I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at 242 Main. I had plenty of time after work to get downtown and into the super hot sweaty club by the 7:30 start time. The Red Summer Sun hit the stage fast and loud. With a singer/electric guitar player, and electric guitar player, bass, and drums they had a ’90’s alt rock sound played at punk speed. The bass player and guitar player were constantly bouncing and spinning as they threw their bodies at the notes. The singer had a nice voice and the drummer was rock solid. Their set was short but energetic. They played their whole EP and a couple of newer songs and were lots of fun.
During the set break we all moved outside into the cooler evening air. I ended up chatting with Ryan Cohen about the music scene from past to present until it sounded like the next band were set.
Everyone moved inside as Suburban Samurai began to play. They are a trio with singer/electric guitar, bass and drums and had more of a classic punk sound. They mixed in some pop elements but mostly just rocked hard. As the intensity of the music built a few members of the audience began to mosh and everyone was having fun. Their set was short as well, but very powerful. I will have to check into them more.
Again, during the set break everyone moved out of the club to get some air and cool down. It was not long until a loud noise from inside signaled that it was time for the headliners. Better Things were there to release their new album Getting Worse. They are a four-piece with a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player/singer, bass, and drums. Their sound also has roots in the ’90’s, nice harmonies, and heavy rock. Their set was a bit longer and consisted mostly of songs from the excellent new album. There is something earnest and insistent about their music that intrigues me. I’ve seen them play a few times and they keep making me want to come back. After 45 minutes of blisteringly intense music they called it a night but the audience demanded an encore. They set the instruments and microphones aside, the guitarist picked up an acoustic and they had the audience huddle to the stage. They sang a beautiful song about the struggles of life every day. The effect was a beautiful mix of simplicity and magic.
As the last notes faded out I returned to the cool night air and took a happy and bouncy walk home.