Rozwell Kid, Posture & The Grizzly, Losing Season, Perennial @ The Eclectic (Willimantic CT) 6/24 By Zack Gomez
On June 24th, I went to see Rozwell Kid (representing West Virginia) at The Eclectic, a comfy mid-sized ballroom in downtown Willimantic which has hosted art shows, workshops and local music since its inception early this year. It also has UV lights on the ceiling (a fact I was unaware of when I decided to wear a neon top and bright blue shorts) and a sound system best described as "overkill".
Perennial (an experimental, art-flavored punk band) opened the show. Their style of vocal delivery leaned pretty far towards hardcore, while their music was driven hard by fuzzy guitars, synthesizers and punchy drums in a haphazard style that reminded me favorably of Thee Oh Sees.
After a quick break, which I spent exploring the venue, alt-rock act Losing Season kicked off a set made up mostly of new music. Their last release (a 7" called "Spin", cut in Connecticut at Silver Bullet Studios) came out two years ago. I was glad to be introduced to them through their latest and greatest material.
The third band was the only one on the bill I'd seen before (at Crunch House in the Year of the Goth 2014). I was familiar with Posture & The Grizzly's sound and I was all too happy to see them again, this time with fresh music off their 2016 LP "I Am Satan".
Headlining act Rozwell Kid has been described to me as "for fans of Weezer". As luck would have it, I am a Weezer fan, and Rozwell Kid hit the spot. Their set was tight, energetic and charming, complete with unruly mops of hair and wild stage antics. At the end of the show, the entire band froze in place, allowing time for applause from an audience that, unfortunately, didn't feel fully connected. I was disappointed by the lack of energy and hype for such a rockin' band, but otherwise I loved the show!
Photos belong to Zack Gomez
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