I imagine that the preparation for the show I witnessed on Saturday, February 25 at The Basement in East Atlanta Village encountered months of sweat, dancing, tears, and presumably lots of vomit acknowledging the fact that nothing is unusual to the members of Sleepy Genes.

A scantly lit table placed at the front entrance was buried under free merchandise including the EP “Invitation to Love” from Cassandras ,“Passion People” for Sleepy Genes, and the LP “Lungs, Dirt & Dreams” for Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters. The night of releases was successful considering the table was left spotless by the end of the night!

The first set was played by Cassandras, a band comprised of 5 individuals. The soaring vocals backed by  an infectious melody left me restless. Momentarily the band was exuding energetic pop rock rhythms then suddenly ended with the guitarist jumping on top of a speaker and throwing his guitar to the floor. The performance had the right amount of enthusiasm and initiated what was to be an excellent night.

Next up was Sleepy Genes who had a high-powered stage setting. Even with a broken guitar string and misplaced cymbal, the band’s energy flowed and exerted off the stage and directly into the crowd as they were instantly pulled closer to the stage once the music hit their ears. When lead vocalist Brett Eidson sang he hovered over that microphone as if to embrace it for eternity. Despite sickness, he never once let it spoil his performance while guitarist Taylor Wynn was dancing, staggering and jumping on every inch of the stage.

The music of Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters concluded the night where I surrendered my attention to Damon’s intimate whispers and desolate tones accompanied by subdued guitar murmurs. It literally had me moving side to side aimlessly as I retreated to thoughts of myself coasting along a bleak background searching to fill the void of my throbbing heart. Just as the music heightened and every instrument on stage was being executed, all six members rocked in a cohesive manner appearing in slow motion to my bewilderment. Jacob Smith had a lap steel guitar resting above his knees while he tapped his foot on an electronic board and lead singer Damon scooted around in his light brown cowboy boots in what limited space he was offered.

All three bands made my first experience at this venue unforgettable and lively. The crowd’s movement was nonstop on top of the grungy cement floor overflown with cigarettes and beer cans confirming my night as very doobious.

Cassandras will perform Thursday, March 1st, at the Clermont Lounge with Siberia My Sweet and Kid Portugal. Doors open at 9pm. Admission is $7.

Sleepy Genes will perform Thursday, March 8th, at the Five Spot with Mr. Gnome  and Brain. Doors open at 10pm. Admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the door.

Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters will perform at a warehouse on March 9th located at 840 Dekalb Avenue with Muleskinner Mcqueen and Little Horn. The show starts at 7 pm and the cover charge is $10. ALSO, they will be going to SXSW on March 12th and performing 9 shows in 5 days, so do not miss out on their performance if you are going to be out in Austin, Texas!

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