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A Drug Called Tradition
In their debut album, Medicine Music (out July 28), Atlanta trio A Drug Called Tradition fuses shoegaze, krautrock, and psych rock influences with the heavy atmosphere of their southern roots. The eight-minute opening track, “With You Miss You,” bursts onto the scene with brooding vocals and saturated guitar pulses before breaking and leading the listener on a Can-inspired odyssey of layered intensity and release. This journey continues through the rest of the album, each track seemingly standing on its own before revealing its place in the larger whole.

After the dissolution of heavy psych stalwarts Abby Gogo, singer/guitarist Bon Allinson began working on a batch of songs more heavily influenced by his upbringing in Alabama and by the musical traditions of the South. He brought these songs to drummer Pumakawa “Puma” Navarro (Abby Gogo) and bassist Asha Lakra (Tikka) and the trio hit the ground running. They played their first set opening for Matt Hollywood of Brian Jonestown Massacre and soon after recorded a three song demo with Spencer Garn at Diamond Street Studios. The band gained a reputation as one of the most intense acts in Atlanta and around the South playing with acts such as Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Holy Wave, Spaceface, White Reaper, and Froth.

Ready to set the songs they’d crafted to two-inch tape, ADCT headed to Water Valley, Mississippi to record Medicine Music with producer Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens), and engineer Bronson Tew at Dial Back Sound (owned at the time by Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records). The band stayed in the small apartment adjacent to the studio, working in marathon sessions that ended in all involved crashing wherever was convenient. The tracks were also mixed and mastered at Dial Back Sound and pressed to vinyl at Gotta Groove Records. Now with their debut album in hand, ADCT has teamed up with Psych Army Intergalactic and are ready to conquer the rest of the U. S. and then the world.
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Atlanta's heavy psych outfit Abby GoGo formed in 2005 and went on hiatus in 2014, with original members/twin brothers Bon and Jon Allinson geographically parting ways—Jon eventually moving to Pensacola and Bon making music in his spinoff A Drug Called Tradition. Abby GoGo reunited to release its long-impending sophomore album A Perfect Whatever (via Psych Army in 2018) and Jon relocated to Atlanta in April 2019. After that, it was time to put Abby GoGo to bed.

A reformed Abby GoGo, MORE emerges from the remnants of the finally defunct outfit with members Jon Allinson (guitar/vox), Bon Allinson (guitar/bass/vox), and new addition Jimmy Eastwood (drums). While it may seem like MORE is merely a slightly tweaked version of Abby GoGo (same bros, different drummer), it’s a deeper change than that. What originally began as a musical outlet for Jon during his time in Pensacola became the means for the band’s growing pains that the old formula could no longer sustain. MORE branches out in new formulas and new methods, exploring its new rendition of straight shoegaze with post-punk edge, ultimately pulling away from the wandering meanders of psych rock and the middle-of-the-road pop sensibilities of ‘60s rock that Abby GoGo became so comfortable with. MORE debuted with live shows in Atlanta in fall 2019 and is working towards recording its first release due out next year.
TWINS
Atlanta's TWINS returns with an album of club ready synthwave for CLEAR. 'Nothing Left' lives in the axis between Wax Trax and WBMX, mutant industrial pop for sweaty basement ragers. The record begins with drum machine workout "Can't Go Back" and drives straight through to the finale, mechanized torch song "That's What I Never Saw."

Matt Weiner, the single entity behind TWINS, is also at the controls of CGI records; a dependable outpost for extraterrestrial club jams. In addition to membership in the DKA records crew, and duo Featureless Ghost, he's released previously on Night People, Geographic North, Clan Destine, Crash Symbols, and more. His work has featured on XLR8R, Pitchfork, Resident Advisor and Decoder.


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