The cover of Appalachian Terror Unit’s EP “We Don’t Need Them” depicts a punk family lounging, singing and playing beside a campfire in the woods.

But that won’t be the scene this week when Appalachian Terror Unit stops in Savannah on their “Goodnight Alt-Right Tour.”

Appalachian Terror Unit’s songs are powerful manifestations of the West Virginia-based band’s “anarcho punk” sound and world view that disdains intolerance and oppression of all forms.

Songs like “Officer Down/Warehousing Prisoners” and “Casualties of a Rape Culture” are in-your-face challenges to the political and cultural status quo of the U.S. and the whole western world.

If you’ve never heard of Appalachian Terror Unit, it’s worth noting that the band was booked to play Savannah by Andrew Fidler of Black Tusk, the acclaimed Savannah-based metal act that has embraced its punk roots.

Appalachian Terror Unit, Lies in Stone from Savannah and My First Circus from Brunswick will perform after 8 p.m. July 13 at The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. The cover will be $5 at the door.


In a totally different vein, there is a promising midweek show July 18 with Dear Blanca and Nancy Druid at El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.

A trio based in Columbia, S.C., Dear Blanca explores a variety of rock genres, with each song seeming to have its own emotional tenor.

Nancy Druid is likely one of the best Savannah-based bands that you haven’t seen.

The talented songwriter, guitarist and singer Anna Chandler fronts Nancy Druid, and she is supported by an impressive lineup: Ian McCarthy on keys, Ethan Stewart on guitar and vocals, Peterson Worrell on bass and Jeremy Hammons on drums.

I went out for two great shows last weekend — Dead Boys at The Jinx and Okey Dokey at El-Rocko — and was reminded again how much slower Savannah can be in the summer than through the rest of the year. It’s a great time to get out and see both touring and local performers.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email