Doug’s Pick Of The Week: Blush Face & more at Hardywood!


Saturday, May 6, 6:30 PM
Blush Face, On The Water, The Wimps @ Hardywood – Free!

We all know live music gets taken for granted in Richmond, so when there’s a free show featuring some great local acts, we have to take advantage of it, right? Right! So glad you agree with me! In that spirit, I’ll go ahead and mark you down as going to Hardywood this Saturday evening and give you a little preview of the awesome music you’ll get to hear.

Not sure on the band order for this show, but I’ll start off talking about local band Blush Face. They describe their sound as “‘lectric lullaby pop rocks,” but there is clearly more than meets the eye here… or ear in this case. The songs are catchy for sure and give off a charming bedroom pop quality, but there’s this gorgeous tension that emanates from their songs, whether it’s from the poised voice of frontwoman Allie Smith or the ruminating music drifting in the background. One of many bands on the rise in town, Blush Face is carving out their own sonic area in our local scene. That area is only growing too as more people catch on to their cunning sound and they continue to improve with every performance.

Philly band On The Water is also on the bill and while I may not know too much about the band, a quick listen instantly lets me know that this is music you have to, have to hear. I do mean a quick listen too — check out “Sun Temple,” the opening song to their new record Superposition. When is the last time menace sounded so delicate? The band relishes in describing their music as fringe; “too weird for the mainstream” and “strange folk” adorn their Bandcamp, but I’m here to tell you that while atypical and unique, there is nothing weird or strange about music this confident and assertive.

And rounding out the show is local quartet The Wimps, a band guaranteed to perform yet another great set this Saturday. ’60s rock mindset with modern power pop execution, penetrative lyrics with especial vocals; you really can’t go wrong with this band, whether it’s taking in a live show or putting their self-titled record on for a spin or two. Songs bounce from psych-surf (“Quick Snap“) to garage pop (“Dream Girl“), but even with that retro approach, nothing feels dated as Brent McCormick gives modern direction to the music with his unique voice and pointed words.

So, Saturday night! Head on over to Hardywood for some great music, as well as drinks, BBQ, and burritos if that’s your thing. When it’s all said and done, you’ll still have plenty of time to hit the city, or maybe even take in another show in which case Drew has you covered as always.

Doug Nunnally (@MusicDoug)

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