Third Man Records tour serves up the underground to electrifying results (The Social)

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THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND 

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Despite rising to become a certified A-list name, Jack White has kept it pretty real. At this point, a guy of his profile doesn’t have to do shit. He’s already one of the true sons who’ve accomplished the rare miracle of breaking big. The guy could go on autopilot, or into a coma even, and his legacy would be guaranteed. But the fact that he doesn’t speaks to his hunger and cred.

He still holds impressively steadfast to his subterranean ethos and continues to deepen his bona fides with action and accuracy. Besides his ongoing musical projects, his stepped-up label work with Third Man Records is living proof of that. The label’s latest scene venture is the just-launched Audio Social Dissent Tour (Feb. 13, The Social). Instead of trotting out its big-name legacy artists like Wanda Jackson or any of White’s own studded projects to pimp the label, this maiden road show preaches the rock & roll gospel by tapping the raw, undiluted marrow of today’s underground. Orlando was one of the first cities to receive the tour and it delivered two of the most thrilling live bands seen in a long time.

Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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The first revelation was headliner Timmy’s Organism, the solo vehicle for punk hero Timmy Vulgar. This band’s vision of the great Motor City rock tradition is a head-on of flame-throwing flair and raw animal thrust. It’s maximum Detroit, stripped back to its essence and pushed to the brink. Once you see Timmy Vulgar attack his guitar like a carnal hunter, Ted Nugent will forever be camp.


Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Timmy's Organism at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
The other bombshell was Austin’s Video, whose sound channels primal ‘70s nerve and whose spirit is pure punk fury. With a forceful band, a perfectly intense frontman and an aesthetic self-billed as “hate wave,” there’s some real confrontation and subversive showmanship in these guys. It takes a lot to be taken seriously in leather fringes. But from the teetering, head-hunting glower of singer TV’s Daniel – one of the best frontmen in business right now – this is to be taken dead fucking serious. And though their music is good, it’s the sheer velocity of their live cliff dive that puts Video on a different stratum altogether.

Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
With recent solid ones by Riding Easy Records and Sargent House, it’s looking like a good tide right now for label package tours. But this Third Man one may be, pound for pound, the best one to roll through yet. For most of history, record labels have made their names (and fortunes) on the horsepower of their artists. But when the name of a label is bigger than the bands it’s sending out to represent like it is here, that’s a sure sign of a label that’s taking chances, putting its own skin in the game and trying to spotlight the underground.

Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
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  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour) - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Video at the Social (Third Man Records Audio Social Dissent Tour)
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