Sister Lip - Long Wongs, Tempe - 12/23/2013
One of Sister Lip's most popular songs was a tremendous cover of "Santa Baby." Monet was feeling it so much that she got up on her drum throne and danced during the intro before jumping down to provide the beat.
Self-described "coffee shop cowboy" Andy Warpigs got on stage next, and the only thing clear about his set is that Andy Warpigs is out of his mind. He let his butt-crack hang out while playing and jumped around on stage like he was high on meth. From atop the drum kit, which was played in the beginning of his set by Monet and the end by local rapper Dadadoh, to the floor of the venue, Warpigs marched around, singing in peoples faces and even serenading a girl with a very special Christmas love song.
The next act, folk-punk two-piece C.V.V.C, includes Starks and melodica player Mikey "Critical" Xero; the two founders were joined by Warpigs on percussion and Monet on drums. They opened with a cover of "Adam's Song" by Blink-182, and the improvised drumming by Monet really added the oomph C.V.V.C has been looking for.
Hearing Starks and Xero playing their more pop-punk "Jack," which Starks penned when he was 14, with a real drum backing, and not just the assorted odds and ends Warpigs brings to the table, was refreshing. It really made C.V.V.C's music sound full and encompassing in the venue.
After C.V.V.C's set, Sister Lip and some friends decided they were not done playing yet; Hilgers, Monet, Warpigs, Starks, Dadadoh, and others retook the stage for a jam session. Hilgers sat down on the throne and did her best on drums, while Monet took on bass duties, Warpigs played acoustic guitar, and another played Hilgers electric guitar. Everyone else played percussion or vocals.
The jam session did not sound great, but that wasn't the point. Monet climbed all over the drum kit, bass in hand, Warpigs yelled obscenities, Starks hated cops, and a merry night before Christmas Eve was had by all.
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