The opener for the long day of music was A Bird Among Men. I am not sure how often he plays outside of Squashed Warehouse but he is one of my favorite acoustic acts in Maine. He has really clever lyrics as well as interesting vocal progression. His confidence has really grown since I saw him play for the first time this summer. Great guy, great music, a great start to the show!
|A Bird Among Men|
The Underwater Dogs were up next. I saw them recently at a house show they put on but they were actually much better here. They are a unique garage punk style. They somehow engineered an old telephone to act as a distorted microphone which is really awesome and adds to their fuzzy sound.
|The Underwater Dogs|
One of my personal favorites, QQQQQ played in the 5th time slot. I have seen these young guys several times and I can easily say that this was far and away the best set they have ever played. They cracked out all of their songs quickly and kept it simple. They are some incredibly talented musicians for their age and may have found the perfect way to temper that talent with some simplicity. Awesome set!
Stokin' the Neighbors are 3 guys who have played in several other bands and have a lot of show experience. They play punk on the poppy side with some edge. The drummer is really good and is extremely fun to watch. They played their first show here several months ago and it is obvious the music has progressed, look for them on tour in a few months!
|Stokin' the Nieghbors|
Brunswick ska heroes, Sonic Libido followed got the tough job of following an amazing set and were able to keep the pace without missing a beat! Folks were dancing and skanking all around the space. They won some new fans for sure, especially with the covers they ran out. Perfect picks for the crowd. Apparently, they are usually surly on stage but they seemed nice to the folks here!
Cross-Armed Calculator came up from Rhode Island for the show. They played a doomy, noisy, garage style with no vocals or bass. They were a lot of fun and brought their huge record distribution with them! It was great to see some new styles be introduced to the Maine scene as well as seeing lots of folks thumbing through records!
Jimmy Jacked has played mostly bar shows for the last couple years. They said it had been almost 2 years since they played an all ages show and I think they were surprised how many folks they played for that were under 21 at our space. The first half of their set was punchy, fast, angsty, old-school punk. They second half was a little slower but still loads of fun. The singer really gets involved and clearly loves to play. I think the band may have realized that the kids still like punk rock, as long as they can get into the shows! Can not wait to have these folks back.
One half of Black Market Pine was able to make it and played a great set! Honestly, this is quickly becoming my favorite Maine band. The folk punk unit is talented song writers with the best political lyrics in the scene. Folks are beginning to learn some of the lyrics and sing along as well, which is awesome. Maine needs more political punk and this band really hits the spot!
|Black Market Pine|
Closing out was our good friends, Cheers to Verona! They played some new tunes as well as the old hits. They are a crowd pleaser for sure. They are a little slower than the punk bands that usually play our space but they fit this show perfectly and were a great closer to an amazing night!
|Cheers to Verona|
We raised just over $200 to start some upgrades to the space. It was amazingly generous of all the bands to come and play such a great show! We are proud to be a part of the scene and excited for the future of punk in Maine! Thank you!