The Atlantis Music Conference just wrapped up here in Atlanta and I wanted to share what had to be my favorite band of the whole festival, next to my friends, of course.
Chris McKay and the Critical Darlings is a very vintage powerpop rock quartet from Athens that absolutely blew me away. They were by far the best band at Vinyl on Friday night and got the best audience reaction, too. It’s hard to put everything into a 30 minute set with a STRICT timetable, but they did it. Where all of the other too-cool-to-care hipsters were just contrived or had no stage presence, these guys had a presence, with just enough spectacle. Here’s a video to give you a taste, though it doesn’t begin to do them justice.