Two Inch Astronaut opened the night to an already packed house at the Wonder Bar, working through complex rhythms and plenty of heavy alt-rock breakdowns. Later, drummer Matt Gatwood could be seen at the bar agonizing over his beloved Capitals who would eventually fall to the Penguins in a deciding Game 6 of their NHL Playoffs match up.
With a new single tow, which they didn’t play, sadly, Speedy Ortiz hit the stage next with a beautifully arranged set of emotional peaks and valleys, mining the varying alt-rock brilliance of their still blooming discography. According to SIMGE Staff Photographer Mike Petzinger, his photos below, lead vocalist/guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ shoes were “On Fleek.” No arguments there.
It had (cue Scott Aukerman) been a while since Hop Along last graced the shores of Asbury Park, as they closed the night with buoyed by incomparable aesthetic. Lead vocalist/guitarist Frances Quinlan made note of the fallen Asbury Lanes, where Hop Along last played in September of 2013, asking where people did their bowling in the area now. I believe somebody answered, “In the streets.”
All in all, it was a great evening of modern indie-rock on a typically “off” night in Asbury Park. The bands were excellent, the room was packed and the breeze off the Asbury Park waterfront cruelly teased a summer just out of grasp.
Big ups to Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz and Two Inch Astronaut for bringing the goods and you’ll find great photos of all of them live from the Wonder Bar below.
Two Inch Astronaut