PEARS, New Orlean’s addition to the Fat Wreck Chords catalog, played a mid-week punk show at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City. American Mouth, one of Salt Lake’s newer punk bands, opened the night. They played a short set followed by Speak Uneasy and Problem Daughter.


American Mouth started off the show with a sound that compares to Off With Their Heads. They played a couple of songs and showed their excitement to see PEARS play later that night.


Speak Uneasy played second; they had high-energy vocals and explained that they were not at their best due to a previous show that they had a couple of nights before in Vegas.


Problem Daughter followed up and played a set made up of their new material. They explained that they wanted to play their new songs in preparation for studio time that they had booked later this month. Problem Daughter always puts on a good show and this show was no different. They’re easily one of Utah’s finest when it comes to music to this genre.


PEARS showed up at the start of Problem Daughter’s set looking like shit. Their guitar player, Brian Pretus, explained that the band was sick and that they hadn’t slept well. It was obvious by how they looked before their set but was quickly forgotten as soon as they started. Frontman Zach Quinn had the crowd’s attention and fans sang along to their fast-paced set. They played their set straight though with little to no talk in between songs. As soon as their set was over, a couple of the band members dropped to the floor. They gave it their all during their set and had nothing left after the show was over.


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Problem Daughter had their album release show for their newest release, Fits of Disorganized Boredom, at The Underground with Pop Warner, Wicked Bears and Wearing Thin. This was one of their first shows since they started recording their album last year. Locals have been waiting for their new release which is also being distributed through Dying Scene Records.

Listen to Problem Daughter discuss Fits of Disorganized Boredom on a recent episode of SLUG Soundwaves.
Listen to Problem Daughter discuss Fits of Disorganized Boredom on a recent episode of SLUG Soundwaves.

The night started off with Pop Warner, one of Provo’s newer punk bands. I’ve wanting to catch Pop Warner play for a couple of months and I’m glad I got the chance. Wicked Bears followed up next, a band consisting of members of Show Me Island and Eli Whitney. They’re definitely not new to the scene and play an awesome set. Wearing Thin then followed and changed the mood of the show. By the time their set started, the venue was full. They played their set in darkness and brought a heaver sound to the show.

Problem Daughter played last and the crowd instantly started signing. Long time fans, friends, and family showed up for the album release. The venue was packed and there was overflow that went into the halls. Halfway through the set there was some gear malfunction and there was a song done in a stripped-down fashion with complete crowd participation—everyone sang along. Everything was fixed with the help of the other bands and they finished their set. By the end of the night the venue was dripping with sweat and was full of good times.

Maja Ivarsson on vocals for The Sounds. Photo: Gilbert Cisneros

The Sounds kicked off their North American tour for the 10-year anniversary of Dying to Say This to You on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at In The Venue in Salt Lake City. The Swedish group was supported by acts My Jerusalem and Zipper Club.

The show had a late start Tuesday evening, and from my experience, attendance at shows during the week are either hit or miss in Salt Lake City. The crowds gathered a little later than usual, but the floor filled and the show started off great with Austin-based group My Jerusalem’s indie rock set. The crowd gave a good response to the band. Zipper Club from Los Angeles played next, bringing more of an ’80s vibe. I had never really heard of the band before the show, but I did recognize their single “Going the Distance,” which had been featured on music sites over this past summer. After Zipper Club’s set, fans waited as the stage crew set up for the headlining band.

The Sounds finished off the night by playing Dying to Say This to You from beginning to end. They started off their set with “Song with a Mission,” and I was instantly back in 2006 watching them play at the Vans Warped Tour at the Utah State Fairpark. Bands start and end in 10 years, but The Sounds are still making music. The crowd sang along to their whole set while they played their album. Nostalgia permeated the night as everyone sang along to “Painted by Numbers” and “Ego.”  The Sounds also played a lot of their hits from their catalogue, including their newest single, “Thrill,” which dropped Nov. 10. Song after song, The Sounds had the crowd engaged until the end, when they finished the night with “Hope You’re Happy Now.”

Spike Slawson looked like he was having a good time through the set. Photo: Gilbert Cisneros

Punk rock supergroup/cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes stopped by The Depot in Salt Lake City with their current worldwide tour. They were supported by together PANGEA and Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds.

The venue started to fill as Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds opened the night with their garage punk sound. Kid Congo Powers had the crowd’s attention with his stage presence. Los Angeles–based band together PANGEA played second, and by the time their set started, the venue was full.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes started off with some equipment issues when Bad Religion‘s Jay Bentley’s bass amp stopped working before their set began. The crowd tried to get Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape to play a couple of his songs during the equipment issues, but Cape let the crowd know that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were a cover band. Turns out that they just needed to switch the amp on and off and it started working. The Gimme Gimmes started off their set with “Summertime” from the musical Porgy and Bess, followed by one of John Denver’s hits, “Leaving On a Jet Plane.” The Gimme Gimmes made sure to let everyone know that each song they were playing was a cover. The crowd was into their set throughout the night, and it was almost like it was a crowd karaoke set that everyone was participating in. Other cover songs in the Gimme Gimmes’ set were “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly and “Rocket Man” by Elton John, to name a few. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have themselves claimed to be the best cover band in the world. The punk supergroup brought the love to Salt Lake City.


The crowd's excitement was felt throughout the Descendents set. Photo: Gilbert Cisneros

On July 21, punk rock veterans the Descendents stopped by The Depot in Salt Lake City on their Hypercaffium Spazzinate Tour. They were supported by The Bronx and locals Endless Struggle. I was able to catch the Descendents at a sold-out show last year in D.C. and was excited to see them play again in Salt Lake City.

The crowd started to fill the venue as Salt Lake City’s own Endless Struggle opened the night. Endless Struggle set the tone for the show with their fast-paced street punk songs. The Bronx followed up with an equally energetic set. The Bronx’s frontman, Matt Caughthran, had the crowd’s attention. Caughthran jumped into the crowd mid-set and performed the remainder of the The Bronx’s songs from the center of the circle pit. The crowd would often gather around Caughthran and sing along with him.

The Descendents ended the night with songs from their entire catalog. They started off with “Everything Sux,” followed by “Hope,” “Rotting Out” and “On Paper.” The Descendents still have it, and the band played song after song. The group has been supporting their latest release, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, and played a couple of songs off their new album as well as all of their hits from their previous releases. Near the end of their set, the drummer, Bill Stevenson, explained how Salt Lake City was important to the band because both Stephen Egerton and Karl Alvarez were from Salt Lake City. The band played 30-plus songs throughout the night to the crowd, which comprised both younger and older fans. The Descendents were able to bring their influence to Salt Lake City for the evening and even had a limited-run shirt of the Descendents’ Milo Aukerman dressed up as Angel Moroni.

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Kaytranada provided more music for the night. Photo: Gilbert Cisneros

The Twilight Concert Series on Aug. 10 featured artists CHOiCE, Kaytranada and Solange. Thirty years of music and Salt Lake City tradition brought these three artists to Pioneer Park for the concert’s fourth show of this year’s concert series. The venue was ready for the night’s performance in Salt Lake City. The vendors were prepared and greeted the crowd as they began to come into the park. The Twilight Concert Series isn’t only known as being a series of concerts, but also one of the biggest social events in Salt Lake City.

After some scheduling delays, local opener CHOiCE, aka Nicole Jaatoul, took the stage, keeping her audience’s attention and playing a set to a good-sized crowd. Song after song, the crowd felt the music. She set the tone for the night’s show.

Again, after some more delays, Canadian artist Kaytranada played second. Kaytranada isn’t only known as a DJ, but also a record producer. By the time his set started, Pioneer Park was full. Kaytranada had the crowd moving throughout his set. You could feel his presence in the songs that were being played.

Airport weather delays were the cause of the late show. Solange took the stage at 10 p.m.—several eager fans had arrived early, waiting from 5 p.m. to see her performance. Solange didn’t just provide a vocal expose but a visual one as well (press photos were prohibited during the set). Combining dance, R&B and a beautiful stage setup, this night’s Twilight show was blessed with a full experience of A Seat At The Table.

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Gypsy Cab had their album release show at Velour on May 9, 2015, with Queenadilla and Arvos.

All three of the bands played well, mixing more energetic and laid-back styles of blues. Between Queenadilla’s more mathy, guitar-driven sound and Gypsy Cab’s more slow-paced acoustic vibe, the three bands encompassed the whole range of blues and its forays into rock n’ roll swagger.