Athens Popfest Thursday: Review + Photos

I was only able to catch a few bands on Thursday at Georgia Theatre, but they were all pretty good and the lineup was a nice variety.

Red Pony Clock was one of the more interesting acts I’ve seen in a while–they were a nine piece with a xylophone and a couple of trumpets, not something you see regularly. They were a little bit disorganized (understandable with nine people on stage!) at the start of their set, but once they got on the same page, they sounded phenomenal. It was easy to get lost in their melodies and they were very reminiscent of last year’s Popfest headliners, Love Tractor.

Palehound was kind of the opposite–a messy garage rock three piece from Boston fronted by two charismatic girls (loved the bassist!).

The next act, The Gotobeds, were in the same vein–a four piece from Pittsburgh who implored the light guys to go “buttfuckingnuts” at the last song. They seemed to be having a blast, leaping around on stage, taking swigs of Maker’s Mark, and even hopping onto the speakers at the side of the stage. My favorite quote, spoken of Georgians: “you lost the war but you’re very kind.”     

The last act I caught of the night was Marshmallow Coast, formerly known as M Coast. A member of Athens darlings Elephant Six Collective, the five piece was very reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie, with soft vocals.

More photos after the jump.