I have to be honest, I didn’t want to go out last night. It finally got cold up here in Minnesota and, with a little bit of snow on the ground, it was the perfect night to stay in, curled up with my cats and a little Chinese delivery. Unfortunately, I was signed up to cover a show for one of the blogs I work for so I swapped my slippers for boots, trekked out into the freezing temperatures and went to the Fidlar show.
As I stood there waiting for the music to start, I couldn’t help but long for my warm apartment. I was scanning Facebook and seeing pictures of all of my friends making chili and watching Netflix. To say I was jealous would be an understatement but then The Frights took the stage.
I had never heard of The Frights before but, after last night, they’re all I can think about. Their set felt genuine and it was nothing short of fun. Their music was a little like if Weezer and Modern Baseball had a kid that was raised by the angsty side of Brian Sella, the singer of The Front Bottoms. Their short set had more energy than most headlining acts that I see. I just couldn’t tear my eyes off the stage and just couldn’t stop myself from bouncing up and down to the beat.
Sometimes I see opening bands and think to myself, hey, they were pretty good, I hope they get the recognition they deserve. Then, other times I see opening bands and think to myself, holy shit… where have these guys been all of my life? The Frights were definitely that second scenario and, regardless of if they get the recognition they deserve or not, these guys are one of my new favorites
SWMRS was the next to band to hit the stage. I saw these guys a while back and loved them but was disappointed by the way the crowd just stood there and didn’t really seem to care who SWMRS was or that there was even a band on the stage. Oh my how things have changed.
The second SWMRS took the stage, the young crowd erupted into a pushing and shoving sweaty mess. There were people singing along to every single work of the set and I couldn’t help but smile. I liked SWMRS the first time I saw them and liked them again last night. It just made me so happy to see them captivate a crowd like I knew they could.
SWMRS’ music is a very upbeat, in-your-face, style of rock n roll. It’s got a classic sound but a unique feeling to it which makes it something memorable. Singer Cole Becker has this truly down to earth feel to him as he addresses the crowd. He felt more like a friend than the frontman of a popular band. When he spoke about his hate for Trump and his love for concerts being a safe place it felt real and genuine, like he truly cares. It’s that kind of personality and energy that turns a good set into a truly amazing set.
Capping off the already amazing night of music was Fidlar. I had stumbled into their show about a year ago and instantly fell in love with their quirky look, upbeat music, and high energy show.
This four-piece has a way of commanding a crowd without saying a word. They didn’t have to tell the sold out crowd to jump or even bob their heads. Within the first note, the crowd was going wild. The energy in the venue was electric but it was a laid back kind of electric. Fidlar’s music leans towards the surf punk genre and the crowd definitely helps with that feeling. I couldn’t help but get lost in their sounds and the crowd.
Fidlar is one of those bands that I could never get sick of watching live. They are high-energy and just have a very positive vibe to them. It doesn’t matter what you were worrying about when you walked into their show, the second they start playing you forget about everything except where you are and who you’re surrounded by. Nobody cares if you look like an idiot, nobody cares if you accidentally bump their drink, it’s smiles all around at a Fidlar show and I love that.
So maybe I didn’t want to leave my warm apartment last night but, damn, I’m glad I did.
Venue: Varsity Theater
Sausage Fest Meter- 6 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 17
Crowd Surfers- 53
Stage Divers-1- Singer of SWMRS
Plucked From The Carnage- 6
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-8 out of 10
Show on Deck- Fitz & The Tantrums