New Jersey pop-punkers Teenage Halloween and locals Madison Turner and Strawberry Moon will bring the killer sounds for a great cause.
Marilyn Drew Necci | April 10, 2018
Need a cure for the midweek doldrums? Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect remedy for you, with a show full of queer punk awesomeness taking place this Wednesday night at Flora. It’s for a good cause, too — the show is a benefit for both the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project and the Richmond Doula Project.
The main attraction on this bill is New Brunswick, NJ’s Teeange Halloween, a group that describes itself on its bandcamp as “obnoxious, queer, and angry party pop.” However, one listen to their 2017 EP, Eternal Roast, makes clear that what we’ve really got here is some good old ska-influenced pop-punk. No, they don’t really do any upstrokes, but with a three-piece horn section, you really can’t miss the ska tinges floating around in there.
Teenage Halloween also bring us some nice doses of the ramshackle energy that typifies the best folk-punk bands, and based on the sound and energy of their recorded material, it seems all but certain that they’ll bring a hyperkinetic live performance to the Flora stage. Be prepared to dance — when Teenage Halloween is playing, it’s going to be hard not to.
Teenage Halloween are joined on this bill by local favorite Madison Turner, who we profiled extensively just last week, and who will be playing a solo set featuring a good many songs from her latest LP, A Comprehensive Guide To Burning Out. As discussed in our previous article about Madison, she’s got a good bit of ska and folk-punk in her own background. But what really comes through in her performances, whether she’s playing with a band or not, is sincerity and heart.
Frequent local showgoers know they’re in for a treat when she hits the stage, but on the off chance you heard of her for the first time when we posted about her last week, this is the perfect opportunity for you to jump on the bandwagon.
The bill will be rounded out by Strawberry Moon, an ambient-indie duo with a forthcoming release on local powerhouse Crystal Pistol Records called Dust Bath. They’ve only released one tune from that record so far, entitled “Craigslist Missed Connections” and featuring a foreboding psychedelic sound that adds some meat to their more minimal earlier material. As a preview of things to come, it’s certainly tantalizing. Expect a more detailed look at what they have in store when they take the stage Wednesday night.
As we mentioned before, all of these bands are performing to benefit a good cause! The Richmond Doula Project is part of the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project and seeks to help pregnant people through the process of pregnancy, centering the experiences of the POC and LGBTQ communities and other underserved demographics. Their existence as part of RRFP proves that the true meaning of reproductive freedom involves a lot more than abortion.
Admission for this show is a suggested donation of $5-20, and all proceeds will go to the RDP and the RRFP. The event will take place at Flora, located at 203 N. Lombardy St. Doors open at 9, music starts at 10. For more info, click here.