I’ve had August 2nd crossed off on my calendar for a while, as I found out that a band I had been following for a while was going to be coming to Wisconsin. Lynsey is in a band called Misunderstood, and they are native to Indiana, and when she asked me where they should go for a gig here in Wisconsin, I thought that the Wisco would be a cool place for a Thursday night punk gig. I told her as much, and she asked who they should play with, as they had never been to Wisconsin and aren’t familiar with who are in our scene. I suggested Coasting (Madison), The Red Flags (Janesville), and Audiophilia (Madison), as I thought all their music would gel together nicely. I also extended to Lynsey that I would be interested in doing an interview for Music Maehem– I was super excited when I saw the event was made on Facebook that she took my suggestions and made it happen, as well as agreed to be featured!
Unfortunately, Audiophilia lost their drummer prior to this show and had to drop from the lineup. And just as unfortunate, Lynsey informed me that there had occurred an emergency a couple hours before the show, and they were not able to play that night either.
As the old saying goes, shit happens.
But! The show must go on!
Ian (host of our show Powerslide) and I arrived at the Wisco just as Coasting was setting up. This was still a show worth being at to me even with two bands dropping, because not only do I enjoy the music of Coasting and The Red Flags, but I recently picked up photography as a hobby and this was going to be my first gig to be shooting at for Music Maehem.
Coasting is a pop-punk band based out of Madison. I’d seen these guys play one or two times before and was pumped to see them again. Their music reminds me distinctly of Dude Ranch era Blink-182, which is my favorite album by that band (frankly, the only album by them that I enjoy all the way through as it is way more punk and less pop than their other albums). These guys always have a good laugh or two shoved into their performance, and their tunes are catchy as hell and enough to get you bouncing on the dance floor.
Below are some of the shots I managed to capture of Coasting. As I said, this is my first photo gig at a concert-like setting. The Wisco is not known for its great lighting situation, so I did what I could…I’m definitely still a newbie. I definitely commend our spearhead Emily Mae for her amazing photographer abilities–concert pictures are not an easy task!
After a short-but-sweet half-hour set from Coasting, The Red Flags were up next. Anyone who has been following Music Maehem knows how much we love this band. They are high energy maniacs, and their music reflects in the same fashion and I personally cannot get enough of their unique and refreshing upbeat and fast-paced hip-hop-meets-rock-and-roll sound. They kept me on my feet vibing to their groove all throughout their set (which ended up being about an hour).
I’d like to say that their performance went off without a hitch, but Jonah, the madman sitting behind the drumkit, doesn’t like to play nice with his cymbals. What I mean by that is a) a chair flew over his kit at one point, b) one of the cymbals came crashing down to the floor, on more than one occasion, and c) somewhere towards the end I noticed there was blood dripping from Jonah’s cheek (warning: there is a picture below).
I imagine that happened sometime during when he…well, started hitting the cymbal with his…face.
That may sound strange, but just take it as Jonah just gets really into his performance!
Despite the other two bands dropping from the bill, this was still a show worth going to, and I had a great time and the crowd loved the performances too. It’s rare that I have a bad time out at the Wisco!
Coasting has three shows coming up the rest of this month at the Art In and Bos Meadery, and you can find the details here.
If we have any fans of late 90’s/early 2000’s punk bands in the house, I strongly recommend going and catching these guys next time they’re out of the town.
The Red Flags also have a show coming up in DeKalb, Illinois on August 10th, and are running some more shows in Milwaukee, Janesville, Appleton and Madison through the end of September. Details on those shows are at their events page on facebook here.
Photo cred: Cat Sullivan