I had a great time seeing music last night at ArtsRiot. It was one of those classic nights where I got to check out a band I was curios to see, there was one band I knew nothing about and one band that I knew I would love. They even played in that order.
I got out of work at 7:30, stopped at home quickly, then headed out a little after 8 and arrived just before 8:30. I had enough time to get a beer an Apartment 3 hit the stage and rocked it hard. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums they unleashed a catchy maelstrom of indie punk. Some of the songs were a little sludgy and heavy, some were were fast punk, but all of them had a nice flow and moved through their changes with ease. The only one I recognized was Winter Is Gone and they played it very well. They played a solid 40 minute set that ended with an off kilter eighties pop sounding song that evolved into a heavy rock ending. I really loved their set and will definitely check them out again soon.
About 15 minutes after they left the stage, Vundabar started playing. They are a guitar/singer, bass, drums band and their songs seem to be about laying out some riffs, pausing for a bit then charging back into them. The packed audience loved them and were bouncing along and lightly moshing for their hour long show. They played a dozen songs and the audience sang along heartily on the second to last. They reminded me a bit of Ten Years After but with some more modern indie rock sounds. They put on a solid rock show that was enjoyed by all.
There was another short set break, then And The Kids hit the stage. If the previous band was all about riffs to get people to bounce, Kids are all about well crafted songs that are fun to dance to. They treated us to several songs off the new Friends Share Lovers album, including the title song, and played plenty of the classics. They are guitar/singer, bass, drums trio though the drummer adds backing vocals and tons of effects. The audience loved them and had a great time singing the AAA-EEE sections of Cats Were Born. Their 14 song set spanned an hour and they wrapped the night with a stellar All Day All Night.
I headed out shortly after the last song faded out and was really glad I put the effort in. We are so lucky to be able to get such lovely music in Burlington.