The hype machine is drooling Teenagers all over with their flood of nostalgia, banking on the now wistful 20-somethings that will actually understand all of their narrowly dated pop-culture references to things like Blink 182 and Showgirls. Unfortunately for them, they lined up 2 openers that pose a serious danger of completely showing them up.
The first contender for the throne is Smart Growth, solo side project for drummer Denny Bowen (of Double Dagger fame). And everyone around Bmore knows he will kill it.
But out of towners Team Robespierre are a wild-card, producing darker and moodier electro/new wave that is closer to new wave’s early days of interchangeability with punk and dance-punk. There is a distinct threat to upstage the Teenagers on sincerity, as well as by bringing more vitality and variety, lyrically and musically. Check all three out at the Ottobar tonight.