Three killer bands left the Teragram Ballroom in complete awe on Friday night.
First on the bill was this powertrio of progressive math rock, Sea Monkey See. These guys slayed the night right out of the gates. With gnarly facial expressions and exaggerated stage stances, Sea Monkey See left the crowd with a mathgasm of sorts.
I was especially excited for the second group of guys on the bill, Strawberry Girls. I’ve seen these guys shred before and let me tell you, tonight was no disappointment. Seeming all calm, cool, and collected, ex-Dance Gavin Dance guitarist, Zac Garren makes his way to the center of the stage. Fueled by killer drums and heart pounding bass, Zac shows what this collective is all about: intensity. These guys make noise sound all sorts of groovy. Through and through, the crowd was taken on a rollercoaster of energy with sudden turns, drops, and loops.
After two solid opening acts, TTNG, formerly known as This Town Needs Guns came on stage. These Oxford gents were cheered on by fans of all ages. Frontman Henry Tremain takes on lead melodic vocals and bass, while brothers Tim and Chris Collis cover guitar and drums. The three-piece prove top of their game when it comes to technical stylings. Beginning their set with a track from their recent album release Disappointment Island, TTNG were just warming up. The set didn’t even get to track number three before they broke a guitar string. Taking the time to grab a new one, fans anxiously stood by waiting for this magic to continue. They really are just that, magical. From any spot in the crowd, you caught people swaying with their eyes closed, hands up to the ceiling, even some tears being shed… all the feels were present.
Disappointment Island is TTNG’s third full-length studio album and most definitely not the last. These guys take such pride in their work and it shows through their deliverance. Well done, gents.
Words & Photography: Danielle Gornbein
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