I love it when a national touring act fills up The Jinx, but there’s something pretty special about a packed room for three local acts. Sure, CUSSES, Crazy Bag Lady, and Wet Socks all log their miles touring, but Savannah is definitely home turf for them. Friday night the room was full of familiar faces along with the usual assortment of tourists and adventurous passersby.
The occasion, of course, was the 5th anniversary of CUSSES playing their first show which, not so coincidentally, was also at The Jinx. To their credit, CUSSES definitely know what’s going on in the thriving Savannah scene, and picked the opening acts with more than a bit of savvy.
If you’re at least moderately active in the scene or read this blog (looking at you), you’ve probably at least heard of Wet Socks, but judging from the chatter and multiple conversations I had between sets, quite a few attendees of the Friday night show had never actually heard Wet Socks’ garage/punk/surf/psych blend or witnessed Hunter Jayne’s hair in action. “Did you know they were this good?” Yes. Yes, I did. Drips spins consistently in hissing lawns land, you should buy it.
The same goes for Crazy Bag Lady‘s punky, crunchy, rock goodness. I witnessed more Crazy Bag Lady sets than any other band last year and I have to agree with a comment I heard several times over the course of the night….”They get better every time I see them.” If you can open for both Those Darlins and Bane and not only hold the crowd’s attention, but impress them, you’re doing more than a little right. Frontman Josh Sterno was entertaining as always, crowd surfing and singing in the pit, but restraining himself from climbing the bar, or into the rafters, or singing in the middle of the street. Meanwhile on the stage the band is tighter than ever. Look for Hunks, coming soon from Retro Futurist Records.
To top off the evening, everyone got a set of infectious, high energy rock from CUSSES. Angel Bond expressed the band’s gratitude for 5 years of support more than once, video was shot, posters were given out, and great tunes were played. CUSSES deserves that crowd every time they play. Long live Cusses.