May 23rd, 2019 | Photos

Downtown Boys @ The Smell

Photos by Sarah Hess

Providence punk five-some Downtown Boys filled The Smell with an air of defiance. Between her punk sermons urging fans to fight a system backed by colonialism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, frontwoman Victoria Ruiz thrashed around stage, donning a black veil, like punk’s very own Lady of Anarchy. The band’s creator, Joey DeFrancesco, took to the air like MJ, never missing a note. Fans sang along to “Somos Chulas” and “A Wall.” The band graced us with an encore, which included Downtown Boys’ incredible cover of “Dancing in the Dark.”

Local bands Wavebreaker and Trap Girl opened the show. Trap Girl’s Drew Arriola-Sands left us with the quote of the evening: “The baddest bitches have the biggest dicks!”