BURGERAMA CARAVAN OF STARS 2013
Ft. The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, & Curtis Harding
Mercy Lounge; Nashville, TN
October 9, 2013
Photos by Jake Giles Netter.
We told you guys about the Burger Records bands that crashed Mercy Lounge last week for the Burgerama Caravan of Stars tour, and we were right there jamming the eff out with you at the show. The show featured performances from The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, and Curtis Harding. After the jump, you can read a few words about the show, and check out some killer photos from Jake Giles Netter.
Perennially late, we missed Curtis Harding, but heard incredible things about him. We also heard bits and pieces of together PANGEA while caught in conversation out on the deck, and, of course, laughing at the few gawkers that made it uncomfortable for everyone with Patrick Carney hanging out in the scattered crowd. Star drummers and business conversation aside, it’s time to get in for some killer fuzz inspired rock n’ roll.
Gap Dream mooged the eff out in a fuzzed out effectlicious display that is fitting of the “dream” moniker. Gabe Fulvimar sporting a King Tuff head shot on his t-shirt, the nearly identically coiffed Fulvimar spent portions of the set psychedelically playing with vocal effect to a mesmerized head bobbing, wondering-if-they-are-seeing-Bowie-on-acid daze.
Pretty sure the acid trip from Gap Dream didn’t subside during the set change. Cosmonauts took over the stage with supreme fuzz and Jim Morrison like drone. The only saving exception from the pleasantly monotonous strumming was the occasional screeching feedback loop and a magical 12-string guitar. How am I going to get home? Wait, I’m pretty sure I’m pretty sure I was just teleported to another venue where a bad ass punk band was playing…. Nevermind, apparently I am still tripping my face off. If this helps describe it, someone next to me just said “they are like a younger hipper Black Angels, and extra points for the Joy Division guitar.” I leave the rest to you.
The Growlers channel a sixties folk vibe after smoking pot in the Southern California sun. I’m not convinced that these five dudes aren’t from East Nashville though, Brooks Neilson proudly sporting an iron-on print “Promised Land TN” t-shirt (repping the now Promised Land Sound) fits the east side hipster vibe, and with a graveled voice reminiscent of John McCauley, I’m not sure that it isn’t the return of the Deer Tick singer in disguise to Nashville. It’s a catchy, surfy, guitar riff laden party as the night comes to a close.
This show didn’t have anywhere near the attendance that it deserved, but the lucky few that were in attendance certainly got to catch some of the best that Burger Records has to offer. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the roster of Burger, do yourself a favor right now, and don’t miss out should their Caravan of Stars make it’s way back to Nashville. Those of you that are in the know will also be checking out FIDLAR (who have ties to Burger Records) tonight at Exit/IN.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the kick ass photographs from the talented Jack Giles Netter.