Tropical Fuck Storm at Johnny Brenda's
I barely even need to write up a band with a name like that. Odds are you're already binging them to see whether I made them up. Yeah, they're from Australia, so maybe it means something different there?
If you're still reading this webpage instead of Bing then stop doing that and check out this video first. The video for Braindrops is how I discovered this band during COVID. It captured my sense of malaise better than anything else I heard in 2020. I also loved the cheap and insane DIY aesthetic. It reminds me of the video for Loser by Beck (a personal fave from college).
So now I finally had the chance to see them live on their first US tour (delayed due to the suck-C). If you're into crazy poetry you might like them. Think Protomartyr but more down to Earth... usually... The Future of History excepted. They didn't play that one but they did cover Ann by The Stooges. "Punk but Poetic" is perhaps apropros.
You may notice that I took another break from photography. Although I have been going out I just wasn't all that inspired to photograph anything. I basically saw a bunch of good bands I had seen and photographed before. Concert photography already feels like doing the same thing over and over, at least the band or venue or something should be new. The results are in my opinion a bit on the weak side since I'm out of practice but like I said I don't really need to write up or market this band at all because they're called Tropical Fuck Storm and you're either curious or you're not.
Skating Polly at Underground Arts
Skating Polly's set was too short. I have too many favorite Skating Polly songs for a ten(?)-song set to even come close to including all of them, especially when they're trying out some new songs too. Ah well, I'll have to wait for them to come back to town as headliners.
Together Pangea at Underground Arts
Together Pangea have released five albums. I don't like every song on every album but every one of them has some total bangers on it. At this point, after five albums, they can put together a set which is basically all bangers, and so they did. They are one of the few bands I know who can get the usually demure Philly crowd moshing, stagediving, and hell just moving at all. What an awesome show.
Corridor at Milkboy
My first thought upon hearing Corridor was that they were a Dream Pop band. The vocals are smooth and subtle and set a chill sort of mood. That could just be the French though (they're from Montréal) 'cause on second thought the guitars are awfully jangly. Every now and then they end a song by rocking out too. I guess they're more like a rock band, but one with some psych and shoegaze influences. You can dance to it (as people did) but you won't feel out of place if you don't.
I've been to Milkboy several times but never took any photos there. This is the downtown Philly Milkboy, not the short-lived one in College Park. A few years ago I thought the sound was good but the lighting kind of sucked. Guess they upgraded or something because the lighting is excellent now.