All photos by Katie McGuire.
And now for something completely different. "Please and thank you, Narco States!" They make a unique pummeling psychedelic punk sound without the sloppiness or wimpiness that usually seems to accompany the word "psychedelic". Right out of the gate, they tore through their debut EP from front to back. Singer Michael Meyer climbed, crawled and contorted throughout their too-brief set.
The final performance was from the band that all of the people who started the label are in, Southside Desire (I'm the drummer!). I think we did a good job. We played with a certain ferocity that comes from playing last after 3 of your favorite bands have been inspiring you all night. Our set featured a handful of songs from our debut LP Songs to Love and Die To but we mostly did newer songs that we've been recording in various studios for our next record, to be released in the early fall. We've also been lucky enough to convince Black Diet's keyboard player Sean Schultz to fill out our sound lately. Our final pairing of new song "Missing" with a ferocious take on "Walk Along" ended the concert.
And yes, thank you thank you thank you! It was such a fun night for everyone involved. And we really appreciate the support we've received to make this label get where it is. I heard several people talk about how great it is that a label has such a wide variety of genres, and we couldn't agree more. All of the bands make very different music, but they all have a common passion for music, and that's exactly what we wanted to show off on Saturday.