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Girlpope Reunion @ Mohawk

You’re the kid out on the town,
So you check the scene around,
But the neon tinted lights,
Are the truth you try to find
—“So Far As Now” by girlpope

girlpope

girlpope

Profound lines of pure rock and roll that engender that searching feeling and spirit of youth that could have been written about London in the ‘60s, New York in the ‘70s, or Los Angeles in the ‘80s, but instead are straight out of Buffalo in the  1990s. What does this mean? We are thinking way too much here. After all, it’s rock and roll! Whatever the case, the gentlemen who brought this to us are coming back! Guitarist/vocalist Mark Norris, bassist/vocalist Richie Campagna, drummer Brandon Delmont, and guitarist Tommy Standford are pulling the ‘Pope brand out of the moth balls for one night only. A quartet par excellence, girlpope’s potent mix of Brit-inspired rave rock, cranked up garage rock, and the unmistakable ability to deliver hook after hook like a flavorful pop confection set them apart and placed them atop the heap of Buffalo’s local acts. Returning to the scene of many of the band’s previous crimes—from “covers” shows where they performed under the guise of heroes like Slade, T.Rex, and MC5, to their epic split live album with Buffalo’s late, lamented Bobo—girlpope will back at the Mohawk Place to perform the entirety of their album The Whole Scene Going and a whole lot more. The Whole Scene started life 10 years ago as an EP released in the heat of a Sabres run for the Stanley Cup. Since then, the record has been bolstered to an expanded Australian release several years ago, and rightfully merited a place of respect in power pop circles and in Buffalo music lore. Tonight promises a first class evening of live music. You’ve got my personal guarantee: As the great Thurston Howell III once said, “If I can’t go first class, I won’t go at all.“
donny kutzbach

Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St | 10pm | $5|855-3931 | mohawkplace.com