As it turns out we got there just in time: the show sold out.
Up first were Dirt, a new-ish local group that I half wrote off because of their silly, monosyllabic name. Fail. The three-piece were surprisingly impressive – at one point during their aching-punk rock set I leaned over to a friend and said that they reminded me of a band that didn’t necessarily sound like Nomeansno but they played like they should open for Nomeansno. New band goal? Regardless, Dirt were taut and well-practiced, and I hope to see more of them soon.
Up next was the highly anticipated debut of the all-femme Powder Blue. Featuring members of Foggy Notions, We Were Lovers and Ultimate Power Duo, the five-piece band looked completely badass with a massive light show backing them, much to the amusing chagrin of local amateur photographers. Featuring pounding drums and swirling, rhythmic guitar lines, the audience swooned and swayed while the members rooted themselves down on stage. Word is that Powder Blue will be playing again soon with Shuyler Jansen and Foam Lake.
Headliners The Reform Party similarly rocked in their usual mean, uptight way. Sounding well-rehearsed as always, I nevertheless found my attention lagging – having two amazing local bands debut before you is a hard act to follow. Regardless, the evening was pretty much a rousing success.
That is unless you were that drunk dude who totally bit it on the sidewalk in front of all those smoking people. Sucks to be you.