I had no expectations for last night.

I had never heard of White Reaper or Together Pangea. I didn’t even know if there was going to be a local opener or just the two touring bands. I had no clue what kind of music it was, if there was going to be a crowd or not… I was clueless.

Surf punk. I know what it is. I’ve heard of it. I have nothing against it, but I never got into it. Last night changed that and opened my eyes to a whole new genre that I really see myself getting into. The last time I saw a show like this was the Fidlar show (I Hope We’ll Make It To The End). That night I was completely blown away by the music. The same thing happened last night.

The show started with local group Frankie Teardrop. I have heard of these over and over again but have never gotten a chance to see them. That changed last night and now I have a new favorite local band. They were fun to watch and enjoyable to listen to. They had a very raw, garage band sound but it wasn’t crappy like some of those bands tend to be.

The four members genuinely looked like they were having fun on stage. Bands that look bored on stage are an automatic turnoff for me. I don’t care if there are ten kids or one thousands kids at your show. I want to see people enjoying themselves. Not people that make it look like playing a show is a chore or that look like they would rather be anywhere else other than on the stage.

All of the bands did a great job of entertaining the full house last night. There was so much energy coming from the stage and it really reflected in the crowd. There was no moshing, no hitting, no punching or kicking. There was just a lot of jumping up and down in unison with the members of all of the bands. It’s been a while since I have seen a whole crowd jumping at the same time. Sometimes I like to go down in the thick of the crowd and just stand while everyone else jumps around me. It gives you a complete sense of freedom and makes my adrenaline go sky high. Eventually, if you stand there long enough, you can’t help but to be caught up in it all and start jumping yourself.

I couldn’t help but be completely captivated by keyboardist of White Reaper. I don’t think there was a second where this guy was standing still. He was all over the stage and it was honestly hard to keep track of him because I wanted to watch everything else going on at the same time. He seemed to be a bit of a goofball and would play the keys with his teeth and lick the bass guitar in between songs. It sounds dumb but it really did add to the fun factor of this show. Like I said, if the band looks like they are having fun, the crowd is more apt to have fun.

Headliner Together PANGEA had the same feeling as the other two bands. It was just fun music and people that seemed like they were having the time of their lives. The songs were short and fast. They weren’t performed perfectly. but they were performed with heart and that’s what counts and what I enjoy. There were jokes being exchanged on stage that made the separation between band and crowd almost non-existent. Even though we were at The Seventh Street Entry, it felt like we were just at a house show hanging out with some friends, having some drinks, and listening to some music.

All of the bands looked like they were having a great time. The crowd had an amazing time as well. Although it wasn’t sold out, there was certainly a good chunk of people at the show. Everyone had a smile on their face and everyone was watching and dancing along to the bands… the way a show should be.

I always judge how my week is going to go based on my Sunday night show. This week will probably be awesome!

Line Up:

Frankie Teardrop

White Reaper

Together PANGEA

 

Venue: 7th Street Entry

Sausage Fest Meter- 8out of 10

Crowd Surfers- 0

Stage Divers- 0

Broken Bones- None

Overall Score- 7 out of 10

Number of PBRs Drank- 12387 (just a guesstimate)

Show on Deck- Born Ruffians/ Young Rivals (assuming the roads don’t get too bad)

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