On Saturday, October 18th, I indulged in the free-ticket-goodness of The Weeks with Punks and Snakes at Redux Contemporary Art Center. I had no prior knowledge of either band before this event, yet I am a fan Redux, therefore I was excited to experience a show in the intimate setting. The venue for this concert was tastefully modest. A small table serving beer and wine set amongst a minimalist art display functioned as a lobby, with the show held in the next room over, a simple space holding maybe 100 patrons. This place was packed and the vibe was wonderful. Due to the nature of the venue, performances did fall short on acoustics, but what lacked in quality was certainly compensated for with infectious energy from the bands. Punks and Snakes warmed up the crowd with upbeat songs like “BFG Blues” and their dreamy ode to Myrtle Beach, “Pirateland”. The Weeks lead singer Cyle Barnes immediately took control of the stage with his presence. It may be experience (or greater funding for equipment), but their quality of sound seemed notably louder and more in control than the opening band. The crowd reflected the music of both groups effortlessly. Drink in hand, swaying with the bass line, singing along with the band or enjoying easy conversations, people of the audience were clearly in their element and enchanted by the night. Overall, this concert was magnificent. The bands were fun and relatable, and the venue had the laidback feel of really nice house party. Punks and Snakes are a band to keep an eye on for upcoming local performances, and The Weeks have undoubtedly gained a new follower in Charleston, SC.
Adreanna “Dre” Preveaux
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