This year’s Gross Domestic Product is coming up on April 12 in the East Village. I have stated in the past that this is my second favorite event every year (after 80/35) and this year is easily the most eclectic of any of the bills I can remember. It is a solid cross section of the music scene in Des Moines, but still sticks to its more pop/alt/indie past.
I figure since DMMC upped their game as far as genre representation, I would try to do the same. I grew up and spent my teen years listening to a lot of metal and hard rock. Some of my teenage concerts were with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Sevendust and, of course, Slipknot. As I aged, though, my tastes just drifted away. I still like some occasional hardcore and quick punk, classics like Minor Threat and newer bands like FIDLAR still find its way into the rotation fairly often.
While a band like Dark Mirror isn’t my current cup of tea, there are a lot of things I like about them, and a certain part of me can certainly appreciate them. They are an obviously talented band, and that shines through with each song. Dark Mirror has a lot of hints of early metal pioneers like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The vocals are tight and melodic, while also sneaking the more occasional modern throaty metal grunt. Neither style comes off as strained or forced. It blends naturally with the music.
Musically, they thrash around between quick riffs and tight solos and instrumentals. It is a nice blend, and someone who maybe wouldn’t always listen to a band like this can accept and understand why someone else could. Metal bands and bands with quick guitars like this always tend to put on an amazing live show. As someone who doesn’t play an instrument, I really appreciate how fast the fingers move while still maintaining their sound.
Dark Mirror seems to be the perfect band to introduce their style to an audience who maybe isn’t used to it. Talent such as there’s can trump almost any sort of genre bias.
Try Not To Miss Shows – 4/3 – 4/9
Gungor w/ Wilderman – 4/3 Wooly’s 7pm
Spacy, alt-folk that is super unique. Gungor is really starting to make a name for themselves, and this is a great time to hop aboard their bandwagon.
Small Black w/ Annalibera and Snowmine – 4/4 Vaudeville Mews 9pm
Really fun pop music that uses lots of sounds to make a killer show.
Har Mar Superstar w/ Gloom Balloon and MAIDS – 4/5 Des Moines Social Club 8pm
Har Mar is maybe the most insane live performer working today. He is a non-stop entertainer who does some really unexpected things.