by Chris Shaw
Missing Monuments sounds more like the power pop coming out of the Midwest in the late 1970s than the hillbilly rock-and-roll that Bankston had been cranking out through the mid 2000s, showing his versatility as a songwriter and his knack for a guitar hook. Tonight marks the first time Bankston has played Memphis since resurrecting the Persuaders for a performance at Gonerfest 9.
Playing second on the bill is local garage-rock act the Manatees, who are rumored to finally have a debut single out soon. The Manatees have perfected a sound that sits somewhere in between black metal and garage rock, with no ties to a specific genre or song structure. Normally playing clubs like the Lamplighter and the Buccaneer, this is a rare chance to see the Manatees perform on a stage with someone running sound.
Opening the show is newish Memphis band the Switchblade Kid, featuring prominent local guitarist Harry Koniditsiotis as the band's songwriter and front man. Well known locally for his work in both the Angel Sluts and Twin Pilot, Koniditsiotis' versatility on guitar has long been on display, but up until now fans of his had to choose which side they wanted to see. With Angel Sluts playing crunchy, 1990s-influenced punk and Twin Pilot cranking out pedal-centric shoegaze, the Switchblade Kid gives Koniditsiotis a chance to showcase his talents without playing two separate shows, mixing elements of shoegaze with the straightforward punk he’s been playing for years. Tonight’s action starts at 9 p.m., with the first band going on at 10 p.m. Admission is $7.00. The show is 21 and up.