President’s Day weekend ended up being quite a busy one in the Denver music scene. Not only was there Don’t Panic Fest, but we were lucky enough to have Canadian sweethearts Pkew Pkew Pkew drive all the way up from the end of their tour in San Diego to play for us. Not only that, but we even got a very special Ratio Session out of it!
I’ve been to quite a few Ratio Sessions since I’ve lived in Denver, but this may have been my favorite one. It was Pkew Pkew Pkew’s first time playing acoustically – and that was pretty dang cool! You could tell the guys were a little nervous, but it sounded really cool and was really an awesome set. Not to mention, you can’t go wrong with a little Ratio on a Sunday afternoon!
The actual show took place at Hi-Dive, which I’d been at quite a bit already over the weekend. I arrived a bit early and hang out before my dear friends in the excellent local band GUTS went on. I’ve been watching these dudes since they started and I’m always so excited to see them and thoroughly enjoy their sets. Their new material has come along really well, and I’m really excited for them to continue to get better and better. Keep an eye out for these guys!
The middle slot was Major Sports, who had played the first day of Don’t Panic Fest. Another three-piece band, Major Sports is another local that continues to grow as a group and seems to get better every time I see them. Although there was no free La Croix like there was at the DPF set, they were still most excellent on this Sunday evening, and again, I’m excited to see these guys continue to grow!
Finally was Pkew Pkew Pkew, a four-piece from Toronto, Canada. I had seen Pkew Pkew Pkew once before, at Fest, so I was looking forward to seeing them in a less intense environment. I was not disappointed in the slightest, and they played a super fun set. If you haven’t heard Pkew Pkew Pkew yet, you’re missing out on a really good time. You could tell they were enjoying the show – probably because they’d just finished up a leg with Anti-Flag and Reel Big Fish, so a humbly-sized venue like the Hi-Dive had to be a great change!
Even though I was certainly exhausted from the weekend already, I wouldn’t have missed this show for the world. And, if you did, you really missed out on a good one.
* all photos by Jackie Wilding