Twelve ATL Records to Listen for in October

Dasher - SovietHere we are entering the last quarter of what has been a remarkable year for local music. Every month I try to evaluate the quality and promise of upcoming releases, and while there have been some definite duds, there have been many more pleasant surprises and records that have met or exceeded my expectations. In looking at October’s releases, what stands out for me are the number of up-and-coming and already established bands releasing new music this month. Starting with Dasher’s upcoming Suicide Squeeze debut 7-inch and continuing through new records from Gringo Star, Slowriter and Places to Hide—not to mention debut full lengths from Small Reactions and Cute Boots—October appears to be a sort of culmination (or at the very least, a critical junction) of many of the year’s ongoing storylines. Throw in the probability of new work from punk standouts GG King and GHB—which aren’t listed here, but will likely be unveiled in the coming weeks—and suddenly October could be a high-water mark for 2014.

The Dreaded Marco

The Dreaded Marco - Safe Word

THE DREADED MARCO – SAFE WORD
Release Date: October 3
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Hard rockers the Dreaded Marco will release their latest album, Safe Word, on October 3. The eleven-song effort will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

The Dreaded Marco will celebrate the release of Safe Word on Friday, October 3 at Star Bar. Supporting them will Ledfoot Messiah and The Halls of Jupiter. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

Safe Word
01. A Positive Message (For a Change)
02. Panda Slide
03. Alligator F***house
04. San Francisco Show and Tell
05. I Run Cloud City
06. Safe Word
07. Lesser of Two Evils
08. Bruce’s Magic Kite Circus
09. Soul For Sale
10. Oh, Bernice!
11. Hide & Seek

More Info:
Web: www.thedreadedmarco.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DreadedMarco
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DreadedMarco

Interstellar

Interstellar - Champagne Chameleon

Interstellar – “Champagne Chameleon” b/w “Let It Ride”
Release Date: October 3
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Indie rockers Interstellar will release a new two-song single on October 3. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Interstellar will celebrate the release of their new single on Friday, October 3 at the Basement. Supporting them will be Sara Rachele and the Palace Wolves. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.

“Champagne Chameleon” b/w “Let It Ride”
01. Champagne Chameleon
02. Let It Ride

More Info:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/interstellarmusic
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/interstellar_tunes

Dasher

Dasher - Soviet

Dasher – “Soviet” b/w “Teeth”
Release Date: October 14
Label: Suicide Squeeze Records

Release Info:
Noise-punk trio Dasher will release their latest seven-inch on October 14 via Suicide Squeeze Records. It will be available on vinyl and through most digital retailers.

Dasher will celebrate the release of their new 7-inch on Thursday, October 25 at 529. Supporting them will Predator, MTN ISL and Slugga. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

“Soviet” b/w “Teeth”
01. Soviet
02. Teeth

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.dasher2.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dasheratl
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dasheratl

Manhack

Manhack - Dominicide

Manhack – Dominicide
Release Date: October 14
Label: Autumn + Colour Records

Release Info:
Metal stalwarts Manhack will release Dominicide on October 17 via Autumn + Colour Records. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Dominicide
01. Constants
02. Jonesy Christ
03. G.U.I.
04. The Concealer
05. This Forsaken Land

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.manhack.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ManhackMusic
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/manhack

Downers

downers - Low Informant

downers. – Low Informant
Release Date: October 15
Label: Persistentmidnight

Release Info:
downers., a.k.a. experimental composer Drew Haddon, will release his third EP on October 15 via Persistentmidnight. The five-song effort will be available for download on his Bandcamp page.

Low Informant
01. Elder in the Breakers
02. Every Sad Song That You Wrote
03. Take a Hammer to My Heart
04. Eyeing the Blank Biface
05. Circuitry After Sunset

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.downers.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/downers
Tumblr: www.downdowners.tumblr.com

Gringo Star

Gringo Star - Long Time Gone

Gringo Star – “Long Time Gone” b/w “World of Spin”
Release Date: October 17
Label: Dizzybird Records

Release Info:
Psych rockers Gringo Star will release their latest 7-inch on October 17 via Dizzybird Records. It will be available on vinyl and through most digital retailers.

“Long Time Gone” b/w “World of Spin”
01. Long Time Gone
02. World of Spin

More Info:
Web: www.gringostar.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gringostarmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/gringo_star_atl

Look Alive

Look Alive - Translucent

Look Alive – Translucent
Release Date: October 21
Label: Autumn + Colour Records

Release Info:
Pop-punk five-piece Look Alive are prepping the release of their new EP, Translucent, via Autumn + Colour Records. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Look Alive will celebrate the release of Translucent on Friday, October 17 at the Drunken Unicorn. They will be supported by Wicked Pretty and Microwave. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.

Translucent
01. Putting the “I” in Isolation
02. Underrated
03. Regrets Taste a Lot Like Hard Liquor
04. The Bad Conversationalist

More Info:
Web: www.lookaliveatl.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lookaliveatl
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lookaliveatl

Small Reactions

Small Reactions - Similar Phantoms

Small Reactions – Similar Phantoms
Release Date: October 28
Label: Bear Kids Recordings

Release Info:
Small Reactions’ long-anticipated debut full length, Similar Phantoms, is out October 28 via Bear Kids Recordings. The eleven-song effort will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and through most digital retailers.

Similar Phantoms
01. Minibeasts and Ourselves
02. Similar Phantoms
03. Terrorangles
04. Mt. Ogee
05. Hung from Wire
06. Keepah
07. Shark Week
08. Mid-Century Squall
09. Sudden Walks
10. Saint in Robes
11. Betamax (1981)

More Info:
Web: www.smallreactions.blogspot.com
Bandcamp: www.smallreactions.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smallreactions
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/smallreactions
Twitter: www.twitter.com/smallreactions

Cute Boots

Cute Boots - A Fresh Start in This Old Town

Cute Boots – A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town
Release Date: October 28
Label: Bear Kids Recordings

Release Info:
Americana rockers Cute Boots will release their full-length debut, A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town, on October 2. It will be available on cassette and through most digital retailers.

Cute Boots will celebrate the release of A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town on Tuesday, October 28 at the Earl. They will be supported by Factory and 100 Watt Horse. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.

A Fresh Start in the Same Old Town
01. Wrong (I Am)
02. Gilbert Hill
03. Road to Nowhere
04. Carolina Highway
05. Grace
06. I Saw Cain
07. The Last Time
08. Somebody Like You
09. More Time
10. Rumspringa
11. The Creek

Web: www.cutebootsband.com
Bandcamp: www.cutebootsband.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CuteBootsBand
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cutebootsband

Slowriter

Slowriter – King of the Void
Release Date: October 28
Label: Autumn + Colour Records

Release Info:
Experimental pop auteur Bryan Taylor will release his fourth LP under the Slowriter moniker on October 28. The nine-song effort will be available on CD and through most digital outlets.

King of the Void
01. The Sequel
02. Lose My Head
03. King of the Void
04. Automation
05. Gold Mannequin (feat. Johnny Polygon)
06. Wait for the Day
07. All of that Digging
08. Eternity (Slug Christ Remix)
09. Eternity (feat. Phil.Harmoniq)

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.slowriter.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slowriter
Twitter: www.twitter.com/slowriterband

The Romenz

The Romenz - Your Shores

The Romenz – Your Shores
Release Date: October 28
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Indie rockers the Romenz are prepping the release of their new EP, Your Shores, for an October 28 release. The six-song effort will be available through most digital retailers.

Your Shores
01. Your Shores
02. Youth Fallout
03. Autumn Grass
04. Trip Around the Sun
05. Letters to Our Fathers
06. Avra

More Info:
Web: www.theromenz.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theromenz
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/theromenz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/theromenz

Places To Hide

Places to Hide - Wild N Soft

Places to Hide – Wild N Soft
Release Date: October 28
Label: Tiny Engines

Release Info:
Rising indie-punk quartet Places to Hide have already released their new Wild N Soft EP digitally, but physical vinyl copies don’t ship until the end of the month.

Wild N Soft
01. Nowhere to Hide
02. Wild N Soft
03. Dogz
04. Cough Syrup

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.placestohide.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Places-To-Hide/263034510404551
Tumblr: www.placestohideband.tumblr.com