*Excerpt from my upcoming still untitled zine*
This was the first show I went to in Portland that I wasn’t playing at. I went to see local Deathrock band Arctic Flowers, who were the only act I was familiar with on the bill, but they didn’t end up playing, which was a bummer, but it ended up being a great show anyhow.
I arrived at the bar a little late, catching just the last few songs in For the Lash’s set. Bummer, because they seem really good, solid post punk jams. The vocalist was an intense person in a suit with a nice gothy monotone and great stage presence. I hope to check out more of their jams in the future.
Next up was The Silent Numbers, who were kind of a mix between dark post punk and indie rock / shoegaze textures. On some songs they had duel vocal harmonies, which was kind of interesting. Overall it was solid stuff.
Wax Idols from San Francisco were the third band to play, and Jesus Christ they melted my face off. Their set began with a burst of heavy guitar noise, no introduction, no bullshit, they just got to business and started playing some awesome noisy dark post punk / death rock / punk jams. Vocalist / Guitarist Hether Fortune was intense and totally in her element. She had a raw Lux Interior / Iggy Pop kind of vibe, she kept thrashing around with her guitar and just generally had a pure command of the stage that was ominous and hypnotizing.
Towards the middle of the set the band started playing earlier material that was more noise pop / punk in a Ramones kinda way, but it was still really fucking good. After their set I immediately bought their cd, though because they didn’t introduce themselves and I wasn’t familiar I actually thought they were White Lung, and Hether had to correct me. But yeah, they were really fucking great, definitely the highlight of the show. I look forward to getting all their stuff in the future.
The last band to play was White Lung, from Canada, who were also really good. They had the most traditionally punk / hardcore sound of all the bands that played, though their fast and short songs definitely had a noisy post punk edge and most definitely didn’t bore me like many fast punk bands tend to. I was still kind of buzzed after seeing Wax Idols play, but these folks were intense and awesome too, really high energy stuff.. After the show I realized that I had actually heard and enjoyed some of White Lung’s songs on youtube but promptly forgot their name. I will be checking them out further.
All in all this was a good show. One the bus ride home there was a guy rubbing coke on his gums while reading a biology textbook, which seemed somehow fitting to what I had just seen.