Written by Nick Foreman.

Alright, so last week I got to see some pretty amazing shows, back-to-back. Friday night was the icing on an already pretty killer cake. The Railway Club was the scene for some loud, heavy, sweaty antics. I’ll spare you the intro and get right into it.

First up was TRI 5. TRI 5 always put on a great show, but this one was, for me, unparalleled. Right from Anthony Sabo’s count in to “La Dee Da,” until the last note of the set, the band and the crowd were into it. TRI 5 are a powerhouse band that only get better as they go. They played a few new tracks, along with some familiar tunes like “Out of Your Head.” Every band will be doomed to follow these guys until they get a headlining spot, and I’ve been saying this for a while. Check these guys out if you haven’t!

Next in the line-up was Crystal Swells. Now, I’d heard a lot of good things about these guys, and actually bought their 7″ release just on recommendation. Well, I have no regrets what-so-ever. Crystal Swells played a tight rock-and-roll set, even with one of their guitarists moshing and crowd-surfing. The fact of the matter is these guys are out to get you, and you have no choice but to dig their sound. I dare you to go to a Crystal Swells show and not become an instant fan.

Third in line was Hole in My Head. I can’t get enough of this band. I’ve been listening to them pretty much non-stop since the show. Punchy, overdriven bass lines with a solid rock beat and aggressive lyrics make the sound, and what finishes it all up is the catchy rhythm and groove. They had the crowd in a frenzy from the word “go.” The space and energy that two people fill up with bass and drums was completely astonishing.

Finally we have N E E D S. We all have needs. These guys made my neck need a brace. Their in-your-face style once again had the crowd in a mosh pit. I caught myself flying over a few guitar cases that were on the left of the floor a few times. But I was quickly picked up and tossed back into the thick of things.

Art Signified put on a show that would be tour worthy. Seriously, if this line up were to hit the road we would probably be seeing them at The Commodore Ballroom next time. So don’t miss your chance to see these bands “before it was cool” and check them out NOW!