kQuick songs, loud voices and punk vibes filled O’Leavers last Friday night with BUHU and Peach Kelli Pop headlining the billing. The bubblegum punk bands played with Omaha’s Lunch and Sioux City’s It Really Is.
To start, the native loud rock duo, Lunch, provided sonorous guitar riffs and loaded drums. The pair carried as much sound, if not more, as a rock band with three more members.
Quickly following Lunch, the Austin band, BUHU, set the stage for Peach Kelli Pop with their electro punk sounds that energized and excited the audience. Their playful banter with the audience included an invitation to all Nebraskans in the bar to figure out what was wrong with their tour poster by the end of a song. Making it a fun game, a brave soul took up the challenge that would eventually lead him to have a free poster and everyone in O’Leavers with five dollars off their tour poster — the mistake being Nebraska’s abbreviations were ‘NB’ instead of ‘NE’. The crowd forgave him with a hearty laugh and the night continued on with BUHU’s trademark sound, reminiscent of ’90s video games and hallucinatory TV on the Radio.
Then Peach Kelli Pop’s new single “Princess Castle 1987” projected gritty guitars and chaotic melodies. Frontwoman Allie Hannon, contrasting angst and playfulness, creates a whole radiant world of pink punk. Peach Kelli Pop’s vivacious instrumental and lyrical urgencies shine from their albums to their live performances, giving a face to their newest record, III, and bringing a tangible life to their prior bedroom EPs.
Finally, capping off the night with clashing guitars and boisterous vocals, Sioux City’s It Really Is brought the show full circle.
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