You don’t want to read a play by play recount of the Atlanta Mess-Around. A bunch of scuzzy rock bands played amazing sets. Beers were imbibed. It rained, actual rain once, beer more frequently, silly string a couple times. Clothes reeked of stale beer and smoke. Amps were blown and replaced mid song. A lead singer puked mid set and soldiered on.
There was stage diving and crowd surfing and singalong songs and day drinking and secret late night sets. At one point the water main broke and no one could serve food, so everyone just kept drinking. A van was spray painted so many times that I’ll bet its gas mileage suffered. Super nerdy music conversations were overheard. Musicians played in multiple bands. There were tattoos and patches and black tee shirts and chains and studs and, well, you get the picture.
Standouts? Hank Wood and The Hammerheads. Holy. Shit. Their Friday night 2 a.m. unannounced set at 529 was mind-blowing. One of the best sets I’ve EVER seen. Insane. The Saturday set at The EARL wasn’t far behind. Wow. Just wow.
All three bands at Thursday night’s Pre Mess-Around were on point, dug Bad Spell, Illegal Drugs were great and OBN III’s are not to be missed.
The super catchy sing alongs from Barreracudas were unbelievably fun.
Predator. Menthol. Uniform. Hell, everything was pretty great.
Man, I love Atlanta Mess-Around.
Thursday night Pre Mess Around