While we hope most folks understand the inherent value and need for diversity within the DIY scene, it is unfortunately rare to attend a show where every band on the bill features non-male members.
Bucking this trend for the better, Thursday night at Gallery5 played host to an awesome gig featuring Philadelphia’s Worriers and Thin Lips, Australian trio Camp Cope and local support from Doll Baby.
Richmond alternative punks Doll Baby (EggHunt Records) started off the night with a new, unrecorded song titled “Dose.” Singer and guitarist Julie Storey captivated listeners with her voice, ranging from a mesmerizing warble on songs like “Silver Stars,” to sharp screams during the climax of “Softee.”
It was a bittersweet set though, as it was the last for bassist Chris Carreon before he moves to Philadelphia later this month. It’s been awesome to see him with the band over the past year, and we wish him the best on his move and all of the future tunes he’s going to make up north!
Their group closed with “The Great Divide,” a song that lulls you in you with slow, hypnotizing verses building up to an explosive outro which perfectly segued into the coming high energy set from Thin Lips.
Despite playing as a three piece, Thin Lips (Lame-O Records) accomplish a big, full sound. Opening the set with fast-paced, catchy riffs, vocalist and guitarist Chrissy Tashjian encouraged “queers to the front,” welcoming a surge of audience members front and center. Their set flew by in the best of ways.
Camp Cope, an alternative rock trio from Australia, dove into their set with a melodic opener, “Done,” fronted by Georgia Maq’s powerful voice and propelling guitar. The plaintive and emotional band seemed to sound even more full live than recorded, engrossing the audience as Maq belted her way through confessional and observational quips. The group nailed their particular brand of simultaneously uplifting and aching music to a t.
Worriers ended the show with an extremely lively, dynamic performance. Singer Lauren Denitzio’s mellow, crooning vocals were at their best on songs such as “They/Them/Theirs” and crowd favorite “Most Space.” The band also featured Lou Hanman (of the band UK band Caves) on guitar, who drove the set with a constant, contagious energy.
The crowd especially dug into “Glutton for Distance,” a song with aching lyrics that describe experiencing a long distance relationship. Denitzio paused their exuberant performance only a few times, once to express their fondness for tour mates Thin Lips and Camp Cope and again to give praise to Doll Baby.
Watching each band, it felt as if everyone on the tour had become fast friends. They spoke of each other with affection and admiration, a special comradery slowly unveiled itself throughout the night. And I’m just happy that we got to share in that feeling, even if for a fleeting moment.
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