Opposite Day / New Franklin Panthers
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- Categories: Rock
- Event posted: Oct. 9, 2008
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
Opposite Day was formed in 2001 in Austin out of a desire to create music that "makes you happy, frightened, enlightened, and confused at the same time." The group's absurdist bent takes cues from Frank Zappa, Fishbone and Steely Dan, making it hard to pigeonhole but not difficult to listen to thanks to a latent pop sensibility. Plus, they totally shred.New Franklin Panthers is the union of singer/guitarist Grant Fitch (formerly of Paw) and drummer Jason Jones. Beating their instruments into a forsaken sonic oblivion, the duo composes epic instrumental rock that's neither "shoegazey" nor "atmospheric." Instead, it hits you like a ten-ton-brick with brazen hard-rock guitar riffs and lock-tight drum fills. The onstage spectacle is a drunken marvel of a thing that can be both spontaneous and premeditated-a push/pull dynamic captured on the group's debut magnum opus "Hot Dogs Are Cool: In III Movements."