Above: Baby Shakes play the first night of the Atlanta Mess-Around.
And when talking about punk rock in Atlanta, you start with B Jay Womack, alias Bobby Ubangi (Lids, Gaye Blades, Bobby & the Soft Spots). Like the Gaye Blades, Blade II is anchored by the duo of Ubangi and Jared Swilley (Black Lips), but with (Gentleman) Jesse Smith and Dave Rahn (Lids, Carbonas) rounding out the all-star quartet on drums. The group opened the Mess-Around with rough, rollicking set of mostly Gaye Blades songs with a few new tunes interspersed. Ubangi, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, played well but seemed to have a tough time on stage, though the outpouring of support he's received since his diagnosis continued throughout the night.