It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show at our “premier” DIY venue here in Denver, so I was pretty excited that some bands I wanted to see were rolling through town. Originally billed as a “Hardcore Punk Show,” I was a little nervous about what the crowd would be like (because I’m old), but everything worked out and the show was awesome.
The first band of the night, Plague Dogs, unfortunately won’t be covered because I run on punk time and assumed that 7:30pm meant 8pm. So, the first act of the night I caught was Noble Truth, a new addition to the ever growing list of Denver bands I’ve never seen. It seemed like a lot of the younger crowd was there for them, and they definitely fit the “hardcore” label the show had. Lots of energy and a great response from the crowd got my night started off well.
Next up was MakeWar, a recent addition to the Red Scare Industries family and an act out of New York. With their record recently released, I was excited to check these guys out, and I was definitely not disappointed. The 3 piece sounded incredible (in part to the amazing sound people working at 7th Circle), and were one of my favorite bands I’ve seen play at 7C. They’re currently on tour with The Decline, making their way across the country while they head to The Fest 15 in Gainesville, Florida.
Speaking of The Decline, they were totally awesome. They had excellent stage banter (queue up the Simpson’s jokes, please), sounded incredibly tight, and were quite entertaining and full of energy. These Australians have definitely been making their mark as they cross the country, and I can only hope that they continue to come back and melt faces. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Fest, keep an eye out of these guys and make some space in your schedule – you definitely won’t be sorry.
Closing out the evening was Allout Helter, who, after not playing locally for a while, seem to be stepping back into the spotlight and have returned to being quite active in the Denver scene. They continue to shred and be one of the best local acts I’ve seen, and I’m very excited for the release of their new album.
* all photos by Jackie Wilding