The place to be on the music scene on Saturday afternoon? The Phillipsburg Mall. That’s where Spin Me Round, the popular regional record store, is located, and where the store held its annual Record Store Day celebration.
The day was highlighted by high-energy performances from five separate acts. Henry and Charlie of tri-state pop punk band Keep Flying started off the day with a set of mostly original tunes, offering the duo’s combined guitar prowess to support Henry’s emo-shaded vocals.
Ryan Weidman was next, who some might know as the singer of Philly experimental indie rock band Sonnder. Weidman’s performance — think vocals in the vein of Billy Corgan — added a softer, more ambient acoustic touch to the afternoon.
Then, things got loud with Center Valley-based pop punk band Above the Mendoza. The quartet, who have recently garnered attention from media outlets including Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5, offered their refreshing twist on the pop punk genre, even throwing in a couple of popular covers.
Phillipsburg punks Houston & The Dirty Rats were next, and their excitement to play a hometown show was palpable. Frontman Houston Herman’s energy and guitar work was unmatched throughout the day, and the trio brought additional life to the tracks featured on the band’s RAT EP.
Finally, Allentown newcomers Red Rocket closed the night, playing one of their first shows to a packed house inside of the record store. The band played mostly pop punk standards alongside a couple of fresh originals to send the crowd home happy.