Review by William Dibble, Photos by William Dibble and Lola Marie Photos
There was already a small crowd of people outside the Lost Lake Lounge. That made it somewhat easier to spot. The front of the venue blends in with the neighboring store fronts, and the sign for the Lost Lake is not the most apparent on the building. However, it was immediately visible that there were people milling in and out of the front entrance with musical instruments, which helped to find the venue. The inside of the Lost Lake is comfortable and somewhat rustic. You enter into the main music area. It is a relatively small open space, with a small stage over on the right. On the left, behind a dividing wall and the sound station, is the bar. The bar is decorated with stonework and warm wood. There are televisions which can be set to show the concert going on behind you. Lost Lake is not a very large venue, but it is extremely comfortable and enjoyable.
The first band of the night was Fort Collins-based duo Plasma Canvas. Plasma Canvas started out their set with a bout of explosive hardcore punk songs. They proved within moments that despite only being a two-person set, they were capable of owning the entire stage and venue. The singer, Adrienne Rae Ash, was all over the stage and venue floor with her guitar, belting out new songs and some of their classics, including “Lipstick Revolution!” At one point, this resulted in her guitar becoming unplugged. Jude Mccarron, the drummer, didn’t even miss a beat and continued playing until she sorted it out. Adrienne also didn’t shy away from pointing out songs that were about social issues, as well as being open and out front about being trans. It was a fantastic, blistering set that ended with the audience singing along to one of their older songs.
Photos by William Dibble
Next up were The Beeves. The Beeves were a lighthearted and fun act. Their show was one part concert, one part comic dance routine. They danced around stage as they played, making jokes about their genre and their songs, and generally not taking things very seriously. This doesn’t mean that their show wasn’t professional. The Beeves performed earnestly and with precision. Sandwiched between several harder punk bands, they might have seemed like the odd band out. This just wasn’t the case. They fit in perfectly into their slot between Plasma Canvas and The Windermeres. While their set didn’t inspire any mosh pits like the other bands, the audience cheered, sang along where they could, and very much enjoyed their show.
Photos by William Dibble
The third band of the evening, The Windermeres, was a more traditional pop-punk band. Their live show would best be compared to some of the genre staples like Anti-Flag and NOFX. Their set was energetic and fast-paced. Like Plasma Canvas, The Windermeres presented an honest, raw performance that was as much social statement as it was musical prowess. The crowd started several small mosh pits throughout their set, the small size of the venue intensifying the pit. It almost felt like the set was too short, because they could easily have played long into the night.
Photos by Lola Marie Photography
The Ghoulies were the night’s headliner. Their latest album, Midnight in America, was released that day, and this was their album release show. The venue was perhaps made more appropriate for this release show because of the fact that it sits on Colfax Avenue. Colfax Avenue is the longest city street in the United States, which seemed oddly appropriate for the release of an album about urban legends. The Ghoulies brought with them an organ, which lent its haunting tones to their live show very well. By the time they came on stage, there was almost no wiggle room within Lost Lake. The venue was packed from stage to bar with energetic concert goers bouncing along to the songs. They played a lot of their new material alongside some of their older songs. People would stop by the front window to peek in and see what was going on.
You would be hard-pressed to find national acts that could satisfy an audience like The Ghoulies. Even more impressive is that they put together three opening acts that also knew just how to keep their audience energized and happy. The concert was an absolute blast. The small size of the venue hampered neither the fun of the show nor the sound of the music. If you get the opportunity to catch The Ghoulies anytime soon, make sure you do!