This is Next Big Nashville. This is your opportunity to catch a handful of staggeringly intense shows with some talented up-and-coming bands, and Thursday night at The 5 Spot will host perhaps the most balls-out bill of them all. Noisy conquistadors of the house-show circuit Gnarwhal lead off with a set that will doubtlessly shatter a few sternums. They'll be followed by the D.I.Y. indie outfit Tigers Con Queso--an absolute fantasy for fans of The Dead Milkmen and Daniel Johnston--and Codaphonic. With their Ben Folds-meets-Supergrass style of contemplative power pop, Codaphonic are the clear odd men out, but they possess an earnestness and vivacity that just might work for the bill. Fresh off tour, co-ed crew Six Gun Lullaby will bridge the mid-set gap between pop and rock with their caustic breed of garage punk.
Champions of meta-rock The Tits and Totally Snake round out the bill with two of the heaviest doses of...well, heavy, all evening. The Tits kick out thunderous two-minute rock songs fat with squelching guitars, boundless energy and furious fills reminiscent of the Stooges and Motorhead. Totally Snake is all fist-pumping, irreverent excellence and a satisfyingly chaotic clusterfuck on stage. Powered by wild riffs, costumed buffoonery and a drummer who shows no mercy to the crash cymbal, the Snake plows through gang vocal-laden choruses with complete authority.
You probably won't catch a more gratifyingly wild show in East Nashville all year.
Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2008