Back in January, I posted about a great show headlined by The Queers at The Wormhole here in Savannah.
I knew The Queers would be good â€“ what else could one expect from Joe Queer after all these years? — but the unexpected surprise was the opener, a folk punk band from Atlanta: The Wild.
I’ve had The Wild in my rotating playlist at home ever since — I just can’t get enough of their energy, their message, and their sound, drenched with energy and incorporating equal measures subtlety and strength, vulnerability and power.
So itâ€™s good to see the great coverage this week by AMP Magazine, which has an interesting interview with Witt Wisebram.
AMP’s coverage includes “Street Names”:
In the interview, Witt talks about Atlanta, punk, and the corporate scene that dominates the city:
Atlanta is 70 miles and a world away from Athens, where the alternative music scene has been a cultural and even economic driver for decades.
Atlanta is a really interesting and frustrating place to be in a rock band. There is a big garage rock scene with bands like The Black Lips and Deer Hunter doing really well all over the world, but I think youâ€™re rightâ€¦ The main thing, at least on the national level, that Atlanta is known for is Hip-Hop. That being said, there is a really awesome punk scene in Atlanta, itâ€™s just pretty small. We play bigger shows in other cities like Lexington, Birmingham, and Richmond, but there is a lot of excitement about the punk scene and people are really loyal and put in a lot of work to make sure there is an alternative to the corporate driven music side of Atlanta.
Cities obviously develop different cultures for many reasons — duh — but, as someone who writes and thinks a lot about the size and shape of cities, I can’t help wondering how Atlanta’s sprawl and growth-based economy might have impeded the kind of grassroots indie scene that Witt touches upon in the interview.
You can find more of The Wild here.