The Athens band knows what it’s doing. It’s clear as soon as the musicians take the stage.
Launching onto an original song, “Animals (Mama Said),” the band—named for our city and made up of Beau Anderson, Chase Brown, Justin Granados and Zak Smith—thrash around the stage, long hair flying, radiating enough energy to power a city. The audience is family-friendly, full of teenaged fans and their parents, all dancing to the music and throwing the occasional devil’s horns.
On stage, they are a solid unit, as polished as any arena act, pushing themselves so hard that if you squint, you can almost see the pyrotechnics exploding behind them.
The oldest person on stage is 17.
Three of the band members are in high school; the fourth is in seventh grade. And yet their talent, music knowledge and stage presence is mature far beyond their