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Words and Photos: Militarie Gun / Scowl / Spine / Public Opinion at Farewell

Militarie Gun at Farewell. Photo by Aaron Rhodes.
Date: March 31, 2022

Farewell - Kansas City, MO

One thing that I love about Militarie Gun is that despite being one of 2021's breakout bands and touring like mad, they're still down to rock a show on their night off. The Los Angeles post-hardcore act and their friends from Santa Cruz in Scowl were two of the supporting acts on Touché Amoré's most recent tour and between St. Louis and Denver, stopped for a gig at Farewell. Militarie Gun's set last month with slightly less of a party than their basement show at 22/32 last year, but the band not having to scramble to protect their pedals didn't make this set any less special and intimate. Fans still shouted along, a sweaty mess by the night's end and that extra breathing room perhaps gave some more of a chance to soak it all in.

Much like many of their Bay Area hardcore peers (Gulch, Sunami, Drain, and Spy), Scowl has had a big year. Following some big post-pandemic DIY gigs, they hit the road on this tour and have just started a run opening for Limp Bizkit (yes, that Limp Bizkit). Their set on this night was one of the most grooving and rapturous that the new iteration of Farewell has seen. Each song spawned a zanier mosh pit than the last -- slam dancers, two-steppers, and army crawlers took over.

Public Opinion, after having a New Year's Day show here canceled due to COVID, finally played made its Kansas City debut. The Denver quartet's sharp and speedy punk-meets-garage rock was eminently struttable and catchier than hell. They're already coming back for seconds this May.

Spine opened the show and kicked ass. I don't really need to tell you much more than that.

[This show was booked and presented by Shuttlecock.]

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