Ink Spot Tattoo hosted the second of three local music showcases in advance of the Ink Spot Block Party in August.
Rains worthy of building an ark, flash floods, and major road closings did not keep local music enthusiasts from the second (of three) Ink Spot Block Party Showcase events. Eight St. Louis area bands were chosen to perform this night, each with the chance to perform at the Ink Spot Block Party in August. The bands alternated between two stages, the crowd eagerly following the music.
First up were punk/grunge/metal trio Angerchild. The band drew a large portion of the crowd to the front of the stage, who didn’t move until after Angerchild’s set was over and Lori’s Puppets began.
Lori’s Puppets recently played the sold-out Pointfest 2015 show, an all-day music festival sponsored by 105.7 The Point (KPNT) radio station and held at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Just as at Pointfest, the band had a large following gathered during their strong performance.
Nothing Set in Stone were third on the bill, playing just one week after opening up for Hinder and Full Devil Jacket. The band is a solid alternative rock foursome with a fresh sound, stemming from distinctive roots in classic rock.
Fourth up were New Lingo, a five-piece band that leans towards a progressive sound with crooning vocal melodies.
Ky and the Yodees are a hard rock band with punk undertones. Their set was made all the more interesting with the addition of an artist who set up in front of the drummer and created works using spray paint while the band played.
Hung Like a Martyr, easily the heaviest band of the night, played on the main stage. The five-piece puts a fresh spin on classic metal, and with an intellectual edge. The powerhouse sound of the band’s music is complemented by singer Bruce Morrison’s solid range of vocals. Every member of the band has a dynamic stage presence, the lights and action as big as their sound.
Oatm are an interesting four-piece band that began their first number with harmonized, folk/mountain vocals leading into punk instrumentation. Disarming at first, this distinct and unique sound grabbed everyone’s attention and held it throughout their set.
Facing Infamy, an alternative band with pop and punk influences closed the night on the main stage. Like Lori’s Puppets in 2015, the band was a featured local artist at Pointfest 2014. Facing Infamy is characterized by catchy lyrics that ride just above energetic drumming and a technical riffs that go deeper than expected. As performers, the members definitely seem to have the time of their lives while onstage, their energy infectious.
The band capped off the night by announcing the winner of a guitar raffle, the proceeds of which directly benefited The Ink Spot and their efforts to create Tattoos & Turnpikes, a reality show that explores tattoo and bike shops in different areas of the country, documenting the intersection of tattoos and motorcycles.
The Ink Spot Block Party Showcases are dedicated to supporting the St. Louis-area music scene–the third Showcase will be held at Pop’s on July 24. Portions of the $7 ($8 day of show) cover charge at each of the three showcases go to the bands and finance the sixth annual Ink Spot Block Party held in August. The Block Party is an all-day, festival-style event in Troy, MO that featured twenty bands in 2014, and is free to the public, thanks to funds raised at the Showcases.