Thursday night at the Magic Stick was like the coming out party for Spring 2013. The weather finally lightened up a bit bringing t-shirt weather and a warm, moist night of angsty throwback rock and roll.
Headliners, and current surf-grunge zeitgeist Wavves had the show sold out shortly after the doors opened at 7pm. The young 18+ crowd filed upstairs to the stick in a sea of flannel, skinny jeans and Hawaiian shirts.
As the big room filled, UK-based Cheatahs kicked off the night with a solid set of heavy, shoegazey rock. Building a buzz for their upcoming EP Extended Plays, the foursome is coming off a successful run at SXSW and have been getting serious ink from the likes of Pitchfork and other indie heavyweights. Cheatahs is the brainchild of frontman Nathan Hewitt, an American by way of London. He explained the bands m/o as being dedicated to loud guitars and writing good, heavy rock music reminiscent of the UK's Creation record label bands of the 80s and 90s. And the band fits this bill perfectly in the mold of ex-Creation outfits like Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine mixed with early 90s SubPoppers like Seaweed.
In short, the bands were bashing it out, the kids were throwing themselves around. Heavy punk rock is alive and well in Detroit and all is right with the world.