It was a packed house Friday night in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at SteelStacks in Bethlehem for the hometown heroes Slingshot Dakota‘s record release show with fellow Lehigh Valley comrades Voirvoir and Summer Scouts.
With everyone excited for the start of the summer, spirits seemed high as we anticipated hearing songs of the brand new record, “Break,” the release of which was officially being celebrated by Slingshot Dakota that night.
The always excellent Voirvoir started off the show with their distinctive sound of heavy, synth-infused indie punk. The generally soft vocals and hard synth leads of singer/keyboardist April Smith, combined with the fuzzy guitar riffs and strident, pleading vocals of guitarist/singer Matt Molchany, are some of the defining characteristics that make this band great.
Summer Scouts were next on the bill, and they were noticeably excited to be on the stage playing for us. This punk rock/indie band hyped the crowd as much as possible in between their fast-paced repertoire of punk rock and indie songs. Lead singer Katherine’s impressive vocal range was met with gang vocals by the rest of her band to provide an even heavier appeal.
And finally, it was time for Slingshot Dakota to do what they came to do – play an incredible set to a room full of their closest fans, friends, and family. For those who may not know, they are a 2-piece band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Husband-wife duo Carly Comando and Tom Patterson have been touring and performing around the country for the past 10 years. This band seems to radiate happiness and positive energy, and it is certainly expressed in their music. Even between songs, both members frequently thanked their friends and family — many of whom were in the audience — and showed nothing but gratitude and respect for the local scene and everyone involved.
With Carly expertly navigating the keyboard while singing raw, introspective lyrics — and drummer Tom Patterson holding it all together with his unrelenting style of heavy, deliberate drumming — there wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t grinning ear to ear.