BADFLOWER BRINGS "THIS IS HOW THE WORLD ENDS" TOUR TO NYC

Words & Photos by John Matlosz

September 28, 2021

It was just hours until the new Badflower album, This Is How The World Ends, dropped and what better place to celebrate than in Webster Hall, the renowned concert venue in the heart of the East Village. Three bands took the stage that night: Badflower (duh), along with Dead Poet Society, and Teenage Wrist. Regardless of who you were there for, all three bands shared an undeniable amount of energy, power, and musicianship. In a world where (mainly) pop and hip-hop music make up the Billboard charts (and don’t get me wrong I love these genres too), this night was a reminder that rock music isn’t going anywhere!

DEAD POET SOCIETY

Let me go on by giving a brief of the openers. First up is heavy indie rockers, Dead Poet Society (DPS). I’ve heard of these guys before and believe I saw them when Badflower took the stage two years ago at Asbury Park’s House Of Independents. I’m sure they impressed me then, but that night, they definitely gained a new forever fan (and official Spotify follower). Formed while studying at Berklee, DPS consists of frontman Jack Underkofler, guitarist Jack Collins, bassist Dylan Brenner, and drummer Will Goodroad. If you want to jam out to heavy-driven riffs, you better keep this band on your radar.

DEAD POET SOCIETY

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TEENAGE WRIST

Next up is Los Angeles alternative rockers Teenage Wrist. Unlike DSP, I’ve never heard of these guys until that night. Consisting of Anthony Salazar (drums) and Marshall Gallagher (guitar, vocals), along with touring members Jacob Evergreen (guitar) and Matt Cohen (bass), their sound can be described as shoegaze and grunge. So basically, if Asbury Park native Sonic Blume and Nirvana had a baby, its sound would be these guys. Same with Dead Poet Society, this band makes me pumped for the future of rock and roll.

TEENAGE WRIST

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BADFLOWER

Badflower time! If you don’t know already, Badflower consists of Josh Katz (vocals, guitar), Joey Morrow (guitar), Alex Espiritu (bass), and Anthony Sonetti (drums). I remember the first time I saw Badflower… allow me to reminisce. It was December 1st, 2018 at Asbury Lanes. And while I went to that show to see The Wrecks with one of my best friends, Badflower kicked the night off. They opened their set with "Soap," the first song they have ever released, and still my favorite song of theirs to jam out to. Hearing that song for the first time absolutely destroyed me in the best way possible. Let me tell you something. Before that concert, I would rarely remember/care about the opening bands. But as soon as Badflower’s set ended that night, that changed. No like I am not even exaggerating... I was absolutely hooked and I promised myself that I’d actually pay more attention to openers. You never know when you’re going to fall in love with them! I like to tell people I knew them when ;)

I love when you get the chance to see how much a band evolves. Seeing Badflower go from the first opening act on a bill, to selling out major concert venues makes me feel so happy as an avid rock fan. And now, they’re celebrating their second full-length album! The album’s sound is collectively more massive than their debut album, but that just proves how much they have evolved. Most of the setlist that night consisted of new album songs that have never been released. Josh even joked about this during the show, how not many people are going to know the words. But in a crowd full of die-hard Badflower fans, every song spoke sonically to the audience and it wasn’t too long until everyone knew the words. That’s what I love about Badflower, they have the ability to relate to fans INSTANTLY! You can’t get enough and immediately get hooked.


I can go on and on about how much success Badflower deserves, but my fingers can only write so much. I hope to see you at the next Badflower show. Until then, don’t forget to check out the new album, This Is How The World Ends on all platforms.

BADFLOWER

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Setlist

Fukboi / Don’t Hate Me / Johnny Wants to Fight / 30 / Only Love / Tethered / Heroin / The Jester / Promise Me / Stalker / Everyone’s an Asshole / Family / Sasshole / Girlfriend / Machine Gun / Ghost / My Funeral



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"I grew up in the electric music scene of Asbury Park, NJ, drumming since the age of 5. As a performer, I am passionate about capturing the thrilling moments artists experience on stage. My interest in concert photography has immensely grown from building relationships with local bands and venues along the Jersey Shore. I am currently studying Music Business at New York University and have since taken my talents to the city. I’m proud to share my passion as a contributor to Asbury Park Vibes! There’s no other place like Asbury Park."

- John Matlosz

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