Although it took me a hot minute to work around the construction going on all around Asbury Park, I made it to Asbury Lanes last Saturday to catch rising NJ rockers Romp, recent Don Giovanni Records signee Mitski, and one of the best live acts around in Screaming Females.
Romp claims to be tight, and they lived up to that distinction firing up out of the New Brunswick basement scene with a bold, melodic sound.
Mitski turned in an absolutely arresting performance following the hype of her big SXSW takeover. Backed by a guitarist and drummer, the artist immediately grabbed the attention of stragglers meandering in the far pockets of Asbury Lanes with the pop-shredder “Townie” off of her soon-to-be-reissued stunner Bury Me At Makeout Creek.
The set worked at the whim of Mitski’s pensive, intense approach as she established moods with slow bass plucks or set her guitar down on a stand striking it and letting the reverb swell and disappear like a ghost. Her seemingly limitless range piqued on “Drunk Walk Home” where she screamed absolute bloody hell with much of the audience looking on in awe.
Definitely pre-order your copy of Bury Me At Makeout Creek.
Screaming Females‘ were, in a word, Screaming Females. It seems as though they can bust out any song out of their extensive, excellent catalogue at this point with latest LP, Rose Mountain, shining through nicely in the live arena. I’d love to see them go set-list-less going forward and just let the flow guide them. Their individual prowess is pretty much unparalleled among bands of their level at this point. Mastery and Majesty, we are not worthy.
Check out some brief snippets of Screaming Females, Mitski, and Romp at Asbury Lanes below.