by J.D. Reager
Day three of the increasingly influential local underground music festival Gonerfest is without a doubt the biggest in terms of numbers, with sixteen acts scheduled to perform at the event's two official venues, and several unofficial/guerrilla-style Gonerfest shows going on all over Midtown to boot (which has, incidentally, been the case throughout the weekend).
Officially speaking, the multi-stage "afternoon rock blowout" at Murphy's gets rolling at 1 p.m. with what might be the best single-show line-up at this year's Gonerfest, including up-and-coming local punks Manatees, "King" Louie Bankston's latest project Missing Monuments, and lo-fi Australian rockers Kitchen's Floor. But for my money, the highlights of this bill are local noise-punks True Sons Of Thunder and second generation gospel-blues practitioner Reverend John Wilkins.
For those still uninitiated: True Sons Of Thunder's live show can be a complete mess, with goofball stage antics abound and the band itself always too loud and teetering on the edge of control . . . which is what makes the band great. True Sons Of Thunder is one of those groups that can steal any show it plays by sheer, skull-crushing force.
The inclusion of Reverend John Wilkins at this year's Gonerfest might be the biggest and most pleasant surprise in terms of booking. Wilkins is the son of the legendary Robert Wilkins, and his excellent new album You Can't Hurry God was recently released by the Fat Possum subsidiary label Big Legal Mess.
Gonerfest 8's final night at The Hi-Tone Cafe is similarly stacked, with highly anticipated late night performances by Detroit art-punks Human Eye and San Francisco garage rockers Shannon & The Clams. But at the risk of coming off as a "homer," I'd say getting there early for Alicja Trout's darkwave/synth-pop band Black Sunday at 9 p.m. would be a very good idea.