On October 11th, old school punk rock band Strung Out played The Showbox in Seattle. The crowd was in for quite a treat with such an intimate performance at the venue. Alongside them were two touring bands and a local opener.
Seattle’s Dead Bars Kicked Off The Evening
The local pop-punk was able to draw the crowd close to the stage while the audience danced and sang along to their songs. Vocalist John Maiello was very high energy jumping around the stage while showcasing the bands fun sound. Toward the end of the set, the band mentioned that they would be at their merchandise booth selling and meeting the fans. Dead Bars is about to go on an extensive tour across the U.S. and I suggest seeing them live. They are a fun show for any pop-punk fan. Check out their tour dates here.
Second For The Night, Chicago’s Counterpunch
The band had a backdrop that somewhat resembled the Motorhead logo with a mix of the Chicago Bulls logo. This was quite an attention grabber for many people in the audience. Their set started off with fast style riffs that would make any crowd wild and the audience ate it up. The half hour set was filled with fun sounding songs and many laughs. The back and forth jabbing at the audience and band members themselves reminded me of Less Than Jake. Counterpunch is a great band to see live. With their high energy shows it would be hard not to have fun seeing them.
Third In The Lineup, The Bombpops From San Diego
Vocalist/Guitarist Jen Razavi walked out and said hello to the crowd as the band went into playing their song “Dear Beer”. During the set Razavi mentioned that the other female band member Poli Van Dam was unable to make it. Even without their regular guitarist, their fill in did a fantastic job and the band rocked the house. The Bombpops are definitely a band to check out live. They bring a very refreshing sound to punk that not many can pull off.
And The Headliners, Strung Out!
With an anxious crowd waiting, the time had come for Strung Out to perform. As soon as the band stepped on stage they immediately ripped into playing their song “Too Close to See” off of the album ‘Twisted By Design’. That sent the audience into a frenzy as the crowd opened up a small mosh pit to run around in. Vocalist Jason Cruz kept the audience going wild with his high pitched screaming style vocals throughout the set. The bands energy was matched by the crowd the entire time. The hour and fifteen-minute set came to a close with the song “Mission To Mars”.
Strung Out has been a major influence to the world of punk since the late 80’s. With their wild live shows and hard hitting albums you can see why. If you ever get the chance to check this band out live I highly suggest doing so. You will not be disappointed.