There’s an excitement that’s undeniable in Billy Mitchel and Maddy Davis’ presence. Mitchel smiles as an interview about their glee club project, Ding Dong Family Circus, became a conversation of ideas to hash out. Davis’ enthusiasm wraps the moments with laughter and delight as she looks over a notepad, cluttered with names and song titles.
When it was time to begin filming, I nervously disrobed and took my place next to Chris. My unease was replaced by glowing acceptance, love, and happiness for the beautiful experience I was having.The video isn’t special because we are all naked. It is special because of how we all felt while making it.
And while that may sound like every other up-and-coming band out there struggling to get known, there are still a few unique things about The Sexual Side Effects that set them apart from those other bands, especially in the Atlanta scene. Namely: Taylor is a transgendered woman, McClure is gay, and Sidner and McDougall are straight.
I have a lot of respect for the one-man band. I love that we live in an age where we can create music from the safety and comfort of our bedrooms. You don’t have to deal with annoying band mates or restrictions on your creative control; you can smoke weed alone and get lost in your reverb pedal and headphones for however damn long you please.
Carbonas has no interest in recording new music as Carbonas. In days leading up to the Mess-Around, Carbonas barely wanted to rehearse as Carbonas–not with new, scorching and rollicking efforts bearing their names (Gentleman Jesse, GG King, Barreracudas).
Through the Back Pockets, I found my self drinking freely from fountains flowing through the souls existing next to you and yet in you. Together carrying the weight of a new idea of family, and the implications and responsibilities of taking to the wind as a strange collection of offbeats.
Newmerica’s Free-For-Y’all is an offshoot of the Little Five Festival. Due to the success of the Fest last year, Newmerica was approached by the owners of the Star Bar about having a free monthly show. Thus the FFY was born and continues the second Thursday of every month.