Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Terminal West. Atlanta, April 20, 2016

It's been over two years since we've seen Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, which is really kind of amazing considering how many times we've seen them before they opened for The Head & The Heart at Buckhead Theater back in November 2013.  But before we caught up with our old friends, we had a set by Shreveport's Seratones.

Seratones are basically a garage-rock band set apart from the herd by the powerhouse vocals of AJ Haynes. They showed a lot of promise and Haynes is a force of nature and a natural-born showperson, but while they did show a lot of energy, all the songs basically sounded the same until you really couldn't tell one from the other.  Still, it was a lot of fun.

Since we last saw The Get Down Stay Down, Thao Nguyen and company have released a new album, A Man Alive. While unmistakably a Thao & The Get Down Stay Down album, the album marks a shift toward a more muscular, hard rocking sound, which they brought in abundance to Terminal West last night.

Understandably, they played a lot of songs from the new album, but also included a lot of old favorites, including When We Swam from Know Better Learn Faster (2009) and closing with We The Common from the 2013 album of the same name.  They even reached back and included one song from We Brave Bee Stings and All (2008).

As usual, multi-instrumentalist Thao played a variety of instruments, including electric guitar, banjo, and ukelele, although I did miss the spirited playing she used to perform on the pedal steel during the We The Common tour.

Despite that one omission, however, this was as lively and hard rocking a set as I ever seen Thao give, and an altogether satisfying and exciting performance.

Some videos to let Thao's music to speak for itself.

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