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