Absent Akridge, The Season Premiere rock out despite no air conditioning at The Underground at Nile Theatre

What’s even more bizarre than seeing this guy in a tree?001

The Underground at Mesa’s Nile Theatre doesn’t even have air conditioning. This guy went, along with me, to a show there last night, to check out Hawthorne Heights and a slew of local bands play in the sweat-filled room.

Before I talk about some of the bands, seriously: places like Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe and The Nile need to splurge on some air conditioning. I’ve seen kids pass out at Clubhouse during the summer because of the hot temps, and it’s a little ridiculous the Underground owners expect a ton of kids to cram into a basement and not have any room to breathe, let alone cold air. Please, for the sake of people’s health, install some air conditioning. Swamp coolers and paltry fans are not enough to keep everyone cool.

Anyway, I was really impressed with a couple local bands I saw. First was Absent Akridge, a young band from Fountain Hills whose majority of members are still in high school.


The band has two females, including a female singer with a really rough-sounding voice, sort of like Automatic Loveletter. Something that really impressed me about the group was the emphasis the band put on the vocals–instead of drowning them out, they were crystal clear, which I really appreciated. The songs were also catchy and fun, and the group did a surprise cover of the Scooby Doo theme song, which was totally unexpected and a great time.

Next up was The Season Premiere, who really commanded the stage and projected enough confidence to have been the headliners.


The guys interacted with the crowd well, explaining songs, encouraging clapping and singing along and asking the crowd to scream several times. Of course, the young fans did (I think I was probably the oldest non-parent in the audience), and it didn’t hurt the band is attractive and dressed stylishly–a couple members donned cute preppy ties. Their music reminded me of another Valley band, The Summer Set, so if you’re a fan of them, you’ll like The Season Premiere.

I had a ton of fun at the show, except for how hot it was. Hopefully my dream of cooler temperatures will come true soon, because dancing around in a non-airconditioned place in a Phoenix summer is pretty ridiculous.

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