If I’m being 100% honest, my heart wasn’t in it to win it as I sped through rush hour traffic to get to The Armory in downtown Minneapolis. A last-minute approval mixed with the fact that the main attraction for me had to drop off the show due to covid meant I was bitter as I had to leave the house unexpectedly and actually put a face on and make myself presentable. I spent my rushed drive trying to change my mindest but it wasn’t working and after powerwalking from my car to the venue just to find out that set times had been pushed back another forty minutes, let’s just say I was less than happy and quite pissed to realized I would have had time to actually grab a bite to eat and just slow down for a second. Thankfully, a Lucero song was playing over the speakers as I met up with some friends at the show. I felt my heart rate coming down and started to feel that feeling I am constantly chasing– the thrill of a live concert.
I mentioned the set times being delayed a bit and it breaks my heart to explain why. Unfortunately, The Interrupters had a couple of positive covid cases through the band forcing them to drop off of a handful of concerts including Wednesday night’s show. This was a huge blow for not only me, but a lot of other people who had been planning on checking out the show. Honestly, I saw more people on social media trying to ditch their tickets than I thought I would just with the news that this amazing band wouldn’t be on the bill. You could also see that come to fruition with the way the room never quite filled up through the night. Such a bummer but welcome to 2022 I suppose. I hope the entire Interrupters crew gets to feeling better soon and you best believe me (and hundreds of other people) will be anxiously awaiting their return to the Twin Cities.
Kicking the show off was London-based The Skints. Their sound instantly had me hooked. I’ll be honest, their stage presence didn’t stand out as super strong to me, but this was one of those rare moments where that didn’t matter. The Skints sound is this perfect blend of ska, reggae, soul, and rock, all with a punk edge. I loved how every time I would glance at the stage, vocalist Marcia Richards had a different instrument in her hand. From a sax to melodica to flute all the way to a guitar, this woman had me completely trapped in the palm of her hand throughout their time on stage. Wednesday night was this band’s first time in the Twin Cities but I sure hope it won’t be their last. I would go see these guys any chance I get if only to chill out and just have my ears treated to their distinct and flawless sound.
Flogging Molly are seasoned professionals having been around since 1997 and you can feel that when they perform. Don’t get me wrong, the amount of fun that this audience has on stage is clearly seen and felt mostly in the way vocalist Dave King spends the majority of the time literally running from side to side of the stage but you also get a flawless sound from this band which is quite a feat considering there are seven people in the band. Although I feel like I see these guys every few months and it’s honestly starting to become a bit much, I will never not enjoy hearing their sound and experiencing their energy live and I think that’s the main reason I keep coming back for more every time they announce a show in town.
The line-up on Wednesday night was eclectic and even that sounds like an understatement. From the reggae/ ska based sound of The Skints to the psychobilly styling of Tiger Army and ending with the Irish-based drinking songs of Flogging Molly– there was a little something for everyone at The Armory on Wednesday and even though nothing about the show went as planned for me or anyone else who was super excited to see The Interrupters, it was a damn good way to spend a Wednesday night if you ask me!