Smoke Green at DC9
Smoke Green couldn't have come up with a blunter name. Like every third band I've seen since arriving in DC they are a psych band and if their name doesn't make that clear then their BandCamp sure will. That BandCamp has some of the fuzziest music I've heard in a while. Believe it or not they did have a vocalist at the time.
Their show, as it turns out, was surprisingly rockin'. "Beware of the Plastic Chair" has a lot more attitude when you can understand the lyrics. The cover of "Head On" they closed with was particularly telling. That song always rocks but they could have played it more laid back, like the original Jesus and Mary Chain song. Instead they played it harder and faster that the original (a la The Pixies?) and sounded awesome doing it. Of course there were mellow and sublime moments as well if not exactly "quiet" ones. I was just surprised at how much energy, and how much positive energy at that, was in their music.