PROTOMARTYR + SHAME + GLAARE @ THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM
Photos and words by David Fisch
Last night was hit with two setbacks for Angelenos: clocks moving forward for Daylight Savings Time and heavy rain. But there was nothing that could possibly stop the ferocious punk line-up at The Teragram Ballroom from tearing it up, and the adoring fans convened and moshed accordingly.
Detroit’s Protomartyr arrived in LA in support of their latest LP Relatives In Descent. Performing rollicking singles like “Don’t Go To Anacita,” “A Private Understanding,” and “Come & See,” the four-piece unit was a well-oiled machine, with leader Joe Casey’s diaristic lyrics and vocals exploring existential dread driving the power and angst of the band’s tight melodies. Beer after beer and running out of explanations for why the audience should go see the film The Hurricane Heist, he jokingly expressed his dismay to be performing the next song in the set – another example of the band’s penchant for bitingly satirical observations. By the time they arrived to “Half Sister,” it was easy to feel fully-enveloped in their sharp post-punk sensibilities.
As part of their last show touring with Protomartyr, the UK’s Shame saw perhaps the most energy of the evening, playing tracks from their debut LP Songs of Praise and literally throwing themselves across the stage and into the crowd. Lead vocalist Charlie Steen was up-front and center and implored us to get closer to the stage, ramping up “Concrete” and “Gold Hole” by crowd surfing and pouring water on the ever-growing mosh pit. Bassist Josh Finerty flew into the air and lay playing on the ground. It was raucous and cantankerous and utterly joyful, and with two band members celebrating birthdays (cake was brought out on stage), it made for a memorable farewell to LA until next time.
LA’s own GLAARE opened the night with dark wave vibes from their LP To Deaf and Day.