band to both Nirvana and My Morning Jacket.
Although that's a lot to live up to, Hardy Morris and the rest of this spirited quintet seem up for the challenge--so much so that Dead Confederate's new effort, Sugar, shies away from the beautifully jammy histrionics of the debut and actually concentrates more on the actual songs. Being holed up in a New Jersey studio during a blizzard and having recently toured with acts such as Dinosaur Jr. and The Meat Puppets may have also had an effect on Dead Confederate's compositional process.
Either way, the results are impressive. Continue reading...
Which is why we're glad the folks over at the loft have passed over a handful of tickets for use to give out to this show. Want one? Just be among the first five people to email me, starting right now, with the words "Confederacy of Dunces" in the subject line, and you're in. Good luck!
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