Timothy Eerie surprises, The Atom Age electrifies (Will's Pub)

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND 

click to enlarge Timothy Eerie at Will's Pub - Jen Cray
Jen Cray
Timothy Eerie at Will's Pub

In case you didn’t pick up on the drug reference in their moniker, new Orlando act Timothy Eerie (Oct. 18, Will's Pub) is a psychedelic band. And though they’re fun, this is the kind of garage psych that has a bit of an edge that can trip heavy or rise up punk, all pretty convincingly. What’s more, they’re astonishingly realized for a young group. Basic functionality is all you hope for in freshman bands as they try and emerge from the primordial soup. So when one emerges from practically nowhere with this kind of skill, size and aesthetic, it’s sign of something potentially very special. After what I saw on stage the other night, this is a local worth keeping an eye on.

click to enlarge Timothy Eerie at Will's Pub - Jen Cray
Jen Cray
Timothy Eerie at Will's Pub

But the evening’s biggest attack was Oakland’s the Atom Age, a maximalist wrecking crew that piles sax and transistor organ onto the usual rock arsenal. As original rock & roll as they are modern punk, they dig deep into the roots of the wild American soul and pull up a fistful of live wires. Surging with the kind of ‘60s abandon that forecasted punk, their sound is hot, raw and uncontained. And live, they’re total animals.

click to enlarge The Atom Age at Will's Pub - Jen Cray
Jen Cray
The Atom Age at Will's Pub

click to enlarge The Atom Age at Will's Pub - Jen Cray
Jen Cray
The Atom Age at Will's Pub

click to enlarge The Atom Age at Will's Pub - Jen Cray
Jen Cray
The Atom Age at Will's Pub

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This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.

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