David's Desk: Blood Was Spilt on Friday the 13th

By: David Landry and Zach Dahmen

What's a rock'n'roll show without a little blood?

Friday the 13th is known as a superstitious evening. Most of us give it the middle finger and get tattoos for 20 bucks and hang out at Crystal Lake. The virgin dies, so get to it. But we spent last Friday the 13th at the Hi-Dive. And though no one was slashed and all three bands on the lineup KILLED it, the vocal mics that evening were unfortunately cursed.

The night was a sonic smorgasbord: blaring guitars, chest rattling bass, and passionate artists who left their guts onstage. We were transported from surf rock to outright wailing rock’n’roll that you could feel in your teeth. The sound didn’t give the performers vocal justice, a guy in the audience blacked out and face-planted on the floor, blood was spilt, beers were guzzled, bodies moved, and the ringing in our ears wasn’t the only thing we took home with us. 

Slow Caves. Photo Credit: Zach Dahmen

Slow Caves. Photo Credit: Zach Dahmen

Fort Collins’ Slow Caves started the night pulling no punches. Their style had surf heavy guitars and electric energy, but their tenacious vocals were often lost in the mix. Bodies were grooving hard to this four piece. They set the tone of the evening for a memorable night.

Drop to Your Knees and Choose the Outfit. Photo Credit: David Landry

Drop to Your Knees and Choose the Outfit. Photo Credit: David Landry

The Outfit took the stage next and had the best sound of the night, but only because an overly enthusiastic fan jumped onstage and no one could hear Eric Johnston telling her to get fucking going. So Johnston grabbed the bass player’s mic, and with his soapbox voice coming through, the sound changed dramatically and the crowd definitely responded. Nasty lead bass lines, distorted harmonic guitars, and a booming kick drum made the show move with the thrashing heads in the crowd. We can tell you that BolderBeat will be going to The Outfit shows more often.

Groupies. John Demitro of Bandits. Photo Credit: David Landry

Groupies. John Demitro of Bandits. Photo Credit: David Landry

Finally, Bandits hit the stage blaring. The high energy from the cursed evening coursed through all of our veins. Halfway through a crowd turning performance, their vocals began to fade to nothing due to the hexed mics. But in true Bandit fashion, the trio played a blistering set to a fever pitch of crash amps and a very damaged drum set. Each member had their sonically shining moments. John Demitro on guitar played with a real fearlessness and took advantage of every inch of that stage. Lulu Demitro on bass and keys was a highlight with all of the melodic parts. She shined on the band’s dark interpretation of the Beatles' Happiness is a Warm Gun. And Mr. Andrew Oakley on drums crashed through the stage with ferocious rhythm. His set-ending drum solo was a catalyst for a defiant stage destruction. Bandits are back with a new, grittier sound and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

All three bands made Friday the 13th a hit. We’re hoping for a sequel very, very soon.

Get a taste by watching vids from each of the bands here:

-David and Zach at the desk

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.