Putting my nerd glasses aside, I like to think Athens, Ga. acts as a third point in the Triforce linking New Orleans and Sterling, Va in an obtuse, independent music connection.
The reliably brilliant Orange Twin record label, the Athens-based home to revered Elephant 6 fringe and Orange Twin collectives, debuts the sophomore effort of Nana Grizol, featuring members of revered indie outfits Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and Elf Power, as well as Madeline Adams and Zumm Zumm. Singer-guitarist Theo Hilton offers two-minute doses of sprawling, wide-eyed storytelling and frenetic, youth-in-the-wind pop-rock. On the heels of 2008's heartfelt Love It, Love It, Nana Grizol offers its sequel, Ruth, which drops later this month. Fans of the above-mentioned groups will no doubt fall for it that signature, dramatic brass on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is all over this one. The band's last appearance in March 2008, touring with fellow Athenian (former Baton Rouge-ian and Nana Grizol bassist and backing vocalist) Adams, packed a humid, red-lit Dragon's Den for something not unlike this:
Orange Twin, apart from putting out solid releases from the above (not to mention undeservedly underrated singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, who died Christmas Day), the label raises funds for sustainable development and preservation efforts in Athens. Its homebase is a 150-acre, eco-friendly artist village. Suck on that, Warner Bros.
Nana Grizol and Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? share the bill at AllWays Lounge tomorrow night at 10 p.m. Admission is $5.