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  THE JUPITER WATTS w/ Club Awesome and The Blue Hour  
  Cabbagetown, Atlanta, GA  
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So, Atlanta institution Lenny's (formerly known as Dotties), best known as the double wide with a view if the cemetery, is moving from its long time location. For some reason, this makes me sad. I know things change, but with various Atlanta clubs coming and going, it's nice when at least something stays the same. Then again, with its chronic maintenance issues, maybe it is time for this club to move.

Case in point: when we arrived on this Friday evening, PostLibyan informed me that there was no water in the men's bathroom. And this was before people had really begun to show up. Later in the evening, there was no water in the rest of the place either (Oh yeah! A sole women's toilet with no running water!), but I digress.

Anyway, the first band up were The Blue Hour, a local Atlanta band that I've encountered previously. They were enjoyable enough, although on this evening they played rather sloppily. Yet, despite this, I really enjoyed watching bassist Tracy Clark (formerly of Jetty) work. She's a very talented musician, who knows how to use her instrument both melodically and rhythmically. Still, it seems like she outstrips the other two members of the band at times. But when they can keep up, The Blue Hour has some good musical moments that are reminiscent of Polvo, or perhaps 764-Hero.

Afterwards, a band called Club Awesome set up. Looking at their relatively young age, I was immediately afraid that perhaps the best thing about this four piece might be the name. But, when they began to play, I liked them. They have a post-Interpol sound, punctuated by some rather pretty, effected guitar work with the occasional 60s style keyboard. But the music and rhythm is carried primarily by the bass, which gives the band a hard edge. Sound-wise, they made an excellent lead-in for The Jupiter Watts, and I'd really like to see them again when they could play a longer set.

Finally, The Jupiter Watts took the stage. This is only the second time I've seen them since they have permanently added two members: drummer Kevin Wallace and bassist/keyboardist Jared Welsh. This addition has enhanced and rounded out the band's sound, as it allows vocalists/guitarists James Trigg and Ramon Wals to focus more on the music at hand.

However, on this evening, the band was hampered by some technical difficulties as well as a rather short set that seemed to be cut short due to Lenny's usual Friday night "Trashed Dance Party." Still, The Jupiter Watts put on a great little show. They played some older material of their previous releases, but the highlights were the newest pieces. For me, the best of the new songs was the second one they played, a bouncy little tune called Nothing at All. Itís a summery, jangly song with rich harmonies and a pop sensibility. If anything, it reminds me a bit of The Possibilities, which is never a bad thing in my book. If this is the future direction of The Jupiter Watts and their recordings, I am all for it.

By the time they ended, it was growing late, the club was growing crowded, and there was no water (see above). In short, Lenny's was getting skanky in a hurry, and I was a little too sober to participate. With this in mind, and on this high note, it seemed worth it to call it an evening before the atmosphere deteriorated any further.

Related Links:

Let It Lie, the second album from The Jupiter Watts


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