12/01 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
12/02 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
12/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
12/05 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman St.
12/06 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
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.
White Reaper recently released a music video for their song "Pills." This song comes off of their debut full length recording entitled White Reaper Does It Again, which was released in July of this year on Polyvinyl Records. They played almost all of the songs off this album. Each song was as catchy as the last. They were fast and upbeat and had you wanting to jump up and down with the rest of the crowd.
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 7th 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.
Together PANGEA is on the road promoting their newest EP entitled The Phage EP which was produced by Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and released on Burger Records in October of this year. Not only did they play selections off this EP, they threw in some old songs off their two full length releases dating back to 2010/2011.
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.
together PANGEA at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (29 November 2015)