Irrelevant Fest kicks off on July 17, providing a boastful array of local favorites and DIY icons. The community-celebrated festival has gone from five to four days of music this year, but the loss of one day doesn’t get close to affecting the full-fledged lineup of artists. Check out our fine print picks and get ready to get down Irrelevant Fest style.
Atlanta’s Harmacy doesn’t need a consensus on what categorizes hardcore punk. After releasing Harmacy/Piss Shy back in Fall 2018, the band has continued to create a disorienting whirl of “off the wall” noise that aids to the personal listening experience, punching through the defense of formative thoughts. Even with a compact amount of recordings released since 2017, Harmacy’s track listing is notable through quality over quantity, mixing hardcore wailing to increase expression with psychedelic guitar twangs. Bellowing “Everybody wants to be” off the squalling track “Be” is addicting to sing along to, growing in soul and brawl power of feverish intensity.
Groovy dance hall tracks will never lose their taste, as musicians continue to add their own personal flair to up the standards of the genre. Atlanta’s dance music mavens, Dot.s, created “Evil Lines,” the group’s first release since 2017’s Down Goes the Elephant, transporting listeners into a funky, groove-able vacation of sound. Dot.s doesn’t just create dance music, but have added its own twist on techno beats and multi-faceted visuals. With a refreshing collection of tracks, the band has been busy all of 2019 it seems, from dropping releases, to music videos, to touring around the states. Don’t blink an eye: The future is bright for Dot.s.
Make room for the queens: Hip-hop duo The Queendom are about to show East Atlanta Village how they reign. Made up of Rhonnie O'Neal and Audia Da Sound, these Atlanta natives have create a sound all their own since joining forces in July 2016, delving inspiration from surrounding neighborhoods to fill their tracks with grit and pure rawness. In light of its upcoming album release, Queen-Shit Era, The Queendom’s second single “Duty” released back in May 0f 2018 alongside an entrancing music video mixed with traditional elements of African culture with ultramodern dressing for that high status queen feel. Through skillful songwriting and production, O’Neal and Sound combined make a marvelous team.
Night Cleaner, a band on the roster of Decatur’s record label, Geographic North, released their pleasantly-dense, post-punk LP Even in January, 2018. Although the album is a brief 18-minutes, there is no shortage of content to unpack. The mastermind behind the project, Matthew Lambert, has crafted dark soundscapes that sit low in your gut, with buzzing, bass-riddled synth. Each track is an atmosphere, ranging from the gothic sound of opening track, “Forty” to the warmer -- yet no less mysterious -- guitar-driven “Privacy Light.” Skirting the line between post-punk and dark synth-pop, Night Cleaner is doing something experimental that contrasts much of what we see in the Atlanta music scene. Joining Irrelevant Fest for the opening reception on July 17, 2019, they are presenting volume 5 of their residency at East Atlanta’s 529.