With 200 people in attendance on a Thursday in Hell at the Masquerade in Atlanta, this garage rock two piece which recently reunited after a nearly 20-year hiatus, performed like it was a full house.
Flat Duo Jets, hailing from Carrboro, North Carolina, who’s sound has been cited as an influence by Jack White and is reminiscent of Dick Dale married with the MC5. They drove through a set of instrumentals and blues-tinged songs of heartbreak for forty minutes.
Chris “Crow” Smith’s kick drum looked as if it has been bought from an Iraqi pawn shop earlier in the day, the hi-hat missing completely while guitarist/vocalist Dexter Romweber’s signature Silvertone ended up losing its guitar strap nut. After losing the nut, and searching for it on stage for an awkward forty-five seconds, Dexter performed half a song sitting looking defeated. The band was as tight as their equipment was working. Fortunately, a friendly ATLien found the strap nut after one song, allowing Dexter to stand for the remainder of the performance. I’ve seen cats with better backup plans.
The fans didn’t care, this was exactly what they waited years for. A sloppy, under appreciated, two piece who could’ve been the White Stripes given a little more practice and matching outfits.
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