Last Friday, April 7 at The Mammal Gallery, WREK 91.1 celebrated its 46th WREKtacular, the station’s annual benefit concert in an effort to connect with the Atlanta community face-to-face not just on-air, sponsored by a local startup Spots.
Sea Ghost kicked off the night with frontman Carter Sutherland stirring in quick random punchlines to balance their heart-rending set, even dedicating one song to a piece of bamboo on stage. Squeezing in Weezer’s “Cannonball” in “Dog 69”, the band left the crowd with an uplifted spirit for the next band exwhy.
Despite drummer Jeanluc Freeman’s arm pain, exwhy gave a 100% solid, powerful set with a reminiscent mix of screamo and feel good tracks like “Good Love.” A song about “killing yourself,” exwhy performed “Come Misery,” a new unrecorded track. Although uncertain of when, frontman Jack Fowler expressed the hope of releasing a follow-up EP while helping fellow DIY bands of Atlanta with record label Megafuss. The band finished off their set with their successful debut album’s title track, “The Feels.”
StarBenders closed WREKtacular with an aggressive set, although coincidentally, drummer Katie Herron was also feeling under the weather. It’s hard to look away from Kimi Shelter and the band as they give the crowd an overall experience of “Punk n’ Roll.” They didn’t disappoint, as they parted the night with “Paper Beats Rock.”
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Photos and recap by: Katrina Merto