Last night, I went to see a big lineup of bands at the Heirloom Arts Theatre, including Suns, Martin Luther King, Three Wheeled Fonk Circis, Ghost in Your Basement, Montpelier, Statelines, and Fragments.
It was hard to keep track of who’s who because of the number, but every single group was excellent. They all brought intimacy and raw, punk energy to the show, which made it an evening without a single, bad moment.
Statelines is so fucking catchy, I can barely stand it. The first few taps of the drum make you want to move until the very, very end of each song.
Ghost in Your Basement stood out especially, because although they shared a lot of things with the other bands—twinkly guitars, hopped-up drums, and yelled vocals—they experimented a lot more with dynamics. Their set encompassed a wide range of tones, rhythms, volumes, and influences. Punk wasn’t their only predecessor; in their songs, you could hear surf music, prog, nineties-era indie, and early-sixties rock and pop. They were so engaging the entire time. I wish I could make it to their show in Litchfield, tonight, but all those who can totally should.