The What’s Up Lounge had another great show on Friday, July 7th and if you were looking for some amazing and loud rock music, it was the place to be! I was a little worried about turnout since the North Mankato Fun Days are going on this weekend as well, but there ended up being a good handful of people at this show. They started a little later to allow a few more people to filter in and the show got started at around 9:30 pm. All three of these bands were new to me, so I was exited to check out something new!
Up first was SPITE, which stands for Second Place In The Evolution. SPITE had songs that were very fast paced and a little shorter, but they made up for that with the content for each song. They had songs about the customer not being right, re-fried bean burritos, and judging how drunk you got the night before by the amount of vomit there was in the toilet the next day! The people that were watching the show must have seen SPITE before, because they all were singing along and having a great time. SPITE was a great start to this show and set the pace for the acts to come!
Next up was Fret Rattles. From the first song to the last, these guys didn’t stop moving and I was impressed by the amount of energy they put out during their set! They were climbing up on their speakers, going back and forth on the stage, and generally jumping around. They certainly kicked it up a notch in energy and sound! Their set was very loud as well, even in the back of the venue. Musically, their songs were great and involved a lot of cool guitar solos while playing next to each other or back to back. After speaking with one of the band members, I learned they have a show at Triple Rock on July 22nd and I highly recommend heading to that show to check Fret Rattles out!
Closing out this show was The Pitchafits. I knew it was going to be an interesting set when the drummer was beat-boxing and goofing off during the soundcheck. The Pitchafits is a two person band and I was impressed by their set. The drummer sang while playing and the other person played guitar and sang lead vocals. As you can see in the photos, they had matching button up shirts, which must have been really hot to play in since it was pretty warm in the upstairs venue. The fun continued throughout their set with songs that the crowd sang along with, and even though they weren’t up close to the stage, it was clear everyone was having a great time. I’m certainly happy I was able to check out The Pitchafits’ set!
As always, get out and support live music and I’ll see you out there!