While left off the grunge bandwagon, the seminal punk-pop stylings of the Fastbacks, who formed some 20 years ago, are still going strong. At the half-filled Grog Shop, the Fastbacks showed that the ability to live through musical fads is just one of their many strong points. Appearing without singer-guitarist Lulu Gargiulo, they played as a trio (singer-bassist Kim Warnick, standout guitarist Kurt Block, and excellent drummer Mike Musburger, best of the band's 13 percussionists over the years), but weren't any the less for it.
Highlights of the 17-song set were provided in abundance, but "As Everything" and "Goodbye, Bird," both from the their latest album, The Day That Didn't Exist, were among the best. Ending the evening with the deafeningly energetic "I Was Stolen" ensured the show would be impossible to forget. If you didn't come away from it with one of the best punk experiences of your life, at least your ears were ringing.
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