Iron Chic, Low Culture, Lenguas Largas, Rumspringer - Yucca Tap Room - 3/14/14

Categories: Last Night

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Low Culture.
Las Cruces' Low Culture play a driving blend of garage-damaged pop punk that pays respect to fellow New Mexico greats Scared of Chaka while also incorporating the classic boozed soul of Gainesville style pop punk. Though the crowd had noticeably thinned a bit, the enthusiasm was still very present with plenty of fist pumping gang vocals, plus the spectacle of a linebacker-sized Islander sling-shoting P.B.R. equipped patrons across the dance floor. The set flowed by with relative consistency punctuated with sauced stage banter courtesy of guitarist and vocalist, Chris Mason.

There was a near palpable vibe of anticipation emanating from the crowd as Iron Chic was finally onstage tuning up. Noticeably exhausted and far from home it was later explained that they had run into trouble with having to navigate a major van breakdown. It's fair to say the audience was completely hammered at this point and a younger crowd had started to fill the blanks in the room, making it near elbow to elbow.

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Iron Chic.

As the first song finally relieved the tension it was gang vocals and pogoing all around. Quite impressively, lead singer Jason Lubrano managed to drain an entire tall can within the confines of this kick off jam, sometimes eschewing vocal duties completely to give priority to the libation. Paying homage to the heartfelt anthem styling of Hot Water Music, the New Yorkers flew through track after track of eccentrically titled rippers such as "Cutsey Monster Man," that ironically possess the first line "I'm gonna smash my face into this goddamn radio."

Such is the modus operandi for Iron Chic's lyrical content, giving the impression that they have a sincere message but don't insist on taking it too seriously. The set was extensive and well coordinated, containing no noticeable inconsistencies start to finish. Certainly no fan was left wanting.

Bottom line: this was everything a great bar show is supposed to be. All killer, no filler and a guaranteed hangover in the morning. What more could you ask for?

Critic's Notebook

Last Night: Iron Chic, Low Culture, Lenguas Largas, Rumspringer at Yucca Tap Room

The Crowd: Punks.

Best Bathroom Graffiti: "Whupi Puhpi Lives!"

Best Performances: Mark Beef of Lenguas Largas doing a two-riff solo intermission of a Fang song and Wes Korte doing a solo intermission of a Spice Girls song.

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Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

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