Live Review & Picture Book by Taylor Magill
Atlanta is chock full of extremely talented local bands hoping to hit it big on the national scene. Last night at Terminal West was a showcase of three local indie bands, The Electric Sons, The Romans, and Magnets and Ghosts. The combination of these three bands and this venue were the perfect mix because it gave show goers an opportunity to see what the Atlanta indie scene has to offer from all perspectives of the room and gave an intimate feel to the music. Throw in DJ Chris Crisis spinning in between sets and bar deals like $3.00 beers and it was a party with 120 of my closest friends.
The Electric Sons has had a recent surge in attention with the release of their debut music video, Breathing Electricity, just last week. A self-described “two headed music machine” made up of Andrew Miller and Ben Richards, The Electric Sons captivated the audience with fan-favorite tracks, “Break Away” and “Kyoto”. With lustrous beats and talented vocals, The Electric Sons are well on their way to being the biggest electronic band out of the South.
The Romans are a 4-piece band made up of Aaron Whitehouse, Andrew Colella, Ryan Clevenger, and Zevi Soloman. In an attempt to blend many elements together, The Romans infuse their music with influences from dark new wave, shoegaze, ’80’s pop, and alternative music. During their live performance, The Romans incorporated a violin into the mix of their heavy guitar riffs, intense percussion, and haunting vocals that, coupled with impressive visual accompaniment, take you on an emotional journey dealing with love, loss, self-realization, and elation.
The headlining band, Magnets and Ghosts, took the stage around 11:00 bringing with them a hauntingly, beautiful opening of ambient music and soft background vocals. After setting the ambient mood, duo Ryan Potesta and Dean Roland (formerly of Collective Soul) kicked off into their set with loud guitar riffs, keyboard, and percussion beats that had the audience screaming for more. Magnets and Ghosts jammed into the midnight hour, performing almost the entirety of their full-length album, Mass.