Cracking a Cold One With AndLove - Show Review
Many locals up on the north side of Atlanta have stopped by the iconic MacCracken’s pub on the square in Marietta where libations flow from the taps as patrons unite frothy glasses to surviving the struggle that is life. Their menu features a wide variety of brews and fresh Irish dishes, including a corned beef hash that some guy named Alton Brown once described as "legendary".
But it's not just the food that draws regulars out to the pub. MacCracken's also prides itself on offering a safe haven for local artists to test their craft.
A few weeks back, local reggae/rock band AndLove took over the pub to amuse longtime fans and unsuspecting bar flies, alike. Composed of a classic three piece lineup, AndLove does reggae and does it right, bringing with them a setlist packed with groovy originals and fresh covers. Their guitarist and lead vocalist, Timmy Halischak, stole the show as usual with his outright powerful charisma and stunning showmanship. However, one man can only do so much (even Superman joined the Justice League). Backing Timmy up and filling out the lineup of AndLove were Drew Funkhouser, who kept it low and loud on bass, and Matt Browning, whose machine-like drumming held it all together. While only Timmy and Drew are founding members, the band overall sounds like they’ve been playing together since the beginning, as Matt brings 20 years of drumming experience to the table. Each member plays off of one another to create the raw, organic sound that AndLove’s live performances are known for..
The band opened with original songs from their freshman album LISTEN UP and sophomore album Life Gets Tough to test the waters and show their crowd what makes them a unique live act. They followed this up with renditions of well-known covers such as “Hurt” (in the style of Johnny Cash, rather than the original Nine Inch Nails version), “Congratulations” by Post Malone, and “Miss Jackson” by Outkast. They even whipped out some Bob Marley covers that got the entire bar up in a sing-a-long. Each cover AndLove performed throughout the night was given a unique spin unlike any I'd heard before, and the group's technical pizzazz made every moment of their performance something to really take in. To finish out their set, AndLove returned to their original material, giving the overall show a well-rounded structure, displaying a confidence that can only be found in some of Atlanta's best artists.
If you want some good music to kick it to on these hot days or even while stuck inside because of summer showers, give AndLove a listen on SoundCloud. If you like what you hear, give them a shout out on Facebook and follow them to see where this motley crew plays next.
Photo credit: Tori Leigh Radcliffe