Alex Lambert is packing up his drums and moving to New York City, marking the end of an era for underground music in Atlanta. Though he's quick to point out that he's only leaving improv hardcore outfit Blame Game and urban-psych duo the Flakes without a drummer, Lambert played a major role in shaping the skronking free jazz of Lie & Swell, as well as the progressive funk of Leblaze.
Finding more opportunities as a musician is part of New York's allure, but Lambert has more than music in mind. In July 2004, his longtime girlfriend, Hope Hilton, moved to Brooklyn for school. After two years of living in separate cities, all signs are pointing toward New York. "It's a very romantic city for me," says Lambert. "There's more of the culture that I want there and I'm kind of in love with how huge it is."
In the meantime, both Blame Game and the Flakes are hesitant to speculate on their respective futures. Blame Game's show at Lenny's on May 15 is not the group's final performance, but it is the last show in Atlanta with Lambert before going on tour with Finnish experimental pop group Echo Is Your Love. Blame Game is touring in support of a new 12-inch titled Ask Someone (Stickfigure), which may be the group's last hurrah.
"Blame Game will most likely not continue, but I don't want to close any doors for an opportunity to do a tour with them later on," Lambert says. After all, keeping the doors of opportunity open is the whole reason behind moving in the first place.
Blame Game plays Lenny's Mon., May 15, with Echo Is Your Love. $5. 9 p.m. 307 Memorial Drive. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com.