With two flat screens and a tentacled machine composed of NES accessories tucked away in the back, you knew I Fight Dragons‘ appearance at the Firebird was going to be a fun one.
The young pop-punk band Equal Squeeze rolled in from Edwardsville, IL with a pack of fans and proud parents. The genre musically doesn’t quite resonate with me these days, but I’ll give the band credit for playing with a lot of gusto.
The I Fight Dragons show turned into constant battle of man vs. machine, with some of the Chicago band’s arsenal of video game equipment out of commission at this point near the end of the current tour. So what does a Nintendocore / chiptune band do without the Nintendo and chips? Show that they’re a legit rock band, with or without of the videogame trappings. Look, I get super geeked out when I hear a band play the theme to Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Brothers (they did both), but enough bands are capable of doing that well (The Advantage, Minibosses) and thankfully I Fight Dragons doesn’t stop there. Showcasing tracks from their latest album, KABOOM!, the group reminded me of Green/Red-era Weezer, only if Rivers Cuomo hadn’t traded his 10-sided dice and X-Men posters into trips to Beverly Hills. I’d love to see the band again at full power, but the group definitely still had enough HP to pull out a great show for the enthusiastic crowd.
-Lots of parents out for Equal Squeeze. I know that can be a bit embarrassing, but I actually thought it was really cute to see them taking an interest in their kids’ hobbies.
-I appreciated that IFD had different uniforms for setting up (goggles and lab coats) and playing (akin to misfit marching band)