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The Red Summer Sun, Suburban Samurai, and Better Things at 242 Main August 27, 2016   Leave a comment

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

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.

 

 

 

The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Red Summer Sun at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

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.

 

 

Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Suburban Samurai at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

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.

 

 

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Better Things at 242 Main August 27 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Be Aggressive and Poxy at 242 Main September 20, 2013   Leave a comment

242 Main St

242 Main St

Yesterday was a long work day and I was feeling drained. I got out at 7 but did a quick turn around at home, and headed downtown. I arrived at Twofourtwo Main to find that none of the bands had started. I hung out for a bit, then BE AGGRESSIVE hit the stage. They were loud, fast and fun. They are a guitar bass/vocals, drum trio. The drumming is pretty snappy punk, but the guitar and bass were a bit more metal. They played a bunch of cool songs, then in the middle, played their eponymous song, that keeps winding up on my internet radio show. At that point, each song got better and better, and I was flailing happily by the end of the set. New guitar player, Pete, was constantly jumping and adding tons to the energy. John Otis Bro kept the low end of the songs driving and screamed out the vocals while Kevin used the drums to propel the songs. They were lots of fun and I want to know when they are around in the future!


After a quick tear down/set up, Poxy hit the stage. Their songs are short and fast and furious. Their longest song on their EP Pucker Power is around a Ramonesish two and a half minutes, but most are shorter. On stage at 242, the guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio showed poise and confidence and rocked the place hard. They played a coupe of the ones that barely last a minute. They did the cover of Earth Angel, that starts nice and slow, then rips through the middle section at breakneck speed. They played some new songs where they stretched the songs out a bit and played with a fast then slow dynamic. The whole show felt like 30 or 40 minutes, but clocked in closet to 20. It was a joyous few moments, and I can’t wait to see them again. They seem to be growing a lot and it will be fascinating to see where they go.


During the break, the realization that I had to be up at 7am took hold. I let my tiredness lead, and took the quick walk home. If I had started work later on Saturday, it would have been fun to check out the other two bands who played, and/or head to Nectar’s to see Wave of the Future and Savage Hen, but sometimes there is only so much you can do. I’m richer for having seen what I did, and am happy that I caught two of the bands I most wanted to see. Thank goodness there is no more music that is dragging me out again in the near future, and least not until tonight.