Want to know what the underground, indie kids are listening to? Well let’s see what The Frights and Postmark Records have for an answer. Your narrator has not been to SOMA since MIA played there a couple years back, but this is arguably the biggest all ages show of the year. So let’s skip the 500+ person line at the front and go through the back door!
The Thens kicked off the show at 3pm, playing to a packed room. No seriously, everyone was shoulder to shoulder and super eager to be away from the grips of their parents. Newly signed to Postmark Records, The Thens ripped through their raw, yet dreamy tunes with Max’s vocals soaring brilliantly over the impressionable crowd.
Annnnd the final act of the evening was your hosts The Frights introduced by FIDLAR‘s Zac Carper! Last time I saw these guys they were in a van outside The Merrow waiting to play to 10 people on a Tuesday only a few years back. Now, they took the stage to well over 3,000 adoring, love-struck fans. They always were great musicians and wrote catchy tunes, but now they are truly the hometown rock stars of the all ages scene. Their stage was surrounded by enlarged cardboard cutouts of a random cast of pop culture icons including Fabio and ….yes our current President DT. Much to the chagrin of the crowd, lead-singer Mikey ran onstage, punched cardboard Donald in the balls and through him into the crowd of salivating piranhas.
The Frights carry on the legacy of bands like Green Day back in the 90s and create Warped Tour-size mosh pits and a constant flow of girl and boy crowd surfers. It’s like a neon-pink, tat’d up wave pool that is at max capacity! Amazing sound and energy has taken these guys to the top and it’s fuckin rad to see the spirit alive and well. “I hate my mom and dad“! Rock on Kids!