Photo of Super Whatevr by Kristina Dawn / Sick Snaps
Super Whatevr embarked on a quick West Coast run of shows with their friends in King Shelter and Beach Goons. On Drugs joined them for the Portland date on August 21 at the Paris Theatre.
I was not at all familiar with On Drugs (or any of the openers) prior to this show, and they definitely put on quite a performance. The Portland locals knew how to catch the crowd’s attention even if through unconventional means like only whispering into the mics when they talked. Towards the end of their set, their bassist/vocalist took over as just the vocalist and ended up rolling around on the floor where the crowd stood.
I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard this band before, but I’m so glad I got to see them play. I don’t listen to many surf-punk sounding bands, but Beach Goons’ songs are so catchy and make you want to dance. They had a decent sized crowd of people singing along to their songs, and they played a handful of tunes off their new album, Hoodratscumbags, which just dropped this past Friday.
King Shelter had the crowd grooving along to their alt-rock jams. They said they’ve played Portland a bunch in the past. Between songs they mainly talked about how quiet we all were which is pretty normal for Portland, but maybe other cities are more chatty. This night was a pretty chill show/crowd.
Finishing off the night was Super Whatevr. The band keeps growing and growing, and that’s only going to keep happening this fall on their tour with Waterparks. I’m glad that Super Whatevr made plans to play in the cities where their fall tour isn’t going, so we could see them here. They played their Good Luck EP and just about every song from Never Nothing. The singalongs were extremely wholesome because basically everyone who was there to see them knew all the words, so during quiet parts of songs you could hear everyone quietly singing along, and it was the best. You should definitely be checking out this band if you haven’t yet!