Night Club with Holy Wars
7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN – March 28th, 2022.
Review and photos by Kate Klaus
Los Angeles based dark-electronic rock duo Night Club made a stop on their “Die in the Disco” tour at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry on March 28th, 2022. Opening the night was dark pop/alt-rock band Holy Wars, also out of the Los Angeles area, who delivered an intensely powerful and energetically moving set. Singer Kat Leon’s stunning vocals were complemented by her captivating stage presence, oscillating between playful, fierce, and charmingly naughty. Guitarist Nicolas Perez (The Beta Machine, Poppy) commanded the stage with striking guitar riffs and haunting dark tones. Joined by drummer Shep Martin, the trio filled the venue with fiery energy and amazing music. Playing though many of the heavy-hitting songs from their recent EP “Battery Life”, Holy Wars left the crowd wanting more and gained many new fans.
Continuing with that energy, Night Club opened their set with DJ Mark Brooks taking the stage behind the bright neon sign as singer Emily Kavanaugh took center stage in her characteristic dark makeup and chunky boots. Night Club’s music is an energetic mix of dark beats and synth pop with edgy lyrics and fusion of elements of rock, pop, and electronica. Their opening song “Go To Sleep” off their 2020 album “Die Die Lullaby” had the packed 7th Street Entry crowd jumping and cheering and singing along. They followed that up with “Die in the Disco”, for which the tour is named, and then launched into other favorites including “Candy Coated Suicide” and “Schizophrenic” from their 2018 album “Scary World” which they previously performed while touring with A Perfect Circle. Not only is the music edgy and catchy, but Emily’s playful yet psychotic stage presence makes Night Club’s performance an experience for their fans. They closed the night bringing down the house with crowd favorites “Scary World” and encore “Dear Enemy”, ending a perfect evening of two well-paired bands clearly enjoying being out on the road performing.