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CRUISR, Cold Fronts and Needle Points @ The Barbary.

January 21, 2015

BARBARY_3_CRUISR_006Text and images by Rick Kauffman.

Last Thursday night, Philly’s rock ‘n’ roll heroes vied for the best band name at The Barbary in a homecoming of sorts for CRUISR, who joined with Cold Fronts and supporting act Needle Points for a night of rock riffs, spandex and jean jackets.

Psychedelic rock outfit Needle Points brought the boogie as they opened the all-ages show glammed out with big hair, sequins and eye shadow. Guitarist Davey Chains set the tone with his skin-tight, tiger-print bodysuit. The six-piece crowded the stage and preached songs of love as singer Colin Holloway mesmerized with gyrations of the hips and a smooth finesse of the microphone. Brian Langan, meanwhile, basked in the glow of neon lights and plucked the basslines.

Philly’s Cold Fronts, currently working on their Sire Records debut, played for the crowd a couple of their new diddies as well as some old favorites. Singer/guitarist Craig Almquist punctuated the night with an Iggy Pop-esque plunge into the crowd, belting the finale amidst a sea of women.

CRUISR recently returned from supporting The 1975 at sold out shows across the county – filling venues like the Hollywood Palladium, Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Terminal 5 in NYC and many others on their 30-stop tour. Last Thursday, they filled a much more petite venue, though the energy was much the same. Andy States swooned and swept up the hearts of fans of the feminine variety who had placed themselves within arms reach for an up-close view as the band performed tracks from their recently released All Over EP as well as a few old favorites.

Afterwards, CF’s Almquist accompanied DJ-compadre Chris Coulton in bringing the hits with Space Jams for the official after-party.

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