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Photos from the Taphouse: Demons. With Invaluable, Nervous System, & Song of Praise.

December 29, 2019750Views

Song of Praise

Demons headlined the bill with yet another balls-to-the-walls set that demonstrated once again why they're the best live band in the city bar none.

Invaluable contributed some signature melodic punk—this is a band that has been on a steady rise and continues to prove their mettle with every passing show.

I last saw Nervous System at the Banned In DC book release show at Charlie's in 2018. They threw out a high energy show that reminds me once again how much I'd like to see a record from them. They're way overdue to hit the studio, one can only hope something is in the works. Edit: Nope, I'm an idiot. They've got two records out on bandcamp. Just didn't come up when I searched—I thought it was strange that nothing came up when I looked for them. =/ I've updated the links at the top to connect you to their page, check 'em out!

I've been wanting to see Song of Praise, and this was the big push for me to head out tonight. There's some seriously impressive melodic bass backing an aggressive attitude. To my ear it recalls a bit of a Rage Against the Machine vibe musically, but it's hard to draw a bead with only a live experience to pull from. I spoke with bassist Darryl Lewis (formerly of a slew of bands, most notably—Combine), who describes the group as punk rock. To my mind he's talking more about attitude than genre when he calls to that. Honesty and purity of expression, etc. I'd probably edge the band more into a hardcore vibe if I had to call it right this second. They're scheduled to hit the studio soon so I'll have more to talk once that effort hits the street. Suffice it to say, this is a band with a lot of potential, and I look forward to seeing where they take it.

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Norfolk. Post-Hardcore.


Norfolk, Punk.

Nervous System

Norfolk. Hardcore.

Song of Praise

Norfolk. Hardcore / Punk.

Words and photos from Jeff Hewitt