Clearly I’ve been on a bit of a bender. There are just too many shows coming to town that I refuse to miss but, I have to be an adult at the same time and make it to my day job day after day. Yeah, I’m worn down and after pulling a double header on Tuesday night that kept me out until bar close with one too many drinks in me, to say I was exhausted on Wednesday would be an understatement. I spent most of my day snoozing at my desk only waking up when the phone would ring. I was useless and had many other people been in that position, I would assume they would take the night off, crawl into bed early, and sleep off the remainder of their hangover. Obviously I’m not like most people and although my head was still throbbing and the urge to vomit was real, I was not going to miss last night’s show headlined by The Interrupters.
It was an early one and I was in a bit of a haze when I arrived at The Varsity Theatre due to having just woken up from a quick cat nap but, as soon as opening act Rat Boy (not to be confused with Ratboys from Chicago) took the stage, that haze was gone and was replaced with a second wind that I wasn’t going to let pass me by. With a very fun pop-punk manner about them, this UK based band instantly captivated my heart. It was clear that the band was a bit annoyed with the fact that the sold out audience wasn’t jumping along to the beat but maybe the rest of the audience was like myself and just absolutely stunned by the energy this band was putting out there and their sound of perfection. They tried everything they could including telling the audience it was the drummer’s birthday and we would be ruining his day if we didn’t all jump (we later came to found out that it has been said drummer’s birthday every day for the past couple of weeks). Fun and light-hearted, they may have not gotten the action they wanted to get from the crowd but they definitely got the respect and I, for one, was left with a new band to add to my daily playlist.
Other than a couple of covers, The Interrupters’ set was nearly twenty songs of pure creativity and bliss. It was clear that it had been awhile since this band made a stop in the Twin Cities which made the audience a bit more rowdy than usual but it was also clear that people were just genuinely excited to see this powerhouse of a band. Vocalist Aimee Interrupter really didn’t have to do much to get the crowd going. At times she lowered the microphone to let the crowd have a go at the lyrics and it was impressive how loud the audience actually was. There was a sense of respect that Aimee and the rest of the band gave the excited audience and that respect was thrown right back at the stage creating the perfect ending to an already perfect night.
Last night’s show was an all ages one so, due to curfew laws here in the cities, I ended up getting home at an actual reasonable time and getting more than five hours of sleep (which is seriously insane for me). I woke up feeling rested and energized but I honestly think that is more because of the perfection of last night and less about actually sleeping.