THE electrifyingly grimy kind of post-punk of Athens' What Moon Things is a recurring Savannah favorite. Moody and tremoring, it's dream-pop draped in mourning crepe, swelling with watery reverb, enormous drums, and vocals that swill and tear through the dirt.
2014’s What Moon Things is a refreshingly diverse collection of songs, all equally shadowy but explorative of the band’s ability to stretch genre and tone; I’m reminded of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me-era Brand New moments, a strong dose of The Minutemen, and the chilling intensity of Iceage.
I hadn’t heard of Jackson Scott of the impressive Fat Possum Records roster (Modest Mouse, The Black Keys, Townes Van Zandt); I’m sure glad to know him now. Vocally, Scott’s evokes the lilting psychedelic ease and elongated melodies of Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo. “That Awful Sound” off January’s Melbourne feels like an ice cream cone melting into a scummy playground’s trashcan: jangly, lazy, summer psych-pop brilliance that’s just scuzzy enough to still feel handmade.
This will be the last time Rachael Perisho and Alex Maddalena will be performing with Savannah’s Triathalon, as they’re both moving away at the end of August.
Perisho, who’s been playing keys for the band’s summer shows, certainly impacted Savannah’s music scene in her time here. A SCAD alum, Perisho started out performing with Dare Dukes, going on to start folk-noir duo mumbledust with Furious Hooves’ Ryan McCardle and a solo project, Heavy Boots. With live support from Adam Intrator and Chad Chilton of Triathalon, Perisho will release a new Heavy Boots cassette next month at Hang Fire; stay tuned for details.
Maddalena, who you may know as experiemental guitarist Host, has handled bass duties for Triathalon in the past months; he’s also made appearances in the Blackrune Esoteric Orchestra.
Triathalon just finished recording their second LP, due in late October on Broken Circles Records. Recorded by Lucas Carpenter (Saint Corsair, Breakers) in three houses throughout Savannah, guitarist/vocalist Intrator hints toward a keyboard-heavy record—a turn from Lo-Tide’s beach-dream guitar dominance. Broken Circles will unveil a title and official release date soon.