Daycare Swindlers Show Review - Tunage Magazine

Daycare Swindlers Show Review

Are you at that age when you feel apprehensive about entering a pit because you know you're going to feel it in the morning? I, myself, often feel that way. I'll be at a show and see a mosh pit beginning and I'll think, 'ALRIGHT! LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!' Then, right as I'm about to take my first blow I say to myself, "Dear god, what have I done?!" Well, recently, I had the privelage of opening for Daycare Swindlers and that feeling went right out the window.

          As I've gotten a little older I've begun avoiding physical pain such as sore muscles and multiple bruises/contusions. These were some things I was used to in my mid-teen years. I was going to 2 shows a week on average, which probably added up to about 35 pit-trips a month. When I was 16, I didn't care if I was the smallest, weakest person there, I was going in that pit whether my body liked it or not. Now, I'm a little more cautious, a little more uncertain of the effects of the moshing and if I want to deal with it or not. However, for this particular show, this wonderful event that will leave a sharp, vivid memory with me for the rest of my life, I went against my judgement and threw myself in the pit like the world was ending.

          As I said ealier, I'm an avid show-goer and when I was between 15 and 17 I saw Daycare Swindlers countless times, and I always left their shows thoroughly entertained. Unfortunately, those days have long since past, so when I saw them this most recent time, it was like a floodgate had been ripped off its hinges and rushed with the smooth tangy waters of memory river. They played a perfectly diverse setlist; some of their punk rock songs, some of their up-beat ska-like songs, and everything in between. Then, smack dab in the middle of there set, they played "Chrystal Meth", my favorite song by them. (Don't be alarmed by the name, it's a divinely happy-sounding tune.) When that riff came out of the speaker I lost it. I was like a wild animal, jumping up and down, bouncing around the pit like a pinball, and screaming the lyrics at the top of my poor little lungs. I was in euphoria.

          At the end of the show the vocalist, Noah, thanked the crowd for coming and thanked everyone who has come out to see them play in the 15 years they'd been playing. I got a chance to speak with him aftward and I thanked him for giving me the chance to relive some awesome memories of my teen years. 

          If you ever get the chance to see these Washington DC dwellers, Daycare Swindlers, I highly suggest you take that opportunity. Even if you've never listened to them, the energy they radiate while they play will make you feel ten years younger. My band and I were lucky to have been able to open for them, but it wouldn't have meant much if I hadn't stayed to see their incredible performance. Check them out on facebook. You'll regret it if you don't.

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