With no shortage of energy, last Saturday’s show at the Fine Line Music Café opened up with New Beat Fund. The four-piece G-Punk band from Los Angeles performed a slew of songs, ending with their popular “Scare Me.”
Next up was RDGLDGRN, which if you can’t read without consonants, stands for Red, Gold and Green – the names of the band members and not coincidentally, the colors of their outfits. The rap/hip-hop/indie rock band from D.C. included lots of audience involvement, incorporating a serenade where the audience rocked their glowing cell phones back and forth to the beat.
And finally, at a strikingly early time of 8:15, AER joined the stage with fanfare. AER is a duo from Boston currently on their “Word of Mouth” tour in support of their newly-released self-titled album. The energy was sky-high for the entire performance, even during the slow songs like “I’m Not Sorry” and “Won’t Laugh.”
David von Mering croons and carries out carefully-placed guitar chords, while master lyricist, Carter Schultz’s, spitfire rhymes test your capacity to keep up. The lyrics describe real experiences, while keeping the feel light and fresh. The band has an ability to get to the darker side of things, but somehow manages to keep the air fun and exciting.
Random Thoughts: The crowd was mostly all of the city’s teenagers hopped up on something / Sounds like: Schwayze and Macklemore / Head upstairs during an all-ages show and you might sit front row
Check out their popular “Says She Loves Me” here.