Quick Review: Races + Generationals @ Mohawk (11.20)

Unfortunately our brother-in-cameras, Brian Gray, was unable to attend this jam-packed show due to familial obligations stemming from Thanksgiving, so I traipsed out alone, anxious to see two of my favorite bands, Races and The Generationals.  

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about either band, despite a late start on the evening, pushing back my own obligatory drive through the Interstate to Dallas.  Races have been on our radar for quite some time, and their set really delivered on the promise they displayed earlier this summer, despite being down a member.  But, the current line-up did more than live up to the songs from Year of the Witch, which had a noticeable Texas twang in the live set.  They even played a new song, “Conquistador,” which I’m hoping sees some sort of release soon.  After their set, I couldn’t help but think they’re the sort of band that could help open the eyes of many at a festival such as ACL, dwelling in a world of accessibility and superb craftsmanship.

The Generationals continue to be one of our favorite ATH bands, and the fact that their crowds have grown over the year is a testament to their blossoming career.  Considering it was a holiday weekend, I was amazed at how many people were able to fill in the space on the inside of The Mohawk.  On their recent release, Lucky Numbers EP, there’s a powerful sound coming from the group, utilizing a more pronounced electronic sound…we don’t mind that at all.  Their set was filled with hits from all over their catalogue, which is a must have for any lover of pop music.  If you were one of those in attendance, you surely left with a little bit of bounce in your step heading into the holiday weekend.  Cheers to both bands for an excellent night.

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