What to do when your singer is proudly serving his country in Afghanistan and your band has a sweet gig at the Independents Day festival – you turn it into karaoke and invite your pals to fill in.
The George Elliot Underground is playing at 7:30pm, Saturday, on the Athens Business Remixed Stage. Filling in for the deployed Hank Zaborniak will be Jeremy Fina, Dennis Tanner, Sammy Dodge, Kevin Collins, Nathan Photos and James Allison
Just in time for the festival, GEU has released a new song which you can grab … FOR FREE … from Bandcamp.com. I’ve been catching up on Sons of Anarchy on Netflix and GEU’s “Death by Baptism” sounds like it belongs on SOA’s soundtrack. Dig it!
Not really sure of the genesis of this show but it could be the end of a weeklong celebration for The George Elliot Underground who released a new EP, Summer of Weird, earlier this week and played multiple shows in the last week or so with bands such as American Bang and The Wildbirds.
For the price (FREE … download NOW), Summer of Weird, recorded at Electraplay Studio by James Allison (Blastronauts) and Tony Stewart, is worthy of space on the iPod. At times, Summer of Weird recalls the lower NYC lower East Side hipster rock of The Strokes (“I.N.K.”), at other times there’s a retro Detroit-style garage rock sound (“Attack of the Lightening Bird Pt. 11″). My favorite, though, is the 5-minute jam “January One”, heavy with a mid-70’s Southern Rock swagger (if all the songs sounded like this, I’d love to see G.E.U. open a Skynryd/Govt Mule/Black Crowes triple bill).