Ola Podrida At The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta
Written By Carson Avery
While watching Ola Podrida perform at the Drunken Unicorn last week, it became clear that there’s been a shift in the band’s dynamic. Front-man David Wingo, began his musical career as a film composer, which heavily influenced their first two albums- Ola Podrida and Belly of The Lion. However, with their latest album, Ghosts Go Blind, the band effectively uses an ethereal, poignant Americana sound alongside a fast-tempo indie and folk rock blend. The show opened with the album’s self-entitled track, a haunting rock melody with a bittersweet temperament. The following song “Walking Away”, contains references to the past album Belly of the Lion with allusions to the lion’s nest, further proving Wingo’s prowess with dreamy, emotional lyrics. The show continued on with fast-paced tracks like “Staying In” and “Not Ready to Stop”. While the band is effective with emotional, slow tempos, their performance was much more enjoyable with their more upbeat tunes. Ola Podrida has proven with Ghosts Go Blind that they have grown to encompass a dynamic sound while maintaining their folk roots. Although the indie-folk scene in Atlanta is still developing, Ola Podrida gave an impressive performance to an intimate, loyal fan base.