By John Hanley
Baton Rouge may not be quite as recognized as New Orleans when it comes to art and music, but it has an impressive and expansive scene when it comes to local music and arts. New and young bands can be found pretty much everywhere, and every week brings at least one or two shows in local venues and from local bands. Next week will be no exception.
Local record store Atomic Pop Shop will be hosting a show with local bands Camp Life, Neat, The Chambers, and Della on Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. All four bands are unique, but fit a general style of punk, rock, and alternative. The bands linked up from attending one another’s shows and generally liking each other’s sound.
“This is a solid lineup of local bands who are active in pushing good music,” said Nick Lauve, the guitarist for Camp Life. “These are some of the only bands in Baton Rouge playing this kind of stuff.”
“There’s going to be a lot of kickass music being played,” added Jordan Farho, The Chambers’ drummer. “With a pretty wide range of styles and sounds, there’s something for everyone.”
Indeed, although the bands share some qualities, they all bring their own defining qualities. Farho described The Chambers as a merge between “stoner metal and surf music,” adding that they “decided to branch out and do [their] own thing and it just kind of went from there.” Connor Theriot of Neat described his band as “some variation of a punk band that’s a little too obsessed with guitar harmonies and the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtracks.” He added, “I feel like we’re a band that’s kind of cheesy but with the best intentions. We’re really into outrageous riffs and music that makes you feel good so if you don’t take yourself too seriously, you may like us.” Della’s Facebook page describes their band as “Self Aware Indie Pseudo-Punk” and Camp Life’s describes themselves as punk, indie emo.
Several of the bands noted that this show marks something that has been in the works for a while, as well as being part of bigger plans for many of them.
“We’ve been trying to set up a show for a while,” said Theriot. “For some reason, bands in Baton Rouge and Lafayette don’t link up too often, but we’re looking forward to playing with these guys a lot more.”
Lauve added that he’d seen The Chambers at local thrift store and venue Here Today Gone Tomorrow and “they killed it.” Lauve later reached out to Farho, who is a friend of his, and the whole show began to come together.
Chris Bryant, the drummer for Lauve’s band Camp Life, says this show is actually acting as a release party for their 7” vinyl EP, adding that the band is planning to “go at it pretty hard and play a lot of local shows [and] weekend runs here and there.” Farho also says this show will mark their first show at Atomic Pop Shop in about a year, and that he’s excited to “play some fresh songs and have a new direction while returning to the Pop Shop.” Lastly, Theriot says that Neat will be releasing a 9-track album, I Don’t Want To Be Your Dad, on July 16, and will be touring from July 24 to August 1.
Atomic Pop Shop show has a cover of $5, and is open to anyone who enjoys some good— and loud— music.