“This song goes out to anyone making a statement.”
Saturday night at The Dream Operator turned out not just to be a fun party, but also a great showcase of some the best punk and hard rock Athens has to offer.
Starting out the night was Brooklyn, NY seven-piece Ava Luna. They played a short set of spastic funk rhythms, synth flourishes, and girl group harmonies. They might be what the Dirty Projectors would sound like if the Dirty Projectors weren’t so terrible. They’re sound didn’t really fit in with the rest of the bands that night, but they still put on a great show.
The next band to play was relatively new local band Cold Ones. They were extremely loud and raucous with good stage banter, in other words, a lot of fun. They’re set was unfortunately really short, but you can get your Cold Ones fix by going to their page and downloading their free demo.
The third band to play (and my personal favorite of the night) was The Agenda! They played a great set of fun, danceable punk tunes with a few covers thrown in (I just about lost my mind when they started to play Rebel Girl), and their singer performed with the swagger and confidence of Mick Jagger, running through the crowd and gyrating on the floor. Really, really great stuff.
Next was Marriage. They played to a crowd packed into a tiny room with little space to breathe, but that didn’t stop them from tearing it up. They played fast punk tunes with metal breakdowns with some impressive guitar work for good measure. The crowd was especially rowdy making the floor feel like it was about to break through. Another awesome show.
The final set came from Athens legends Cinemechanica and what a set it was. They played in the largest room of the house and filled it up easily. The crowd was also the craziest of the night. A couple guys crowdsurfed and the guy next to me had to block guitarist’s pedals to keep them from being stepped on. This was all for good reason though, the band played a great set of their intricate mathcore songs. A great finale to an already great night.