Atlanta’s Microwave and New Jersey’s Can’t Swim bring their co-headlining summer tour through Savannah on Aug. 4. New York-based aggressive punks Drug Church and Atlanta’s King of Summer will open the show.
Helmed by singer/guitarist Nathan Hardy, Microwave stirs up a sweet mixture of emo and straight punk, with blasts of hardcore, creating dynamic and fluid rock music. Lyrically grounded in Hardy’s escape from a heavily religious background, Microwave weaves the personal into emotive yet accessible tunes that bang. They last played Savannah at AURA Fest earlier this year.
Chris LoPorto formed Can’t Swim in 2015 in Keansburg, N.J. After years behind the drum kit, LoPorto started writing songs. His friends approved and backed him up. Can’t Swim emerges from the emo and indie-rock world, but catapults into a straightforward rock and punk-inspired realm with a captivating ease.
From the perhaps genius mind of enigmatic frontman Patrick Kindlon (Self Defense Family), Drug Church’s aggressive punk is often a sardonic look at society. It shines through the filter of loud, fast, heavy riffs that bring a grounding, serious mood to lyrics about standing in line or being poor. Bordering on noise-rock, Drug Church draws hints from the experimental realm coupled with hardcore sensibilities, all driven by a solid punk-rock foundation.
King of Summer
A brand-new Atlanta band, King of Summer returns to Savannah for this show and will be back in September if you miss them this time. The power-pop quartet released their first EP last year. “Rock N Rollers From Hell” rips with pop-punk speed and sarcasm, straight-rock undertones, and speckles of emo; the best attributes of modern punk music.