Though we missed opening act The Cannomen, we did manage what could be considered perfect timing in catching Huntsville, Alabama’s Thomas Function from start to finish. The Heart of Dixie has given us few worthwhile exports in recent years but T-Func picks up more than its share of the slack, bashing out effortless assaults of accessible, melodic riffs that are so obviously and undeniably good, it makes you wonder why it’s so hard for other bands to do the same.
Next up, Bama’s neighbor to the west was represented by Mississippi’s Bass Drum of Death. A name like that evoked any number of characteristics in The Spin’s reeling imagination — deep and dirty electro groans, perhaps. Or maybe a didgeridoo-fueled percussion orgy fronted by a full-on gravel-voiced death metal crooner decked out in Juggalo face paint. Both sadly and fortunately, BDOD is none of those things. Rather, we got a booming drum and trashy guitar garage-punk duo slinging the kind of tough teen pop even old codgers like us can sink our teeth into.
Local ’77 street punk purist Cy Barkley stepped up next. Not unlike the Cannomen, Cy too has his share of the Scene’s supportive ink, starting way back with his first show at last year’s Next Big Nashville Infinity Cat showcase. The biggest difference between that show and this one is that Cy has a record to promote. Unfortunately, though, the Scene hasn’t heard it, so maybe Cy needs to send over a copy in order for us to say some more nice things about him.