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With Snakehole, the Band in Heaven, Dharma Days, and M-Tank
The Snooze Theater, Lake Park
Wednesday, July 21
Better than: A parallel universe in which the Snooze Theater is actually a Snus depot.
M-Tank, from South Carolina, opened the proceedings with power-poppy-punk-garage rock. Speedy and simple like Screeching Weasel and occasionally anthemic like the late, great Exploding Hearts.
Dharma Days were up next, and this was our first time seeing central member Dion Kerr backed up by Snooze maestros (see also: Cop City/Chill Pillars, Love Handles) Jordan Pettingill and C.J. Jankow. The Days cooled things off with groove-oriented fuzz-churners that recalled the Velvet Underground at their most straightforward or Yo La Tengo at their heaviest.
The Band In Heaven kept things heavy on the vibes, with throbbing, relatively polite shoegaze.
Orlando's Vein Creins played situationally appropriate Reatard rock, but at this point we were a little garage'd out.
All in all, a fun, casual night of music at the Snooze.
The crowd: A well-sized Wednesday-night smattering of young adults (not too hip, not too square) that watched all of the bands.
Overheard: "...And that's how we coined the term 'fecal olympics.'"
Random detail: The Snooze bathrooms should win a Best of Broward/Palm Beach.
Snakehole's Set List:
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