[RECAP] Red Queen Lilith, Fruit & Flowers, Sharkmuffin at The Barbary 12/15

"Tampons are for sluts."

Last Thursday night might have been the coldest of the year (so far) but it couldn’t keep me away from The Barbary to see this (mostly) female lineup, and not just because I curated it. I’d been looking forward to this show for months now and it didn’t come anywhere close to disappointing.

You may recognize front woman Caitlin Walker of Red Queen Lilith from her former band Cheerbleeders. She and her brother (on drums) formed this low-fi rockabilly-ish blues duo recently and their potential seems limitless. In fact they already caught the attention of local radio station WMMR and have been featured as a Local Shots artist. Caitlin is a natural performer and she threw winks and smiles at the crowd during her (unfortunately) short set. Her voice lends itself perfectly to blues. I really can’t wait to see where this duo goes in the future.

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When I originally booked Fruit & Flowers I had no idea they were friends of headliner Sharkmuffin (both from NY), but their playful banter and enthusiasm for each others’ bands gave a very upbeat vibe to the entire room. Fruit & Flowers describe their sound as Art Punk/Surf Noir. They harmonize perfectly and felt reminiscent of 80’s heroes The Bangles while also occasionally throwing in a post-punk-ish quasi-Riot Girl vibe, especially when charismatic lead vocalist Caroline threw down her guitar and stomped around the stage in full rock goddess glory.

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Sharkmuffin hit the stage last.  Bassist Natalie Kirch and Guitarist/vocalist Tarra Thiessen have a palpable bond which immediately reminded me of Nina & Louise of Veruca Salt. Though unlike pop rock VS, their sound is more of a feminist grunge punk. Ana from Fruit & Flowers joined Sharkmuffin onstage to lend a hand with guitars so Tarra could hop off and bounce around the crowd, which really brought the energy of the room to an all time high.​ If I had any musical talent at all, Sharkmuffin would the band I’d want to be in. ​

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Megan Hawkey is the co-founder of Riot-Nerd. She is a 34-year-old concert photographer. She lives in Fishtown with her supportive husband and their 2 rescued Pitbull mixes.

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