Leave your medications, beer goggles, and baggage at home because this Friday, December 30, it’s time to get down and rock out at the Drunken Unicorn. The Eve Before The Eve party will feature a musical triple threat comprised of two Atlanta bands, The Sexual Side Effects (SSE) and The Swear, along with Nashville’s Foxiest Band, The Worsties. With a theme of “Do Something Bad Before you Do Something Bad on New Year’s Eve” how could you go wrong attending this show?
The Sexual Side Effects are one of Atlanta’s most talked about bands right now because of their combination of a unique sound, a unique lead singer, and a unique approach to grass roots marketing which has proved this band not only as a local rock ‘n’ roll staple, but also as an up and comer on the national music scene. Their first single, “Aurora,” garnered the attention from an award winning music video director, Michael Simon (VH-1 Storytellers). Simon agreed to help with their music video pro-bono if they could raise the funds to cover the basic costs of the video. Within 10 days of a month long fundraiser, the band’s Kickstarter.com project had met its initial goal of $2,000. The Sexual Side Effects put on a high-octane show with an eclectic, electric dreamy 70’s glam rock sound full of rich chords, hypnotic vocal melodies, and ethereal guitars. (If you are interested in helping fund SSE’s first music video and receiving a few perks in return, you have until 6 a.m. EST on January 1st to contribute to the band’s Kickstarter fundraiser.)
Opening for The Sexual Side Effects, the other two bands are female-fronted rock bands. The Worsties are a high energy group from Nashville that mix ‘70’s era punk with ‘80’s glam pop and new wave beats. Formed in 2005, The Worsties have been constantly touring since 2008, sharing the stage with big name nationally recognized acts. Their music has been featured in TV programs, Journeys (shoe and clothing) stores, and Fuse on Demand. The band received the 2010 Nashville Independent Music Award for “Best Pop/Indie Band.”
The Swear will also share the stage with SSE and The Worsties. Fronted by award-winning songwriter Elizabeth Elkins, The Swear have also been featured in TV programs and movie soundtracks and listed for best albums of the year in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, and Georgia Music Magazine. Their music has been described as dark power-pop with an edgy rawness.
AND on top of all that – it’s only $5 for three bands, which is a complete steal for less than $2 per band! (Or less than $3 per band if you get there after 10 p.m., but who would want to be late to NYE’s pre-eve, pre-gaming at the Drunken Unicorn?)
21 and up only. Doors open at 9 p.m. $5 cover charge before 10 p.m. and $8 afterwards. CASH ONLY (cover charge and cash bar inside). (FYI – There’s an ATM in the parking lot in case you forget to bring cash with you.)
The Sexual Side Effects
The Drunken Unicorn
736 Ponce De Leon
Atlanta, GA 30306
featured image of SSE courtesy of Brook Hewitt for The Backstage Beat