All three bands brought the rage. The crowd brought the rage. I have a feeling the bouncers had a little bit of rage. An almost non-stop flood of crowd surfing, singers crowd surfing, the projector screen was even pulled down and used as a cape once.
DC's hometown raw and gritty retro garage rock outfit, Shark Week, kicked off the night with the band's energetic stage presence that set the mood for one hell of an energy filled night. They played their usual songs from their self titled EP plus songs from their new album Santurce, which was recorded in January down in Puerto Rico.
Shark Week mixes doo wop with catchy retro guitar licks, has a surf rock and garage rock feel to it, all with the energy that doesn't change from show to show. If you go to live shows in DC, go see Shark Week, you won't be disappointed!
The crowd really exploded when Illinois' The Orwells took stage, an intense rock band hailing from Elmhurst from just outside of Chicago. Almost immediately a sea of hands marked with Xs (yes, it seemed to be a bit of a younger draw) shot into the air as singer Mario Cuomo gave the middle finger to the flood of people ebbing towards the stage.
Kids were bum rushing the stage, jumping back into the crowd; Mario Cuomo following into the crowd as well and even spraying the crowd with some good old mouth water.
Coming all the way from LA, FIDLAR closed out the night with intense skate/garage punk. With a name that stands for Fuck It Dog, Life's A Risk, you can imagine how the show went. There's bands that have guitar/drum/etc techs that maintain the equipment and keep it prepped during shows... This band had what seemed to be a damage control tech, keeping chords from getting unplugged or tangled on people hopping up on stage, or keeping the show going while guitarist/vocals Zac Carper hopped in with his guitar. This guy was definitely need as one of the audience members took out the drums/drummer while coming up on stage. For the last song or two Mario Cuomo from The Orwells came up on stage to sing wing FIDLAR. In the end, was there any encore? Psha! The place was wrecked and done was done. A bad thing? Hell no... Great show! If you missed this one, you really missed it.