Punk Rock Block Party
All Words & Photos By Morgan Laurie-Day
The weekend of Art Hop is always a busy one. This year was no exception. Big Heavy World had a punk rock show in Jim's basement. Five bands from around the state took to the stage while we barbecued and enjoyed a break from the rain. This show was made possible by Friends + Family, Get Stoked! Records and Stick Shift Records. First up was Black Rabbit, a Burlington based three piece.
Rutland's Get A Grip was up next. Evan is pretty good at getting the crowd stirred up. At several points he shoved himself into the crowd. Pushing and being pushed back, getting the people in the room to interact and respond. It makes for fun pictures.
Next up was a relatively new band on the scene here in town. Only the band is new not the members. Uppercut contains members from past bands such as Bombardier To Pilot and Listen To The Sky, all Burlington based bands. I was impressed with their sound. They are self described as Rock but I heard a little bit of pop punk in there, (and I loved it.)
Next up was hardcore punk group As We Were. These guys bring heavy sound and a ton of energy to the stage. The crowd in the basement got a little stirred up.
The basement show took on a softer tone as The Lentils played their set. A three piece group from Brattleboro equipped with two guitars, a bass drum played Indian style and a tambourine.
The last act of the night was by far the most unique. A one man band who duct taped a microphone to his face and had several instruments attached to his drum set. It was pretty rad.
Check out more pictures in the gallery.