Embodying the raucous culture of the East Atlanta Village arts scene, Chick Wallace made its debut in 2017, with the self-titled EP, Chick Wallace. The pop-punk four-piece seems to have been included in every EAV lineup since then, and, now, Chick Wallace is sharing a new collection of briny tunes, with the release of Salt.
The EP places mental health at the forefront of Chick Wallace’s conversation, punctuated by distorted instrumentation and Melanie Paulos’ assertive vocals. Listeners confront the Salt’s emotional peak head on, with opener “Arms.” The strident track is an open conversation between Paulos and Bipolar disorder. “It influences a lot of the way I have to live and create honestly. The ups and downs of having the disorder feels like a contract I didn’t mean to sign, sometimes, and I tend to disassociate from it,” Paulos says.
The EP arrives with an accompanying video for the title track, “Salt.” Animated by Jason Potak, the song’s visuals morph sketches of everyday life with video game images. “‘Salt’ is about people that dissolve into whatever is going on around them, instead of making noise,” Paulos says. “I think we’re all guilty of it sometimes.”
Chick Wallace will share the 529 stage with Athens’ Monsoon, psych-pop quartet Wieuca and Atlanta duo Suede Cassidy, for their EP release show, on Sat., June 29. The “salty girl”quartet is currently writing and recording its debut full-length album, and — with a consistent band roster now in place — plans to tour soon.
Ahead of our collab show with headliners The Underhill Family Orchestra at The Earl on Feb. 23rd, the band takes us through their debut album, the challenges of working together from different states, and striking balance among music and other career pursuits.
Bringing southern progressive pop to the forefront of their 5-part harmonies, The Underhill Family Orchestra brings fluid southern elements from their family roots of the delta area. With three lead singers — Joelle Rosen, Steven Laney and Ben Cook — and additional vocals from Roy Durand (Drums) and Joe Grove (Bass), Underhill captures that warm family feeling. After putting out its debut album, Tell Me That You Love Me, last May and touring across the country, Underhill has continued to challenge itself by continuing to work together, despite some members living in different states, and striking a balance between the band and other creative pursuits.
Creating a successful place among the booming Atlanta music scene, The Underhill Family Orchestra has been able to put all its heart and soul behind the diverse and inclusive spaces the scene has to offer. As a DIY hub, Atlanta’s creative community has offered support and encouragement, especially to frontwoman Joelle Rosen. “Mixing your career and passion can be really scary but also really rewarding,” Rosen says. “I kind of bounce between the scary and rewarding on a daily basis.”
As a musician and editorial photographer, Rosen is constantly working to merge her place on the stage and behind the camera. Experimentation and gut instincts play a huge role in Rosen’s career and lifestyle, as her creative pursuits weave and entangle themselves in her path. Rosen finds that her “Patsy Cline on Vacation meets ‘70s couch” personal style translates into her “retro dream grunge” editorial aesthetic, which then finds its way onstage with the band. “Sometimes it doesn’t work, but I think just experimenting and trusting yourself goes along with getting to know yourself and feeling comfortable in your own skin,” Rosen says.
Underhill’s debut album, Tell Me That You Love Me, serves as the band’s introduction and propels these themes of growth and balance, through soulful tracks and cry-worthy narratives rooted in New Orleans elements. Rosen’s has familial ties to the delta, which trickle its way into the album with interludes of her grandmother speaking. One excerpt at the end of the album extends the ancestral bonds, as Rosen’s grandmother laments the loss of her husband over homemade gumbo, describing her last days with him.
Underhill’s strong communication and ability to listen to each other's diverse personal tastes has an effect on the group’s songwriting, since each bandmate contributes to the process. Underhill’s music is personal, combining past inspiration with present day feelings. “Chickasaw Fields” is one track especially teeming with memories. “I remember sitting in my old living room years ago when Steven came to me with the idea. I love the Johnny and June back-and-forth verse style and think it’s definitely a quintessential Underhill vibe,” Rosen says.
The Underhill Family Orchestra continues to change, but the familial ties remain. The band is currently working on their sophomore album, on which they plan to experiment with more unorthodox instrumentation while retaining lyrical themes of love and loss. Whether playing together in Alabama, Louisiana or Georgia, The Underhill Family Orchestra will continue to share vulnerability and warmth with their listeners.
Candler Park Music and Food Festival returns this summer, with a food and artist market and, of course, live music taking place on Fri., June 1 and Sat., June 2.
Southern jam band Gov’t Mule – the funky side project of the Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody – and Boston’s jazz-funk outfit Lettuce will head the nine-act lineup on the Candler Park stage.
Busty and the Bass will serve up some soul, contrasted by folkier sets from alt-country five-piece Susto, Indiana’s Houndmouth, sister duo Larkin Poe and Keller Williams’ Tom Petty-inspired project, Pettygrass. Jam bands like neighborhood favorite Webster, playing their 10th consecutive Candler Park festival, and Vermont’s jam band Twiddle round out the rock-driven lineup.
Previously known as the Midsummer Music & Food Festival, 2018 marks the 10th edition of Candler Park’s fest. Tickets for the two-day event are $25 for general admission (all ages), $60 for VIP (21+).