Larimer Lounge Presents
The Georgia Flood
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmLarimer Lounge
$12.50 - $15.00
This event is 16 and over
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As Dorothy Martin talks about her favorite song (“Medicine Man”) from her band’s forthcoming debut on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, you begin to realize the precise reason why her music is so bewitching.
No, it’s not because she might be more of a shaman than that mystic she met in Mexico City. It’s because despite drawing from a familiar musical tradition—they are a rock band after all—Dorothy’s music is rendered anew by this front-woman’s singular vision. All of it is channeled through her. There is no one quite like her. So it follows, there has been nothing quite like this band before now.
“We're not trying to fit into a box. We're not trying to write songs we think should be on the radio,” Martin says. “We just want to write good music. For me, the challenge is to be as honest as possible. I cannot live my life as a lie, at all. Every day, I wake up and think, 'What can I learn today and how can I give something back?' This is not selfishly motivated. The picture is bigger than me. It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with everybody. How is this going to make me better, other people better, the world better? If you don't have that, then why even do it?”
Even her contradictions make sense. She is filled with humility, yet wants to change the world. She has managed to tame any trace of an ego, yet knows instinctively she has something. In conversation, she pauses thoughtfully and expresses gratitude. On stage, she’s intimidating and maybe a little scary, but the possibility of danger that lurks inside of her music is what makes you move a little closer. It’s curiosity. You can’t take your eyes off her. But, she is the first to remind you that Dorothy might be her name, but Dorothy is a band. It is both her and not her.
“It’s like having three older brothers,” she says. “I had to magically bump into these people and it's almost like it was predetermined, or predestined. It really feels that way.”
Rounding out the quartet is drummer Dylan Howard, guitarist DJ Black and bassist Gregg. Rehearsing and touring and recording for well over a year, they’ve become a close-knit gang.
Martin is adamant about Dorothy being a group effort, but she no longer has to make that plea once you’ve heard the songs. The music they make is undeniably the sound of four, a muscular rhythm section elevated by the melodic counterpoint of guitar and vocals, all woven together into something not exactly rock, or blues, or punk, or even a combination of all three. Dorothy is its own invention, built upon familiar foundations, but sounding only like itself.
Take “Raise Hell,” a song that shuffles along with nothing less than the blues-rock audacity of a lost Led Zeppelin track. The first verse arrives and Martin upends the whole affair, floating high above the floor-stomp kick drum and slide guitar, conducting this sinister orchestra without a baton, but the singular force of her incomparable voice. Go ahead and make your comparisons, you are not wrong. This is music that belongs on the historical timeline that runs from Black Sabbath up to Rid of Me¬¬¬-era PJ Harvey and right through recent bands like the Dead Weather. But this is Dorothy—next on that list, written in bold, not hiding inside an overcrowded timeline.
The momentum of Dorothy’s rise speaks for itself. Just as Martin describes the formation of the band as something akin to fate, Dorothy’s recent tour in support of Miguel, Rolling Stone putting them high on their list of new bands to know, Levi’s grabbing the track “Wicked Ones” for an international campaign, and the band’s self-made clip for “After Midnight” captivating none other than the decision-makers at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to sign the four-piece to a label not usually interested in rock bands—Dorothy’s ascent is as transcendent as that pyramid in Mexico City adorned with the flapping wings of magic butterflies. In other words, you can’t really explain it, so step aside or join in. Either way, this thing, this Dorothy, it’s coming right at you.
“I'm just glad that they welcomed us and saw something special,” Martin says of signing to Roc Nation, while pondering the band’s future on the eve of their debut. “I try not to have any expectations. I'm always pushing us to be better. I'm my own toughest critic and I think this record is great. We'll just have to wait and see what the world thinks.”
The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. "Brooks would play guitar and I'd play drums back when we were just 7 and 10," says Lane. "We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party." But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the past seven years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists. Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences.
Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now. They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street's Coyote Ugly to Atlanta's famous Blind Willie's. "We're hitting our stride as a band now and it's a lot of fun. We're getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists," Brooks says. In early 2014, they teamed up with self-taught percussionist Rich Simmons, who is influenced by the soul of blues and passion of rock and roll. Who creates a full and dynamic foundation for The Georgia Flood.
In 2015, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they're currently working on to give fans of 2012's self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013's EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.
And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they're definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… "We just love music," says Lane. "Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond." One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like no other.
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