I needed a show on Monday night. I didn’t care what kind of show it was, I just knew that I needed to feel a beat vibrate throughout my body and be taken away from the stress of the day. Monday night’s show was a classic “blind show” for me. I knew nothing about the two headlining acts but knew that I liked the local opener of the night so I took a jump for it. I walked into the 7th Street Entry exhausted and completely overwhelmed but, by the time the three-band showcase was done, I left feeling refreshed and ready for whatever the rest of the week would bring.

I was lucky enough to catch Time Room (the opening act on Monday night) back when they headlined at The 7th Street Entry in March of this year. Because of that, I knew that their set on Monday was going to be just what the doctor ordered and, guess what, I was right. The trio kicked into their quick thirty-minute set with their distinct blend of energetic surf punk songs with a sense of calm behind them. I understand that that makes no sense but it’s one of those things that you just have to hear to truly understand. Their sound, at times, has this very Fidlar vibe to it and a very garage-punk attitude but, at other moments, their vibe turns to something just a bit more organic and jam-like with a sound that I still want to compare to Primus even after admitting in that last review that that’s a bit of a stretch. The fact is, this band is a bit unclassifiable. Syncopated rhythms, echoed vocals and a strong feeling of passion, my eyes are glued on Time Room as far as where their unique sound is going to take them and I can’t wait to see the journey.

I don’t quite know how to explain what happened after Time Room but, like usual, I am going to try my best. The next band was New York City-based Dead Tooth, “You know, like the dental condition” the band joked at the beginning of their set. I was instantly intrigued by their sound. Like Time Room, I found it a bit unclassifiable but found it beyond enjoyable. A cacophony of drums, guitar, bass, vocals, and even a saxophone- their set was perfectly chaotic and truly jaw dropping in many different ways.

Apparently the band didn’t have a great time they were in the Twin Cities and were called rubbish and rascals. I honestly have no clue where or when that was or if it was even true but it made it seem like Dead Tooth had everything to prove and nothing to lose on Monday night and that truly made for an electric set. The show was far from sold out but that didn’t stop this band from giving it their all. From the stage to the floor– the members of Dead Tooth were all over the place and seemed to never take a break throughout their set. There was something unorthodox and unconventional about their performance and sound but that made Dead Tooth a band that I will not be forgetting about any time soon.

Closing out the quick Monday night show was Dino Gala. With a more straight up indie-rock-garage-punk vibe, this band was the perfect thing to help ease you back into the night rather than continuing to be wired from whatever it was that Dead Tooth had just done. That makes it sound like Dino Gala was boring which is not what I’m trying to say. It’s more that there always has to be balance in a show and they balanced out the insanity that was Dead Toother perfectly.

Even though Dino Gala seemed to be plagued with broken guitar strings right off the bat, they gave the audience a stellar performance. Their sound was a bit more classic than what had taken place previously throughout the show but there were still some twists and turns along the way. One of the songs they played really struck me. “British” is a true banger of a track and I’m pretty sure I’ve already listened to it a dozen times this morning. Although it still hits good this morning, something about this track in particular really hit me on Monday night. It came with a surprise burst of aggression and angst with a more post-hardcore influence in the instrumentation that really stood out to me and solidified Dino Gala’s place on my radar.

I truly didn’t care what show I was at on Monday night– I just needed a show. Thankfully, I found myself at an amazing one and walked away with a couple new favorite bands.

Line Up:

Time Room

Dead Tooth

Dino Gala

Venue: 7th Street Entry

Smell-O-Meter: Nothing

Average Age of the Crowd: 23

Crowd Surfers- None spotted

Stage Divers- 0

Mosh-ability- 3 out of 10

Amount of Beer Spilled On Me While Walking Around- $0

Broken Bones- None

Spotted Flying Through The Air- Nothing

Fights- None Witnessed

Pukers- 0

Passed Out Kids- 0

Idiots Taken Out By Security – 0

How Irritated I Was With The Audience – 0 out of 10

How Many Times I’ve Seen These Bands Before (or at least how many times I can remember)-

Time Room– 1

Dead Tooth– 0

Dino Gala – 0

Celebrity Sightings – None

Overall Score – 8.2 out of 10

Show on Deck — Red Wanting Blue / Taylor James Donskey

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