Photos and words by Clarissa Villondo
Möbius Strip celebrated their five-year anniversary at DC9. Before the show, I asked guitarist of Möbius Strip Mark Kennedy, “Five years, how does it feel?” He said, “It really doesn’t feel like five years! Time moved so fast.” Kennedy later talked about how Möbius Strip was thinking about having a fifth anniversary show and then was asked by Walk the Plank to open for them, Demands and This Is Your Life, a rather convenient opportunity.
Kennedy and I discussed how many DC venues, especially DIY house venues, have been closing down in the last five years. “I created a list of venues we could play and lately I just have been having to delete venues. Everything around here changes so fast,” Kennedy said. “I didn’t even realize BeatsVenue closed last year.”
From starting out and playing their first show at the late Red and Black in 2009, the band has certainly progressed with new songs, only playing one song from that first show “Bedrock.” Möbius Strip bassist known as Pitt Stains informed the crowd the crowd from the start that they were celebrating their fifth anniversary of their first show and wore a hoodie that he wore at that first show. Kennedy asked the crowd, “Is anyone hot and sweaty?” The crowd responded, “Take your shirt off!” Kennedy yelled back, “No!” After Möbius Strip’s set, the crowd asked, “That’s it? That’s all?” They should have had an encore or at least a longer set. That’s what I wanted.