Monday night saw the return of Scranton’s Captain We’re Sinking (Run For Cover Records). Opening for them were three Richmond favorites; Clever Girl, Teen Death, and Sea of Storms. It had, as Derrick from Clever Girl said, “a very 2011 vibe” in the best of ways.
The night started off with Clever Girl busting out their catchy, fast-paced pop punk. With their catchy sound and energetic presence, the band conjured hints of genre-favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite. They played a good amount of songs off their new record, “Worst New Artist”, which came out in March.
Next up were grunge punks Teen Death (6131 Records). Opening with an untitled new song, they ripped through their set barely taking a breath. They went straight away into a crowd favorite, “Nervous.” Vocalist James Goodson spews blistering lyrics over a driving bass and hard hitting, fast paced drums, mirroring Nirvana and early Green Day. They closed with the punchy, aggressive single “Drag” as Sea Of Storms followed.
Sea Of Storms took the stage with their brand of 90′s alternative punk. Previously a three piece, they introduced their new guitarist, Nick, who has been playing with the band for the past year. The addition of a second guitar adds to the band’s thick, distorted 90′s sound.
Captain We’re Sinking then took to the stage, playing a powerful blend of emo and punk. The Scranton band usually performs as a four piece, but tonight Bob Barnett took over on bass to deliver several cuts off their new record “The King of No Man” (released in June on Run For Cover). The set was lively and tireless, expertly peppered with slow and poignant moments. Between songs, Barnett shared memories of past Richmond shows, including the first Stay Sweet Fest at The Camel back in April 2011. The crowd upfront sang along to the fervent lyrics word for word as others danced exuberantly behind them. Captain We’re Sinking delivered both upbeat and mellow tracks alike that excited the crowd. The band finished off their set with “Dance of Joy” inspiring the crowd to scream back the heartfelt lyrics, “We’ll be alright, keep your head up high.”
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Sea of Storms
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