Volume 1 ISSUE 3
THE HOUSE SHOW EDITION V. 3
“This magazine functions as a magnifying glass into the various underground, counter-culture aspects of Atlanta. Reactionary to gentrification & re-appropriation of urban environment” This issue is covering the counter culture of small local bands and how they use house shows as a platform. They use it as a way to make music accessible to all. Making it easier for bands to tour without messing around with venues and creating bonds with other bands, while patrons can see shows in a more intimate setting. Instead of relying on money (which most of us lack) it uses the DIY approach of using each others already available assets and sharing them. Also you probably get to sit on the couch next to your favorite band members.
This Issue is by Katherine Greene, an Atlanta native. When she isn’t spending hours staring at Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator she is probably in some basement staring at a local band. She hopes you learn some shit about your local music culture and get the fuck off spotify and head to bandcamp. This is her when she was cute.
CONTENTS 05 BLIP 06 FREQUENCY 08 WHATS DUI DYI
09 HOW TO: Throw a House Show
13 FEATURE: Interview with WORLDS GREATEST DAD
19 FUCK 23 House Show Posters as Art 27 I THREW A HOUSE SHOW: Interview w/ Myself
BLIP: THE COVER STORY Music booms from the road that is lined
most impressive tricks. The back of the house looks
by cars on either side, Ubers and Lyfts start to play
five times as large as the front with a two story porch
chicken trying to get down the narrow street. Crowds
in back. On the top porch towering above, a few elite
of people already overflow the small porch of a cute
sit behind twinkling string lights and look over the
yellow house. Everyone is in small groups passing
around crooked blunts and getting buzzed off dollar
A person on a speaker shouts over the
PBR in plastic cups. Bottles and cigarette butts
blasting rap, “Band Playing in Back in 5 Minutes!”.
crunch under an assortment of trendy skate shoes.
People shuffle into the cramped back room with
The loudest music comes from the back, where
paint splattered on the walls. There’s a homemade
people sit in a sort of amphitheater of grass, facing
concession stand in the back corner where they sell
a large home made ramp. Dozens of skate boarders
chili or PBR in cups. A man in a beanie with a edgy
perch on either side dodging stray skate boards that
mustache clears his throat and makes is way up to
fly off into the revene behind. Bells ring out for the
the “Stage”, a small room framed by dripping spray foam hanging like stalactites from every corner and painted brown. He plays a soft acoustic song as a small crowd, phones held high, hover around. A spotted pit-bull walks through the room and hands reach out from all directions touching her, who is un-phased, as she passes. Click Click, FLASH.
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PAY TO CUM // AT EL MANSION
Photo by Elena De Soto
A little talk with Worlds Greatest Dad members Maddie Duncan, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist and Johnathan Franklin, Drummer. They talk on their insight into local band culture. KG: Okay so what band are you in? Maddie Duncan: Worlds Greatest Dad KG: I’m acting like I don’t know you at all because the people reading it don’t know you at all. KG: Are you in any other bands? MD: Also a dino stomp band called Mogus Eats Flowers. KG: Who’s Mogus? MD: Mogus my dog KG: Is he your number one fan? MD: He just likes balls, balls are life and he likes chewing on Bones and he likes his boyfriend Milo. KG: Oh yeah milo, so y’all have a new album coming out soon. MD: Yeah, different than our past ones, it’s a full length. It’s a lot more produced than our last stuff. My friend Rascal said it sounds like church music but he’s never been in a church. KG: So this magazines is about people doing their own shit local shit so how did y’all even start to make a band? MD: I found John on Craigslist and moved in with him right away and Keriq was just stoned all the time so we made him play bass. KG: Yeah that makes sense. So you just like started playing and just making music or? MD: I was in a band before, I lost my drummer and bassist and I needed to find new ones. I auditioned John and then we start playing together like making new songs and we wrote for like a little over a year and recorded a record or an EP and then started playing shows. KG: So y’all went on tour recently. How is that, was there a good turnout? MD: Yeah it was a cool tour we were lucky to have a good person book it and we didn’t lose money and we met a bunch of people and our like plays went up a lot on Spotify so can’t really complain. KG: Is how you gage your success Spotify? MD: (Laughs) not really like we have all of our stuff on the internet so you can see who looks at what. KG: What’s your goal as a band, do you want to stay local what do you want like obviously you don’t want to stay local but like if it panned out exactly how you wanted it to look like? MD: Um I mean, if it panned out exactly how I wanted to we
could get paid so much money off of one record that we could literally just walk off and do whatever we wanted for the rest of our lives. (Laughs) But thats not something thats gonna happen. But yeah if it were up to me like you know we would just get a copious amount of money and we could just record and pay our favorite producers and come sit and fill the studio at our own house that’s next to the ocean and also next to the mountains. John: In California MD: And they would come over when we said they wanted we wanted them too and they would make our record sound good and then to the whole rest of the year when we aren’t playing shows we can fuck off and do whatever. John: Basically live comfortably off our music MD: Yeah what I would want and I think is actually foreseeable is I could afford living in a decent-sized house with like some things that I like and not have to work a nine-to-five job. That’s what I mean, I’m fine with being a blue-collar musician that’s totally cool if we can quit our jobs and like not starve like that’s the goal. KG: Just make music If we could also have a million-dollars that’d be cool. I like Lay’s pickle chips so if they want sponsor us. John: I like Utz pretzels KG: The soft kind? John: Both KG: Alright so next question so I don’t know anything about this but what do you think makes Bands popular locallyMD: I guess like isn’t like KG: Well let me finishMD: Literally high school KG: Okay well let me finish my question what do you think it’s more like politics about like who you know or do you think it’s like actually like if your is band actually good or if it’s a combination? MD: I think it’s 99% politics. Like there’s plenty of good bands in the world, there’s too many of them like you know. John: 95% or 80 and 20 MD: I think that locally having a following is all about like your friends and like who your friends are and I don’t think it has Jack shit to do with how good you are but I think that locally if you take the internet equation out of it like there’s a lot of people that are popular that suck and I feel like but if you take like if you take social media out of it. If you’re looking at it as a band versus a band and not like a personality from the band versus like you know the world or whatever I think that like there aren’t that many good bands. John: No I totally know what you’re saying
MD: You have to be good to make it without those things but it’s really easy to make your Twitter profile and like have a good personality and get like a million people to pretend to like your music just because like they thought you were funny that one time - I think it’s really easy to do that but I don’t think of those things are, I don’t think they last long like they burn out pretty quickly. It’s still important to be like a good band I think it still matters to the majority of the population but if you want you can be ridiculous and get signed to a major label and put out a record in like nobody actually pay for your music or come to your shows because the only reason you’re popular is because you’re a joke you know. John: You should be a comedian MD: Yeah I’m not funny or I would be. What do you think makes a good band like what your referring to? I think caring has a lot to do with it.
I think that what makes a respectable band is caring. I think it’s become cool to not care not care how shitty your gear is, not care about putting time into something, not caring about working your ass off for like minimum wage to afford to go to a studio and record professionally. I think it’s become cool to act like nothing matters like it’s really like nihilistic point of view I think that people like a lot of people have when it comes to music and especially like the DIY scene. All of the bands that we meet that we like and also that sound good and are cool people and just are all-around good bands, all of those people really care about what they’re doing. They fucking will quit their jobs and sell a bunch of shit so that they can go out on the road for you know for a month whatever and then come back home and get a new one, you know. I think that’s being a good band. I think you kind of have to do those things to have good material.
KG: Practice, be there... MD: Yeah, I don’t think it like anything good has come out of just like not giving a shit in music. I think every band that gets big and stays big even ish. And I’m not talking about like Metallica and I’m starting to like normal ass like bands that we listen to. Bands that stuck with us for a long time, bands that people still love that they listened to when they were like 12 or whatever and now they’re like almost 30. I think the difference between them and bands that I don’t consider good or bands that I don’t think care it’s just like that’s the biggest difference is they put in the time and effort to be in a band and took it seriously. Also being a good band, is only like a really small portion of it like we said earlier like I think that luck has more to do with it than anything, even more than who you. I think that it is being lucky and being in the right place at the right time cuz you can know whoever you want I can get put on the festival but like I can play in front of like fucking a bunch of people but if your music isn’t good then other people aren’t going to give a fuck. KG: So I’ve heard you talk about this before and I’m sure a certain point really you have to do it yourself until you can afford it but you were saying like if you give a shit about your band that you should put the money up to go record it like a decent studio and pay for the shit like what’s the difference between doing it yourself and like also like getting the best quality you can to produce the best music where’s the line there?
MD: I mean I think the involvement is what DIY is supposed to stand for like do-ityourself I don’t necessarily think that DIYs just like you have had to of had the only hand in creating this thing for you. I don’t even like I don’t think of that as DIY. DIY is putting on shows together and meeting bands yourself and just doing it and not letting somebody else handle your shit. DIY is not bought by a label or booking agency. DIY is paying for it too. John: It’s not like you’re recording yourself but you’re paying for it. That to me is DIY. You save up and collect it and go to maybe go to a DIY studio MD: I don’t consider us like a DIY band but yeah we do DIY stuff though, all of her CDs are hand made, all of our merch - Except our shirts are
HOUSE SHOW AT PINK ROOM(MADDIES AND JOHNS HOUSE)
MADDIE SMOKING A CIG
JOHN SMOKING A CIG
BEER AND BOOK COLLECTION AT PINK ROOM
handmade just not by us. And we put on shows when any touring band comes to town if they need a place to stay our house is open to them if they need a place to play our basements open to them. I feel like people confuse DIY and Punk stuff for like not caring and I don’t think that that’s what DIY and punk music is. I think it, ideally, should be a bunch of people that really and want to offer really cool place for people to play and not make them pay for pre-sales to play. DIY to me is just providing opportunity to people making things accessible But if one of us lucky, like somebody who mattered came up to us and offered us whatever, if we got to that level of lucky that would be dope. None of us would turn it down because it’s not DIY KG: Yeah well there’s a certain point if you got popular and you don’t have time to make all those things yourself and you have the money to do it you know why would you do that. KG: So do you want to plant anything MD: We have a record coming out early next year we have a single coming out for April and December so if you don’t look up the lookout for that were also playing small ball on November 5th and that’s with like Citizen, The World Is, The Hotelier, so if you like any of those bands you might like us and you might want to come.
I feel like people confuse DIY and Punk stuff for like not caring and I don’t think that that’s what DIY and punk music is.
S Doing this at House
1. Don’t treat someone’s house as a house, yeah it’s a house, but it’s not yours and they were nice enough to let you come to a house show for free or much cheaper than any venue. 2. Just because it is a house show doesn’t mean it’s always free. Bring cash, hosts always welcome a little money to help with supplies or the bands travel. Show your appreciation. 3. Support the bands, obviously. This means going in for every set and listening and clapping. Don’t stand outside like a idiot. This isn’t a house party, if that’s what you wanted, leave and go find one. 4. Don’t go wandering around the hosts house, you wouldn’t wander into the office of a venue would you? 5. You can’t just take whatever you want out of a fridge. This hosts should tell you if it’s a BYOB event or not. If there’s free beer they will defintley let you know. 6. If no one else is moshing don’t do it. You look like a attention seeking jerk and you’ll probably hit someone who doesn’t want to be apart of your one person party. If everyone is doing it, go for it but still be aware that your in a house and things can break. 7. Watch out for others, this goes for any sort of event. But be aware if someone is drinking too much, or if someone is doing something they shouldn’t at a house show. Or anywhere. 8. Buy merch and talk to the bands! If you really liked a set tell them! This is one of the great things about house shows, you basically get to hang out with your favorite bands.
LOCAL BANDS WATCH Bitter A queer punk band, whose members are Maritza on vocals and guitar , Chava as lead guitar, Zo on drums, and Camila playing bass.
Eddie Rascal A progressive doom pop band founded in 2014, including members Mac on lead vocals, Yaar on lead guitar, Danny on bass, and Matt on drums.
Pay to Cum A Hardcore band founded in 2016, they donâ€™t have their band members listed.
LOCAL HOUSE SHOW POSTERS : ART
I didnâ€™t design any of these. All credit goes to the individuals I didnâ€™t have time to find ;-)
Local Atlantaskater NativeDaniel DanielMines Mines
I THREW A HOUSE SHOW AND IT WAS PRETTY ALRIGHT: A INTERVIEW WITH MYSELF ME: Why’d you throw a house show? ME: Well I figured I’m making a magazine about house shows so I figured the best research would be to have one. ME: Did you pick who played? Or how does that always work out? ME: Well luckily someone reached out to me looking for a house and they knew I have a basement, which is one of the most important things for house shows. ME: Yep, but who played? ME: Mainly The Pink Stones and a couple acoustic sets. I was adamant about this being a laid back show. ME: Did anything go wrong? ME: Not really, other than me being the only one dressed up for Halloween which was two days later. I was Waldo from Where’s Waldo. So I ended up looking like a weirdo with lots of red on and a turtle neck. ME: Yeah thats weird. What was the best part? ME: Probably just having everyone I know come and have a super good time, everyone was super nice. The bands who play were so good and it’s so cool to have great bands play in your own basement. ME: What would you tell someone else having their first house show? ME: I mean this goes for any show but just be super nice to the bands, ask them what they need, help them carry stuff. They will usually be super nice back and make your show even better. ME: Would you do it again? ME: Yeah. Interview with Katherine Greene by Katherine Greene
Test run for Radar Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3 on Local Band culture in ATL.