By Eileen Tilson
Did you know that “Orchid” comes from the Greek “órkhis,” literally meaning “testicle”? Some clever male (obviously) decided to name one of the most unique flowers after their own special part. This makes it even more ironic, that one of Atlanta’s most beloved, high energy bands, is named the Young Orchids. A bunch of little “flowers.” At least with these orchids though, they have reached puberty, and are proving that with the release of their debut LP Afterglow. Produced, mixed and engineered by Kris Sampson (Dead Confederate, All the Saints), the album is being released on their own RoadOasis Recordings imprint. The album is a collection of 11 songs true to the sound that makes them one of the coolest bands in Little Five Points.
Don’t let the fuzzy guitars and tambourines on opening track “Wipeout” be mistaken for some sun-bleached record. The album opens its doors making it known that this is intelligent rock. This is shoegazer at its finest. Spacey enough to want to make you whip out your Elvis Zippo, yet spellbinding enough to stick in your head.
“Hey Marshall” is a a hipster tribute to the Buzzcocks, complete with head bopping chorus, “Hey kids on the patio, you can’t dance if you’re standing still,” a nice little nudge to their Star Bar home. The sexiest song on the album, “Twelve Feet Tall,” is a swaggering Gallagher brother Brit rock trip, validating Young Orchids as a true rock band.
Afterglow remains true to its name. This is a feel good record dedicated to their devout fan base, but a promising introduction to the talent that the band has matured into.
Young Orchids play Star Bar with J Roddy Walston & The Business and Leslie on March 25.