The inclement weather should roll out of the metro Atlanta area leaving clear roads and a bit warmer temperatures by Friday. So now you have no reason to stay at home and watch Netflix or play Words With Friends this weekend. You could go to dinner, a movie or head over to a friend’s house for a rousing game of charades but then you would miss out on the drunken debauchery that is Hammerhead Fest IV: Weekend at Burnouts! Expanded to two nights, the Star Bar in Little 5 Points will be packed with folks consuming cold adult beverages as their ears get bombarded with a collection of bad ass tunes.
Friday night at Hammerhead Fest IV will feature the return of one of Atlanta’s institutions, Attractive Eighties Women. No the band is not full of hot women but they will deliver a set loaded with guitar driven punk flavored tunes that will smack you in the face and have you asking for more. With songs like “Murder Kroger”, “Titty City “and “Mama’s On Meth” it is obvious humor is a big part of their music, and while they may not be the most skillful musicians out there, few bands deliver a more entertaining live show then the Attractive Eighties Women. (Last time I saw them live they were dressed as 80’s wrestlers and the packed house went ape shit over it.) Sharing the stage throughout the evening is a handful of bands that each brings something different to the weekend long music festival. The big sound of BIGFOOT will remind you of the sludgy 70’s guitar rock of Sabbath or Deep Purple. Somewhere between hardcore punk and death metal lies Dropout, lead by vicious guitars and thunderous rhythms after listening to their tunes you will feel like you have done something wrong. Growling vocals dominate the guitar heavy punk band Magoo’s Heros music as they deliver a classic punk sound void of the pop melodies used by many of today’s bands masquerading as punk rock. One of the most anticipated performances of the weekend has to be by Shehehe. Punk flavored garage rock played fast and furious will bounce off the walls at Star Bar getting the crowd ready for the music to come. Not all the music will be loud and in your face. Kicking Friday night off will be Divided Heaven a folk rock outfit that delivers tunes that built around catchy melodies. Yes the sound may be a bit different from the rowdy bands to follow but you need to be there because the songs are pretty damn good. Wow, that is a lot of music for one night at the Star Bar, and it is only night number one.
Saturday night picks up right where Friday left off. Atlanta’s Death of Kings will bring Hammerhead Fest IV to a close with ear blistering metal that fits somewhere between Maiden and Mastodon. Blistering guitar riffs and doom filled vocals will rattle the foundation of the Star Bar. Before they close things out more bands get to show their wares up on stage. Hatestomp bill themselves as the only true “Rebel Metal” band. Their music is dark and violent as brooding lyrics crawl and scratch through to the surface. One of Atlanta’s most hated and equally loved bands the Vaginas will be leaving their stank all over the Star Bar. They are not afraid to cross any boundaries while delivering fast in your face punk/metal music. They may not be on the stage for a long time but you sure as hell will remember the time they were there. Resident metal heads Gunpowder Grey offer up tunes that take from influences like G-n-R, Judas Priest and Skid Row. They are not a clone of these bands but have an original sound that sounds great live. Loud punk sounds infused with a hint of pop melodies will have the crowd bouncing along to the sounds of Spray Tan after the hardcore music of the Bottle Kids has them wanting to smack someone around. Damn, another killer night of tunes is lined up for your listening pleasures.
My friends this is one hell of a music festival presented to you by A Rippin Productions, Easy Adam and Baby Robot Media that will pack a boat load of high octane in your face rock music into two nights. Both evenings the doors get kicked in around 8pm so there will be plenty of time to give the Star Bar your money in exchange for the beverage of your choice, and they have a lot of choices. Whether you are interested in one or two of the bands, make sure you get there early so you can experience all of them. If you skip the early stuff you never know what you may miss out on. So skip the charades and Netflix, leave the kiddos at home or with a sitter then be prepared to do things you will regret in the morning at Hammerhead Fest IV at the Star Bar.
WHAT: Hammerhead Fest IV: Weekend at Burnouts!
WHERE: Star Bar
WHEN: Friday 2/27 & Saturday 2/28, 8pm