On Tuesday night, 529 in East Atlanta played host to a pair of touring bands — indie pop outfit Tangerine came all the way from Seattle with Boston-based Bent Shapes making the trip down from Beantown. They were joined by hometown acts Newark Wilder and Koko Beware for a stellar evening of off-kilter pop and punchy rock.
Newcomers Newark Wilder kicked off the night with a lofty collection of new wave sounds with frontman Benjamin Kinzer ending their set with a much-unexpected cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Koko Beware then took the stage, jumping right into “All Alone” off their 2012 LP, Something About the Summer. Fittingly, the group closed out their summer-inspired surf rock with the hazy, shimmering “Beach Babe.”
The summer surfing vibes did not slow down one bit as Tangerine made their presence felt. Seattle is not exactly known as a bedrock for sunny beachside pop, but Marika Justad and company brought their high-energy ocean and palm trees vibes to an appreciative audience. To end the evening, Slumberland Record’s Bent Shapes took the crowd on a fun post-punk and pop journey. Singer Ben Potrykus seemed eager to share material from their 2016 release Wolves of Want, and the band capped off their set with a rousing rendition of their acclaimed buzz track, “New Starts in Old Dominion.”
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