Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Running" wavering avant garde post punk by ATL synth trio Shouldies

The wavering avant garde post punk track Running by the Atlanta (GA) synth trio Shouldies feels like one of those weird midnight madness movies at that one cinema downtown that shows askew movies and whose  pi├Ęces de r├ęsistance is David Lynch's "Eraserhead". Those events, those movies are experiences that broker complex emotions. You might leave not liking it even but being changed nonetheless after experiencing it. Those artistic endeavors, listening, seeing, feeling artifices that are unsteady like shifting drunken sands are worth it because abnormality is what fuses what is normal and sometimes what is the conventional normal is anything but. 

Yancey Ballard, John Pierce, and Daniel Eberlein create these other worlds. Eberlein and Pierce on stage, can be seen creating alluring synthscapes for Ballards self aware vox. Ballard recently commented on Atlanta’s deceptively close proximity to homophobia and transphobia in Kerrang!

“A lot of the time, it’s a fight to be heard because it’s not ‘as dangerous’ as it is outside [Atlanta’s perimeters]. People don’t care about micro aggressions. People don’t care about discomfort. People care less than they should about full-on aggression because at least it’s ‘safer’ here. ‘At least it happens less’. ‘It could be worse’.”

Running is the second single from the ATL synth punk trio's debut full-length, out March 22. The song is about the Trans experience in the South. The pulsating synth I thought a bit of The Normal and their track Warm Leatherette (1978) and Bauhaus. Step into the fray, don't be afraid.

Robb Donker

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