After marching on a crowded Manhattan street full of angry women on their way to flip-off the Trump Tower, Sweet Static’s two-year anniversary show provided an extra dose of empowerment.
Sweet Static is a NYC based music blog that specializes in covering punk bands hitting the streets. To celebrate their second birthday, they threw a show with a killer lineup. Kicked off by The ’94 Knicks, the show also included Grim Streaker and Bodega with Thick headlining the night.
A completely NYC-based lineup, it was also refreshing to see some strong ladies take the stage. I hate how this is something that catches my eye—it should just feel normal to see women on a bill. But, unfortunately, it’s not. More often I see bills without ladies, people of color or cool band names. So Sweet Static’s lineup filled me with so much joy. Not that the guys on stage didn’t kill it either, they equally were as killer.
This wasn’t just a riot grrl night, however. Each band provided a different world of punk rock.
The ’94 Knicks kicked the night off with a more garage-y sound with flowery backing vocals and catchy guitar riffs that got people swaying and limbering up for the inevitable moshing that would ensue later. Grim Streaker stirred up some riotous vibes in a room gone blind with angst and too much fog from the fog machine. Bodega brought back the art school punk vibes with some B-52’s inspired vocals, Talking Heads inspired views and Devo-like beats. And, of course, Thick brought the pop punk with songs that are so relatable even people hearing them for the first time were screaming along.
Not to mention there was a real life wizard that introduced Bodega and used his magical moves to keep the crowd going. Seriously, a bearded man in a full shiny wizard robe and hat got the crowd roaring for Bodega. Was everyone energetic from drugs and tequila shots or did the wizard put an endless-dancing spell on the crowd? We’ll never know.
What we do know, is that this was not only a night for everyone who fights for equality, but also those who believe in dingy dive bars and good ‘ole grimy punk rock shows.