Last Monday fans of driving, early Epitaph-era punk rock had the chance to see locals Throw lay down a set of fast, catchy songs to a small room of enthusiastic fans. Always a treat to see play, the three-piece have a certain chemistry that can only be obtained by being in a band with some of your closest friends; inside jokes and quick jabs at one another (and the crowd) are peppered throughout a set of theirs, book-ending tunes that the group absolutely blisters through. Via both their music and the way they carry themselves, Throw embodies a day of punk rock that has long passed, yet is still as entertaining and well-received today as it was in its prime.
Relatively young Seattle emo rockers Difficult Children also made an appearance at the show. Despite only having played together for a year, Monday was their last show on their second tour since forming, having hit the road most recently the morning after Election Day. Singer and guitarist Brittian remarked that while the tour was “supposed to be a victory march” they had enjoyed themselves all the same, making stops in Redding, Davis, Berkley, Reno, and Spokane, among others. Looking ahead, the band is shooting for landing a SXSW date or two on the heels of their upcoming split with Yr Parents, due out in spring 2017.
Kicking things off for the night were locals the Shoestringers, bringing their brand of 90s punk to the stage. Despite the fact that it was the beginning of a new week, a fair crowd had gathered in through the doors of the Twilight at this point, offering the band some eager ears to play to. After blazing through their set of songs that would find comfortable homes amongst fans of Pennywise and Choking Victim alike, the group was able to break down knowing they opened up the show with an energy that is not only necessary to the music they play, but also rare in the scene’s current state.