Thursday, February 9, 2012

Forward Ohio Fundraiser (Fumes, Slave Labia, Cop Hugger, Difficult Dogs and Emissions) / February 9 / Casa

By: Matt Bemer, PR Director

Editor's Note: Tonight on ACRN's Scene & Heard blog, we're trying out live-blogging, really just for the hell of it because we decided it would be fun. Stay tuned as I--Blogs Editor, Cassie Whitt--post Matt Bemer's texts from the 2012 Forward Ohio Festival fundraiser show throughout the night!

10:00 p.m.
Headed over to Casa. Thoughts? It's a bit chilly.

10:23 p.m.
Difficult Dogs sound-checking. Guitarist played a lick of American Football. Bring me some jazzy jazz, Cap'n.

10:28 p.m.
Melodic harmonies, FTW! here at Casa. Opening act Difficult Dogs slips up a bit, but it is only the first song.

10:36 p.m.
Difficult Dogs has broke out into a more melodic hardcore set. Which is cool with me--and the rest of the crowd. Head bops seem to be the way to go.

10:38 p.m.
Drummer Spencer has a Snowing shirt on, and I am okay with that. Heavy math rock influences...

10:42 p.m.
Two words. Cow. Bell.

10:43 p.m.
Casa is pretty full, and Difficult Dogs is only halfway through its set.

10:47 p.m.
Casa may not be the right venue for these dogs. It is their first time playing this type of venue and they've got the showmanship, but the crowd has held back from interacting by the stage. Still, solid set so far.

10:49 p.m.
The bass drum has fallen over. Actually, the whole drum set seems to be held together by a carefully positioned brick...

10:58 p.m.
Difficult Dogs' set is over. They're really a niche band. Midwestern '90s emo/math. That's basically my niche. I am content. According to the mumblings of this crowd, Fumes is next.


11:15 p.m.
Fumes equals pit at Casa.

11:17 p.m.
But not a dangerous one, mind you. Just watched a too-hardcore hardcore dancer told to knock it down a few notches. Safe environment here.

11:18 p.m.
Lead singer of Fumes has so much reverb on. That is all.

11:20 p.m.
Just the way I like my punk. Every song under 1 minute.

11:23 p.m.
Most of the time, the mic is being swallowed by the lead singer. That coupled with the reverb--it's getting tough in here.

11:24 p.m.
And that was it. How long was that? 12 minutes? Like I said: quick, fast, punk.


11:33 p.m.
Dion and the Belmonts' "A Teenager in Love" is on for listener pleasure, or just as a juxtaposition to Fumes' nightmarish screams.


11:40 p.m.
Pretty sure this is Emissions. More melodic. Still punk. Always punk.

11:42 p.m.
They have the crowd pretty riled up, but I'm not sure if that's a result of the previous set's energy. The bassist can riff, though.

11:53 p.m.
The pit is basically the size of the entire floor. Start the sets tough, end tougher.

12:15 a.m.
Slave Labia takes the stage. It's 3 girls from Columbus playing punk rock.

12:19 a.m.
Slave Labia lead singer is screaming, "Shut the fuck up!"

12:21 a.m.
Out of my niche with this band...

12:23 a.m.
The pit is primarily female at this point.

12:31 a.m.
Slave Labia's next song is called "Masturbation at Work." Lead singer asked the crowd how many people have masturbated at work. A surprising amount of hands shot up. Did I mention they were sexual?

12:34 a.m.
ACRN event photographer Katie O'Leary is being grinded on by a female crowd member. After numerous refusals, the lady spat beer out of her mouth and in our general direction.


12:42 a.m.
I've seen Cop Hugger numerous times, and they always put on a terrific show. Athens punk at its finest. I'll leave you all with that.


Great bands, great night, great cause.

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