Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann0
Gallery: The Rock*A*Teens Reemerge in Charleston
There’s nothing quite like a beer-soaked, high-volume, amusingly sloppy rock band reunion. Last weekend, I enjoyed hooking back up with the Rock*A*Teens — am Atlanta, Georgia-based quintet with whom I played drums a years ago (between 1998-2002).
The R*A*Ts are doing a handful of “reunion” shows tied into the indie label Merge Records’ (Carrboro, N.C.) 25th anniversary festival this summer. Our first shows in 12 years were “warm-up gigs” here in town on May 16 at the Royal American and on May 17 the Tin Roof. We had main songwriter Chris Lopez on guitar, keys, and lead vocals; Justin Hughes on guitar and vocals; Will Joiner on bass and vocals, and guest/pal Michelle DuBois on keys, vocals, and extra percussion.
The Rock*A*Teens formed in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta in 1994 as a twangy pop/rock band with a vintage sound. I joined in 1998, replacing original drummer Chris Verene.
The band released a handful of reverb-drenched collections on the Daemon and Merge labels in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
The band has a string of spring and summer shows booked in support of Merge’s re-release of the 2000 double-album Sweet Bird of Youth (due on vinyl on June 3).
Here a few snapshots from the first two shows (thanks to Jessica Mickey and Devin Grant!). Check out the band’s Facebook page for more.
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