Bat Fangs at PhilaMOCA
This was kind of a weird situation for me. See, I don't expect to top the last batch of photos I took of Bat Fangs, which were at least the best photos I took in DC. *Sigh* I miss the Rock 'n Roll Hotel (RIP). Anyway, PhilaMOCA looks pretty good but it's not the RnR Hotel (protip: take advantage of the projector and bring your own colors). So instead here's something completely different: black and white, garage rock style. I think it works for them.
Algiers at Johnny Brenda's
Many, not all, but many of Algiers's songs are just so HEAVY, both musically and in the weighty policial and personal reflections in their lyrics. They've labeled themselves "Doom Soul" which is certainly apt. Isn't it interesting though that they use samples of gospel music in so many of those heavy songs? Gospel music can be about praise but it can also be about souls and suffering. I have the feeling their songwriter has a churchgoing experience more full of the latter than the former. It would certainly explain a lot.
One Way Out at PhilaMOCA
The touring band on this bill (which is a nice thing to be able to say once again) was One Way Out from Washington, DC. I think that to talk about them I have to start with their's lead singer's voice, which is much more powerful and soulful than I would have expected coming from a relatively young person. He's got stage presence too which is why he's in so many of these photos. The band's music is heavy and kind of funky actually. Not that they sound like RHCP or anything. I think they're more like Living Colour, playing intense music with enough of a groove that they just seem to have ended up there.
I would love to joke about the band's matching hazmat suits but honestly with the Delta variant and all they're probably being smarter than me. The door guy probably should have worn one too.