Showcase showdown

By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 10, 2013


Kid Mountain had a tough hill to climb but put forth a solid effort. A few of the songs reminded me of Violent Femmes crossed with Lonesome Crowded West-era Modest Mouse; the "whoohoohoo" chants of "Parashootin' " had the crowd dancing along. These five dudes looked like the youngest guys in the room but were confident and at ease while winning over some new fans.

Scanning the roomful of 'BRU faithful, one thing was for certain — the majority in attendance had no idea what was about to hit them. Prior to the show, Lolita Black co-founder and local legend Bob Otis noted the advantages of playing last (bands order was chosen at random).

LOUD AND PROUD Lolita Black.

"That works for us," said Otis prior to the show. And I thought he was joking when he told me he was nervous ("Dude, I think I'm gonna puke!"), which was a surprise coming from a guy who has spent the past 20-plus years playing to sold-out rooms worldwide with crust punk heroes Dropdead. Otis singlehandedly upped the street-cred quotient for the Rock Hunt. The Olneyville-based quartet wanted the win, and wanted to drive a wooden stake through the heart of alt-rock radio in the process. Lead singer Scarlett Delgado owned the room 10 seconds into the opening salvo, "Fireheart." Lathered-up dudes down in front had no objections to assisting Delgado's crowd-surfing, and she totally nailed an epic cover of Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings" (WBRU station manager Wendell Clough was rocking out). Otis churned out chainsaw riffs while surveying a crowd full of Lolita newbies with a steely glare as intense as I've seen him. And drummer Kayleigh Melise left jaws agape, crushing her kit while cloaked behind long black hair (the love child of Dave Grohl and Wednesday Addams?). Delgado continually thanked the bands involved, then had a few choice words before departing the stage.

"Hey, to the guy in the back with his fingers in his ears — sorry about that, sir," she said with a kill-them-with-kindness smile. "I hope I was loud enough for you. Bring earplugs next time."

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