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This weekend marks the return of The Union's annual Fallout Fest, and the venue isn't messing around with this installment's lineup. With eight bands across two fuzzy, adrenaline-fueled nights, The Union is sure to pull in a raucous crowd this weekend.
Things kick off Friday night with a trio of psych-leaning bands looking to bring their swirling brand of rock to Athens. Columbus "glam/psych freaks" Red Feathers headline the night, with recent local upstarts Slut Castle and Night Stalker supporting.
Red Feathers are fairly new themselves, with their debut on the way and only two tracks to preview on their Bandcamp, but their heavy take on psych is sure to win over Athens natives. The headliner should fit in nicely with Slut Castle and Night Stalker's grungy garage-rock, making for a night of grimy jams not to be missed.
Not to be shown up, Saturday's lineup is packed with rad bands as well. Continuing Friday's psychedelic theme, the bands replace the grungy spin with a more experimental take on the genre. Expect lots of fuzzy solos to spill out onto Court Street on Sept. 28.
The night's bill includes the enigmatic Style Star, local emo-jam favorites Method Air, homegrown psych-rock purists Hex Net, Columbus fuzz jammers Bummers and Pittsburgh experimentalists Shockwave Riderz. Anyone looking for something more out of the ordinary than the typical uptown show will be more than pleased with what they find this Saturday.
Out-of-towners Shockwave Riderz are looking forward to their return back to the Union. "We have played Athens twice actually. Once at the Blackout Fest in April and again in late June," said Phil Boyd, drummer and vocalist for the group. "We enjoy playing in Athens, and it seems like the bands are always cool. Scott who books [at The Union] knows whats up, so I'm sure its going to be good either way."
The band put out an EP in early February and have been working on preparing an album's worth of songs for the recording process. They hope to have more material out before the year's end.
Atmosphere is a big part of what makes a Shockwave Riderz set special. "We love old rock 'n' roll and its roots in having a good, weird time," said Boyd. "We will try our best to bring the noise."
This weekend should be one for the ages at The Union. Fallout Fest is Sept. 27 and 28, Friday night's cover is $4 and Saturday will cost you $5.
This weekend marks the return of The Union's annual Fallout Fest, and the venue isn't messing around with this installment's lineup.
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