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Rubblebucket, Prowler, Roadkill Ghost Choir and More @ Johnny Brenda’s.

October 8, 2013

DDProwler01Text and images by Darragh Dandurand.

Johnny Brenda’s was a whirlwind of five bands playing back-to-back last Thursday. Birdie Busch started off with a short set at around 8 p.m., followed by Willy Mason and Roadkill Ghost Choir, a six-piece band on tour from DeLand, Florida. They kicked up the energy in the venue with a help of a few loyal fans. Lead singer and guitarist Andrew Shepard swayed to the band’s alternative rhythm when he sang and swirled his waist-length locks during instrumental solos.

Next on was Prowler (above), self-described as “colossal, spaced-out basement boogie from the land of Philadelphia.” The five musicians transformed Johnny Brenda’s into a electronica and rock fusion rumble, with the smoke and strobe lighting of an underground rave. Each instrument melted together in pulsating beats, which matched the intensity of the band’s enthusiasm. Lead singer Keith Greiman  bounced around like a ping-pong ball soaked in Four Loko as audience members tried not to spill their beers while they head-banged along to the beat.

By the time Rubblebucket hit the stage around 11:30 p.m., the venue’s main floor and balcony were so densely packed that it was a fight to even get fifteen feet from the stage. At the start of each song, vocalist and saxophonist Kalmia Traver was met with a sea of voices singing along to every lyric. The band grooved to their own funky sound and the audience absolutely adored every second of the punched-up party scene that they helped to create.

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