It was no surprise Thursday night to discover the Devil is a luring siren with a vicious bite. Disguised in a full-length trench coat, unrecognizable as She ascended the stage at Stubb’s…Her horns replaced with a loosely twisted bun and shimmering head ornament…A Novation keyboard in place of a pitchfork and a fresh pair of Adidas strapped around Her soon-to-be frenzied hooves. Once Cara Juan unleashed the night’s first of many howling screams during Ladyfang’s aptly titled opener, it was clear…she’s the Devil we all should follow.
Ladyfang’s entrancing frontwoman is a captivating force to witness live with her playful exuberance and frantic vocal outbursts that have led to many young Stefani comparisons. But don’t be mistaken, Ladyfang is so much more than Juan’s supporting cast. That fact became clear immediately as their set began with guitarist Andre Juan and bassist Tyler Schutte shredding through a minute-long instrumental opening. The band truly comes alive on stage with an infectious, dance-inducing cohesion blending devilish indie-pop with post-punk, alternative rock creating a uniquely eclectic pop-rock concoction. Their upbeat performance boasted blazing guitar riffs with righteous feedback carrying, bold, slap-in-the-face vocals and huge, sweeping choruses of hypnotic proportions. It was everything you could hope for in a live performance from one of Austin’s brightest alternative band’s. Expect 2018 to be a huge year for Ladyfang.
Ladyfang at Stubb’s
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun