Live at South Park Tavern, 5/6/2011
“Holy hipster hell, Batman!” I thought to myself when entering South Park Tavern on this particular Friday night. The place was bombarded with 20-somethings in skinny jeans, ironic facial hair and tattoos galore – I felt a little out of place (and old) to be honest. (And on a different note – when the hell is SPT going to start serving booze? This old man would much rather drink whiskey than wine.) When I arrived, local rockstars Astro Fang were tuning up for their headlining set. There was an unusually large crowd of people standing in front of Astro Fang, which made it incredibly hard to see the band given that South Park Tavern doesn’t actually have a stage. But Astro Fang rocked hard enough that even though I wasn’t able to see them perform, it didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of their set. Depending on the song, Astro Fang can play slinky, danceable, new-wave influenced indie rock sort of stuff, but they can also bring the noise with some bite and some punk rock attitude. The band sounded really together with noticeable tightness and their sing-along choruses were mighty catchy. These are among the many reasons Astro Fang is popular, and the hype is definitely justified.
– Gary Spencer