Towards the end of last semester, I entered a time machine. I was in Sammy’s Rexburg and, after sitting through a few bands, I became 14 again at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Remembering that time travel is completely impossible, I shook my head and found myself not dancing to Five Iron Frenzy–I’m not proud–but to local legends, The Opskamatarists. Having skanked like I was 14 that night, I made sure to attend when they returned this semester.
The opening act was a one-man band called Horsebite. This guy was pretty impressive considering his whole act was a bass guitar, loops, and all sorts of other gizmos that I don’t dare pretend to know what they do. As a token of his appreciation for helping close the “it’s too early to stand close to the stage” gap, he hooked me up with his Tiger Lady E.P. Thanks dude.
The second act was fellow BYU-Idaho students Auburn Hills. They did a variety of covers and original songs that got the crowd more engaged, especially when they covered Weezer’s Say it Ain’t So as well as that guy’s Dynamite song. Having heard Auburn Hills multiple times before on campus–you know, where electric guitars are of the devil–it was good to hear them play a set with distortion and other sorts of evil things.
Speaking of evil, the third act was Danny the Skeleton Horse. This band is probably the hardest thing in SE Idaho. I don’t know what exactly their genre is called these days: hardcore, metal, metallodica, post-hardcore pop metal. Whatever it’s called, they do it well. Their talent has earned them a loyal following among the youth in the surrounding area. Their set tonight was powerful and caused their fans to demand an encore.
Closing out the show was the Opskamatrists. As the cliche goes, they’re a sight to behold. The band is comprised of two original members, brothers in their late 20s, and the othersare n00bs that appear fresh from high school. Having been playing around SE Idaho since the early 2000s, these guys are able to bring in a crowd from different ages, generations, EPOCHS!
Their set went on for about 45 minutes and they rocked the house. After a little prodding from myself and Aaron Allsop, the circle pit got to a respectable size. So respectable, in fact, that the singer was prompted to tell the crowd to ”take it easy on the floor” or “we’ll be playing in the basement.” This, inevitably, led many in the crowd to comment back with “TAKE IT TO THE BASEMENT!” The Opskamatrists, as well, finished their set with a demanded encore from those who stayed to watch.
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