When: Mon., Sept. 1 2014
rock, garage, punk, 9 p.m.
Eric Aguiar and Dan Tanner of Atlantic Thrills were heavy into hip-hop sampling before they got hooked on obscure ’60s psychedelic music. “The hip-hop thing ended, so I thought, ‘Let’s play this shit instead of sampling it,’” says Aguiar. The garage-psych band currently comprises Aguiar as frontman, lead guitarist Tanner, drummer Josh Towers, and guitarist Mike Dominguez. The Rhode Island-based band’s music is a gritty, edgy combination of 1950s doo-wop and heavily fuzzed-out punk rock. The guys have been together since 2008 making surf-rock singles like “A Day at the Beach,” but a grungier, dirtier feeling encompasses the band’s self-titled debut album released earlier this year. “Acid Rain” is a killer psych-rock track that sounds a lot like The Cramps with a dash of Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. “Light Shines” explores a mix of mellow vocals and high-energy guitar, while the noise rock of “Holy Mountain” creates an almost chaotic feel for such an enlightened title. “Our influences are everything from folk and country to our roots of ’90s hip-hop to old-school reggae,” Aguiar says. “We listen to all types of music, but when it comes to our own sound, we bring that garage attitude.” —Kalyn Oyer MONDAY