BY ASHLEIGH MONTGOMERY
Have you ever fallen in love with a band at the most unexpected of moments? Well, that happened to me last night. My cousin texted me saying she had an extra ticket to see Social Distortion and I agreed to go, mostly to say I’ve seen Social Distortion live. If I’m being honest, I only knew their one song from Guitar Hero that I always thought was way too long and way too boring. Eager to get out of my house, I went.
I went into this show not really expecting to enjoy or get anything out of it at all. However, I was quickly proven wrong. The first opener for the band, Aaron Lee Tasjan, was fairly entertaining and had a sound reminiscent of 70’s rock, something my dad would listen to. They were definitely super cool, but they were not the band who stole my heart.
The second openers, Low Cut Connie, had my full attention before they even came on. When the stage crew rolled a piano onto the center of the stage, I was instantly intrigued, as piano is not something you rarely (more like never) see in the punk scene. As the band entered, I first see the well-dressed drummer, a tambourine player/back up singer, and a guitarist dressed exactly like Hyde from That 70’s Show. Then entered the bassist smiling ear to ear and a second guitarist with the coolest rockabilly/greaser style. Already, this band was the most eclectic group of people I’ve ever seen on stage together, and I was just awaiting the arrival of the pianist.
After the band jammed out for a minute or two, I see a man, who had a very Freddie Mercury-esque vibe, running rather energetically onto the stage. This was only the beginning to probably the most theatrical performance I’ve ever seen. He climbs atop his piano and kicked his leg disturbingly (but also impressively) high and began to hype the crowd up. He continued to do so throughout their set, whether it was by standing on his piano shaking his butt, grossly mispronouncing Sauget, or pretending to rip his chest hairs out, there was never a moment where the crowd was bored.
While the lead singer/pianist was entertaining, the rest of the band was hard to ignore. The bassist did nothing but smile, the guitarist with the rockabilly style did the cutest little wiggle as he played guitar, and the backup singer and 70’s guitarist danced together endlessly. The band as a whole had such great chemistry together and each member appeared to genuinely love the music they were playing. Their undeniable love for what they do made it impossible not to fall in love with them, and I can safely say that they put on one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve ever seen.
This show honestly reminded me of why I love concerts. When I first got into punk music, going to shows and seeing the openers was how I discovered new music, a lot of which I still love today. Watching openers forces you to listen to music you may have never sought out on your own and even music completely different from what you’re used to. I would have never discovered a band like Low Cut Connie, that’s honestly pretty far out of my usual range, if it wasn’t for this show. Don’t get me wrong, seeing Social Distortion play that one song from Guitar Hero was cool, but Low Cut Connie stole the show and my heart.
Just in case you’re curious, I’ve attached a music video that I feel represents the energy they put out on stage.