Krill packs their music with passion. Energy bubbles below the surface of the band’s softer verses,and explodes in their often-mathy breakdowns. Check them out as they stop at the Black Cat’s main stage along with Speedy Ortiz, who we just interviewed.
There’s something of a doo-wop motif that underscores the music of this Richmond-based four-piece. Christi‘s songs are short and punchy, which will help get the blood flowing before Vexx and Priests take things up a notch on Thursday night.
Rooted in New York, Kopps are a dance-music outfit that resists categorization. The band’s instrumentation gives their poppy music a robust sound. Since Joywave has collaborated on Kopps in the past, expect an excellent dynamic between the two acts.
Washer‘s music retains all the best elements of pop-punk without all the clichés. Opting for a less over-driven guitar sound helps them achieve this effect, as does the lack of whine in the band’s vocals.
If you like Tom Petty, chances are Dead Professional will appeal to you. Their music finds itself deeply rooted in classic rock, yet their experimentation with rhythm puts a new spin on that tired sound. Since Natural Child also plays classic rock with a twist, there couldn’t be a more perfect opener for this show at DC9.