Windian Brings the Noise

April 4, 2012

D.C.’s best party-punk festival is back, courtesy of local record label Windian Records. In case you are still stewing about missing South By Southwest this year, this annual showcase — now in its third year — has all the loud rock ’n’ roll and scene-making that you crave. Ten bands will assault your ears over two nights, including several local acts. Here’s a roundup of what’s in store:

The Penetrators: This Syracuse, N.Y., band, above, opens the fest Friday night with a nod to history — they formed in the ’70s and punkers have been trying to sound like them ever since.

Foul Swoops: Also playing Friday, Arlington’s Foul Swoops deliver simple, addictive pop with bluesy, fuzzed-out guitars. They’re playing with another local group, Suns of Guns.

Thee Lolitas: Playing Saturday, this local band blends country, Dutch pop and Caribbean party music. But it works. Really! They’ll be joined by D.C.’s own Shirks, who specialize in fast, sweaty punk.

Doozies: You won’t be able to understand a word of this D.C.-based “harsh pop-garage” band’s lyrics, but they’re mostly about overweight dogs and hamburgers. Amanda Erickson (For Express)

Montserrat House, 2016 9th St. NW; Fri. & Sat.; 8:30 p.m., $15 per night ($12 in advance), 2-day passes $30 ($22 in advance); Windianrecords.com.
Amanda Erickson is deputy editor of PostEverything.
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