In the first Green Line Records sponsored show of the year, Afterhours exploded with the sounds of some of best up-and-coming rockers on the scene currently. The venue, as intimate and lo-fi as ever, gave way to an incredibly vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, as many concert-goers were excited just to be hearing music out of the PA system again.
First up for the night were dæphne, a local Boston four-turned-three piece who seemed to capture every essence of the slacker rock revival going on as of late…and then amp it up to 11. Playing relatively tight the entire set, singer/bassist Laura Brogan’s performance was especially impressive considering she took care of vocals in lieu of an untimely departure within the band. Somewhere in between the coarse nature of Parquet Courts and a younger Weezer, dæphne’s dynamic arrangements and lovable banter made them a highlight for me.
Next to take the stage were the more traveled All Dogs, hailing from Columbus, OH. I was really blown away by the power they displayed on a wide variety of different song forms, whether is was a ballad or a more uptempo rip. I thought the contrast of sombering and softer vocals played well against the grungier guitar structures, almost resembling a ’90s Frankie Cosmos (which is funny considering Maryn Jones opened for them on tour last spring as Yowler, her solo project). Altogether, their set displayed tons of grit, just cementing their status as a rising band in the indie-sphere.
After this showing, I am definitely looking forward to see where these young bands head with their next projects, and can guarantee that I’ll be in the audience when each plays in Boston next.