Lemuria is the quintessential modern pop-punk band. They aren’t a bratty band paying homage to Screeching Weasel or The Ramones. You will find no teenaged-inspired lyrics in their songs. They are a whole other beast. Taking cues from 90s emo, they combine pop sensibilities with indie intelligence, and a punk rock ethic. The music is smart and earnest. They graced the inside stage of Mohawk on Saturday June 15th and played to an intimate crowd of sweaty enthusiasts.
The set was rapid-paced and maybe lasted about forty or fifty minutes. This was the record release show for their new album on Bridge 9, The Distance Is So Big of which they did a few new songs from that the audience seemed to really enjoy, myself included. I was also happy to hear crowd favorites that had people singing along. They did great renditions of “Dog”, “Dogs”, “Mechanical”, and “Lipstick” off of the melancholy album, Get Better. The set was closed out with an encore of “Pleaser” from their sophomore LP, Pebble.
This wasn’t the first time I have seen Lemuria and it surely won’t be the last. They give their all during every performance and the rising popularity they have attained is a testament to that. Some say that punk is dead but pop-punk is definitely a living, breathing entity every time Lemuria hit the stage.
-David Saint Timbercrest
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