UMS Night One Travelogue: The Swayback at 3 Kings, Candy Claws at Skylark and more
A guy with a pint of hooch in his back pocket was stumbling and struggling to make it across street toward Famous Pizza. After he made it across the street, he paused for a moment and leaned up against pizza joint. As I watched the poor guy, it reminded me of an important thing to keep in mind at these sorts of things: Pacing. Whether you're on your way to getting fall-down drunk or just seeing a ton of bands, too much too soon can sometimes be downright hazardous.
So for the first night of the UMS, I figured it was probably a good idea to ease into things by checking out the Swayback, a band I've seen many times, at 3 Kings Tavern. Playing to a nearly packed room, the band sounded tight and polished, driving through solid cuts like "Forewarned" and their latest single, "Die Finks." The guys made it clear that they've got the skills to play on the same bill as Stone Temple Pilots, Wolfmother and Eagles of Death Metal at Sturgis next month.
After Swayback's set, we headed a few a blocks south to the Skylark Lounge to see Candy Claws, who unfortunately, lost all of its gear in a car fire while touring on the East Coast about two weeks ago. The Fort Collins-based act, whose back home for a few days before heading to the West Coast, packed the tiny Skylark stage, and delivered a pretty rad set.
Jon Solomon Candy Claws at Skylark Lounge
Hidden Lands, Candy Claws' follow-up to In the Dream of the Sea Life, is slated for release on August 3 on the Brooklyn-based twosyllable imprint, and will be issued locally at a CD release show on Friday, August 6 at the hi-dive.