Club Awesome/ The Orphins/ Moorish Idols Live Review
Club Awesome Pool Party The EARL Atlanta, GA May 26th, 2007
Atlanta has many traditions for Memorial Day Weekend: the Decatur Arts Festival, the Braves sink deeper in the NL East standing to the once-heralded New York “Mess,” and the latest up-and-coming tradition sponsored by local musical stalwarts Club Awesome when they bring out the three feet deep kiddie-pool and allow the masses to float their bloated selves through a cacophony of rock and roll indulgence.
Yes, it is a real pool.
The Annual Club Awesome Pool Party gives the local scenesters and hipsters a reason to bust out the 1980’s shorty-short swimtrunks and parade around the venue displaying his or her boastful irony-filled greatness without ridicule. The Pool Party falls away from a neat late spring gimmick and becomes a festival of skinny and hairy legs, nut-hugging puma shorts, and enough boys-wearing-thongs that the crowd’s attention is easily diverted from the live performance of the bands. But each year, the tradition gets bigger and bigger while more audience members get into the spirit of this trailer-trash version of Jimmy Buffett-esque tropical escapism. This year, a couple brought beach chairs, set them up in front of the stage and soaked up some sonic rays.
First up was Moorish Idols. Blazing the stage with their good looks and snappy swim suits, the Idols delivered their brand of intertwining guitar loops ala New York’s iconic Television. The lead singer’s (who if the band put their instruments on their MySpace page or had a website with working links would be named) shockingly seemed more emotional and self-assured than his recorded Ben-Gibbard approach. The band was tight and sounded perfect, however, Moorish Idols fell victim to the pool – the crowd lost interest and began blowing bubbles around the club and found interest in snorkeling over rock music – how could they compete?
Up next were local favorites The Orphins, one of Atlanta’s under-rated and under-appreciated rock bands. The Orphins’ brand of quirky, speed riddled pop music sounds like a gaggle of birds floating and chirping which pulled the would-be swimmers out of the water and safely to shore like Roy Scheider in Jaws (“It’s just bluefish! It’s just bluefish!”. Thankfully, The Orphins kept everything upbeat and energetic until the end of the set, prepping the crowd for headliners and Pool Party hosts Club Awesome.
If the audience was interested, they could have witnessed Club Awesome’s lead singer Errol Crane’s bowling ball sack more times than once during the band’s set. These Public Displays of Anatomical Obscenity was due to Club Awesome’s irony driven set – honestly, can you name your band “Club Awesome” without a sense of humor – whenever Crane propped one leg higher than the other… BOOYAH! Club Awesome followed The Orphins’ lead unleashing a plethora of disco-pop ridden rock songs that barely covered the sound of the masses of dancing flip-flop covered feet. The water level of the pool dropped to an all time low towards the end of the band’s set when all bodies left their aquatic domain to shake a little ass to the music.
And then someone must have doodied in the pool because all bodies cleared out in record time. Maybe the pruning of so many hipster hands caused everyone to return home to make sure their calluses still existed on their finger tips, or maybe they had to dry out the Farrah Fawcett shorts so they could return them to Thread Zeppelin the next day. Who knows where hipsters go anyway.