Teen rolled into The Drunken Unicorn Friday night to be greeted by an extremely warm crowd of Atlanta scenesters. Touring behind their new album, Love Yes, the alterna-neo-new age girl-group set it off with soaring harmonies and a synth heavy groove that scream Brooklyn – and vibe-fitting outfits to boot. The band, made up of three sisters and bassist Boshra al Saadi, work seamlessly as a familial unit that didn’t miss every snapped beat by front-woman Teeny Lieberson.
Why the warm crowd? It started with two of Atlanta’s heavy hitters – Slang came on first. If you haven’t seen them – go. Lead singer Hayes Hoey is singularly one of the most captivating local showmen and delivers every time with no gimmicks. Add to that the band’s rock-cabaret approach, Slang slays, time and again.
Jangle-punk foursome, Gold-Bears followed Slang and with a set that makes it painfully obvious why they’ve remained a fixture on the Atlanta scene. Lead singer, Jeremy Underwood launched into “Yeah, Tonight” while the crowd sang along, even if it was their first time hearing the ear worm.
Just before Teen took the stage, Gold-Bears’ label-mates Mercury Girls, an indie pop band based out of Philly, hit the stage hard – with pedal-stomping, face-melting riffs mixed with ambient textures of dual guitarists and a male/female vocal combo.
Photos and written by Ryan Fleisher