Facebook, Instagram, BandCamp, Spotify), Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp, Spotify), Normal-C (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp), Pauly Creep-O (BandCamp, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify)
Venue: The Blue Note (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Date: March 25, 2018
This past Sunday Winston-Salem, NC's Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves made their Oklahoma debut with Knoxville, TN's Bad Idols and local artists Normal-C and Pauly Creep-O at The Blue Note in Oklahoma City.
The show opened with singer-songwriter Pauly Creep-O taking the stage with a chair, an acoustic guitar, and complete ferocity. Pauly's voice howled and bellowed with gruff intensity to his alt-country / folk punk guitar work. Next up was the Oklahoma City punk band Normal-C. This was the band's first show with new lead singer Steve Long (formerly of Get Fired). The band knocked out a strong set of classic styled punk peppered with a couple of Misfits covers and an Operation Ivy cover for good measure. Normal-C got a good response from those in attendance who were none the wiser that this was Long's first outing with the band.
Things really kicked into high gear when Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves took the stage. The band blasted through a killer set of songs from their stellar 2016 album The Cross and The Switchblade (one of the best of that year) along with others from their excellent catalog. Every performance on this night was good but Wolvesx4 was out-fucking-standing! Why these guys aren't playing to sold out arenas I'll never know. And on top of all that, they are super great guys. I got to hang out with the band and discuss professional wrestling, punk rock, touring, the Fest, and all sorts of stuff. Who could ask for anything more?
The show closed out with Bad Idols. An admitted band of stoners, Bad Idols set was ridiculously fun. The band's energy and stage presence was off the charts and that took what is essentially standard issue punk and make it unbelievably fun. I had a smile on my face through their entire set, often laughing like crazy. This band obviously has a shit-ton of fun doing what they do and it shows. In a lot of ways, they reminded me of the kind of bands you would find in 1990 opening up for then unknown acts like The Flaming Lips and Nirvana. If Bad Idols comes to your town, even if you've never heard their music, you need to go see them. Seriously they are that much fun.
Overall this was a super fun night filled with great music, excellent conversation, and big laughs. This was exactly what I needed and a tremendous night out. Thank you Blue Note, Wolvesx4, Bad Idols, and everyone else for an awesome evening.