What a great night to kick off the weekend with some hard rock, punk, and thrash up here in Longmont Colorado. Denver based band Lola Black came to town and showed the northerners why they are rising to the next level. There was a strong sense of energy at this historic opera house as everyone was in party mode and ready for the weekend.
Starting off the evening came Denver band Scarlight. With a hard rock sound and vocal harmonies mixed in with some screams this group of young musicians gave their all and had a great time as they were often seen smiling with each other and chatting with the crowd in-between songs. Their sound has enough bite to not just get your attention but keep you enthralled as they take you through their catalog supporting their 2014 EP Gliding Over All.
A fun young band to keep your eye on.
Next came Longmont’s hometown heroes SmackFactor. With the exception of the lead vocalist Payden Browning, the rest of the band resides in this northern Colorado town.
I was excited to see these guys perform again as their sound it very visceral and heavy, while their live performances are definitely something to be seen. Barefoot bassist James Boyd has a very animated and entertaining persona as he mentioned to me before they went on that he puts himself in the mental state as if he’s entering a brawl. As he stomped and growled through their set he was in the zone for sure.
Both guitarists John Palmer and Shawn Wolf can definitely shred in harmonies and put down their heavy right hands for the chugging riffs that remind me why I love metal. Vocalist Payden has a great range of screaming that will cut through the room and demand your attention.
Drummer Loren Honstein’s drum kit it something to be reckoned with as this enormous kit is as easily beautiful as it is punishing. Loren thrashed on his kit effortlessly as the drum pummeled the crowd. By this time, the mosh pit was in full-on thrash mode and only the brave, or drunk dared to enter. These guys know what they’re doing and their performance should not be missed by true fans of metal.
Headliner Lola Black fronted by vocalist of the same name, came ready to rock. Their hard rock/punk sound is very catchy and heavy. The crowd was primed for Lola and crew as they made them feel right at home. Wasting no time they came ready to rock. Bassist Yosh Yoshikawa who is also a phenomenal shredder on the seven string, is a true showman as he thrashed, stomped and interacted with the crowd like a seasoned veteran. Drummer Ryan Oakes tight, punchy drums were on point all night. Tri-guitarists Paige O’Meara, Scott Kennedy and Chris Dellinger all had their own sound yet blended awesomely as to not sound muddy. You could easily see the fun they were having on stage together.
Lead vocalist Lola Black was in great form as her voice was powerful and did not falter. Very thankful for the great crowd, and their enthusiasm, there was plenty of playful banter between Lola and her bandmates as well as between the crowd. Lola and the guys clearly know how to let the fans know that they are appreciated and respected.
This was a great night for live music by all of the bands as each one clearly brought their ‘A’ game and not one concert goer wasn’t smiling when they left the venue at the end of the night.
A great way to start the weekend for sure.
All images from this show can viewed in the "Denver Music On Stage" link.