Before there was Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and a whole bunch of other fast paced folk bands, there was Violent Femmes. With their 1982 self titled debut album, Violent Femmes started something they had no idea would go as far as it has. An album ahead of it’s time it wouldn’t achieve Gold status until 4 years after it’s release, then going on to achieve platinum status four years after that.
For a long time Violent Femmes were the best kept secret in alternative rock. In the years after, Violent Femmes have released 8 studio albums, including last year’s “We Can Do Anything” the band’s first album of new original material in 16 years.
Last weekend, the band swung through Boston, MA with support from Echo and the Bunnymen and Ava Mendoza. For fans at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront, the show meant two things. For older fans it was a chance to relive some of the music they discovered during their youth. And for the newer generation of fans, an opportunity to see where some of today’s biggest bands got their sound from. Violent Femmes would play an hour long, 1 hour set, made up of material from throughout their entire career.
The show was perfect for a Saturday summer night, sing alongs, nice weather and the general upbeat mood of a Violent Femmes concert. The music is simplistic and fun, it’s the type of show you could enjoy even if you couldn’t name a single Violent Femmes song.
The folk rock genre has taken off in unimaginable ways during the 2000’s, folk has made a massive comeback in the form of folk rock. Now a days you can’t go a day without hearing songs from artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zereos, Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers. Now that’s not to say none of this would have happened without the Violent Femmes but they certainly had a big hand in opening the door with their debut album in 1982. If you love that type of music and want to see where it came from, or just want a fun summer night out, you’ll find the show you want with Violent Femmes.
Remaining Tour Dates:
July 23 – Chicago @ Huntington Bank Pavilion July 25 – Kansas City @ Crossroads KC July 26 – Denver @ Fillmore Auditorium July 29 – Costa Mesa @ Pacific Amphitheater July 30 – Saratoga/San Jose @ The Mountain Winery August 1 – Portland @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater August 2 – Seattle @ Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater August 3 – Vancouver @ PNE Amphitheater