Atlas Genius Floods Cannery Ballroom
It was a rainy night for Nashville. Flood warnings were buzzing on my phone when I pulled up to Cannery Ballroom. I usually ignore those alerts, but I should have paid closer attention as I seemingly parked in the middle of a pond. I made my way into the venue soaking from the pouring rain. I literally had water pouring off of me, but it was worth it for what was to come. The venue was hot and muggy as Night Riots warmed the crowd up. I always love openers, and for some reason, I’m always surprised. I grabbed a drink and made my way to the front just as they left the stage.
Atlas Genius was next. I was so excited to finally see them. I missed their set at Bunbury Festival back in 2013, and this would hopefully make up for that. They were supporting Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, but I won't tell lies, I’m a far bigger fan of Atlas.
When the stage was finally set, the band came out and opened the show with “If So” from When It Was Now. For the most part, Atlas Genius played songs from their latest album Inanimate Objects, like “Stockholm” and “Molecules." At some point during “Stockholm," I had a sort of an "aha!" moment. I completely attribute that moment to Atlas Genius and their phenomenal performance.
They performed a cover of "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" which was amazing. They wrapped up their set with everyone's all time favorite, "Trojans." If I didn’t know who was on the bill, I would have begged for more.
I was able to walk back to my car in the rain and wade through the pond a happy camper. I’m pretty sure I’ll be reliving the show over and over in my head for the next week at least. Catch Atlas Genius on the Zombies In America tour with Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and Night Riots. Check out tour dates and get tickets here.
Cover Photo by Bessie Johnson for Bullet Music.