BY: KEALIE MARDELL
On Thursday 27th Feb, the Underground Music Society (UMS) presented a stacked line-up hosted at the Gina M. Woodruff Gallery in Long Beach. The gallery presented a relaxed backdrop for a night filled with art and music, with a sense of close-knit camaraderie between the artists and their listeners. It allowed for an open platform, covering everything from the inspirations behind their songs, social and political issues, to the DIY punk scene.
Opening the night was CSULB’s own Hannah Moroz, a singer-songwriter who has performed previously at acoustic shows on campus hosted by UMS. With an impressive acoustic repertoire, ranging from high school throwbacks to those she had created just three days ago, there was a great variety. Moroz has an outstanding voice with incredible depth, showcasing well-written and meaningful songs.
Next up was banjo playing Tommy Danger from the Los Angeles folk-punk duo Moon Bandits. Although this was his first time playing alone without second bandit, Astrid, Tommy had a confident and entertaining performance.
Joining in from San Diego was Dan Faughnder from the band Sledding With Tigers. Dan was charming as he took to the center of the gallery with fans who circled around him. They sang back his lyrics and requested their favorite songs.
Many people relaxed on the gallery floor to listen to Spoonboy, a member of the Washington, D.C. based pop-punk band The Max Levine Ensemble. There was an intimate and emotive feel to his set, tackling issues including sexism, masculinity and privilege, through beautifully crafted songs and powerful lyrics.
Spoonboy praised the next act, fellow touring musician Theo Hilton (Nana Grizol), as one of his favourite songwriters. Theo continued with the array of impressive vocals and heartfelt songs that shined throughout this event.
To close the night, things amped-up with punk-rock band Tough Stuff. This local group kicked things into high gear and ended the night on a ground shaking high.
This event was a huge success for the Underground Music Society, who are dedicated to fostering a local music scene at CSULB. To find out about future shows visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/csulbums, follow @csulbUMS, or email firstname.lastname@example.org