Fresh sounds from Atlanta on display at Alchemy Tavern
There is a reason that Atlanta earned the nickname “Hotlanta.” This city has always boasted an extremely rich music scene that caters to all genres.
Fortunately, there are many excellent bands that manage to escape the confines of “The Perimeter” and expose the rest of the world to Atlanta’s freshest sounds. Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun is one of the shining stars of that city’s music scene, which has been spreading their electronically infused indie dance pop since 2008.
This quartet mingles live and synthesized instrumentation to deliver a sound that is as interesting as the band’s name, which was conceived while recording a demo during the wee hours of the morning. The band’s moniker initially found guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lauren Gibson and bassist Micah Silverman as they thumbed through a random tabloid.
“There was this article about what other countries could say to top America’s first words on the moon,” Gibson explained. “It said that Poland would say, ‘Today the moon, tomorrow the sun!’ At three o’clock in the morning, we thought it was very cute and very funny.”
As time progressed, the band accepted this statement as both their name and as a philosophical foundation. For the members of this group, this statement represented their ideas of succeeding in the music industry. While “making it” is a goal for any band, it almost begins to be a silly, unobtainable goal.
However, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun has been getting a lot of attention, especially at SXSW 2014. The group played four shows during that week. For these four young musicians, the performances were not the only appealing aspect of this yearly music extravaganza.
“It’s this neat sense of camaraderie,” Gibson said. “When you tour, you make friends all over the place. It’s neat that during this week that you’re all in one place. You look out in the crowd and see friends from Nashville or Buffalo. All these people from all over the place are in one place at one time. There’s a real sense of community at SXSW.”
When Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun takes the stage at Alchemy Tavern, they will be entertaining the SouthSounds crowd with cuts off of their upcoming four-song EP “Quads,” which will have its industry-wide release on Tuesday, April 29. However, the SouthSounds audience will have the chance to purchase pre-release copies at their performance.
According to Gibson, this release is an evolution of their previous work. Judging from the first two singles (“Youth Found in the Night” and “Walls”), this album will feature an indie rock vibe hybridized with synthed-out dance pop.
“We just really took the time to mold and shape them in a way that we’ve never done before,” said Gibson. “It was a neat thing to do. In hindsight, it seems like these songs took an entire year to write. I hope it shows a sign of us evolving. I think that’s necessary.”
After SouthSounds, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun will release video for the last two singles featured on “Quads.” The band will keep their touring to the Southeast in the near future for good reason. They will be preparing to tackle a full-length follow-up to “Quads.”
Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
Date: Saturday, April 12, from 10:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Venue: Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St., 251-441-7741
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