Monday’s Lagwagon concert was a classic 90’s punk show down to the lost shoes on the floor. The mosh pit was wild, beer was flowing and everyone was happily singing along.
It was also a trip to see these bands in the same venue that I first saw them as a teenager some 15 to 20 years ago.
Opening the show was This Legend, a new band composed of former members of Yellowcard. While the poppy-est of the three acts this band featured some catchy tunes and insane drumming. As the crowd was a little thin for the opener I do suggest checking out their just released debut album It’s in the Streets.
Next up was Swingin’ Utters, a band I vividly recall seeing at Louis’ well over a decade ago but could not remember what they sounded like for the life of me. Their traditional punk rock sound was welcomed and quickly opened up the mosh pit. I’ll admit, I totally fell in love with vocalist Johnny “Peebucks” Bonnel’s odd mosh-dance moves he busted out while singing.
Lagwagon concluded the night playing the classics and material off of Hang, their new album which completely holds its own to next to any of their older albums. I’ve seen Lagwagon many times but there was something special about this show. Seeing 16 year olds slamming into each other in the pit and reaching to hug their friends instantly reminded me of my youth and brought a big smile to my face. The band played harder and better than any other time I’ve seen them and their new material added complexity to their set but completely fit with their catchy classic anthems.
Dare I say this was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen by a punk band?