At the closing of 2019 Washington, D.C., was treated to an incredible metalcore/industrial show with the return of Rhode Island’s noise-rockers, Daughters, along with electro trio HEALTH and Brooklyn’s raucous, Show Me The Body. This was the end of a lengthy tour for Daughters, still supporting their 2018 release, You Won’t Get What You Want, and although frontman Alexis Marshall had suffered some concert related injuries along the way, his performance was still as animated and emotion driven as ever.
Fans at the
club were definitely excited to see Daughters return to the stage after an
8-year hiatus. The band broke up after their second album in 2010 and briefly
reunited in 2013 for a one-off show, but it wouldn’t be until 2018 that they
returned with their highly acclaimed third album, You Won’t Get What You Want. In a recent interview, Marshall
explained their mindset. “We took enough time off from each other that when we
came back writing music was important to us. If you go away for years and come
back and release some trash, then why come back? We certainly didn’t want to be
a reunion band where we do a bunch of shows here and there so everyone who
wants to see us gets to see us. Now we’re trying to be much more conscious of
things and realize that this is actually a job and that we can live doing this.
It’s important that we behave in a much more conscious way.” That time off and
the latest record certainly proved to be invaluable. Not only to the band but
also to the fans. With each leg of the tour the venues have become increasingly
larger, and the fan base is as devoted as ever.
Knocking over trash as he makes his way Sprinting like some wild animal A blur beneath the streetlamps Overhead, a terror-scream Everything he has is within him His shoes come up from off his feet The shadow haunts him for several yards The ghosts of what he was, desperate to keep up until gone Now the road, punching upwards into his soft, naked feet He is never-knowing, never again Forever flowing, no more waiting His muscles burn, deciding to run till he can run no more To find everything he can find…
– “Ocean Song” from You Won’t Get What You Want (2018)
The 9:30 Club was no exception. It was packed, even for a weeknight, and Show Me The Body kicked off the show with intensity and high energy while HEALTH’s industrial heavy bass and beat-synced strobes drew the audience into a hypnotic trance-like state. Daughters then emerged with pounding frenetic energy as Marshall paced the stage, twisting and contorting his body and his mic, sometimes wrapping it around his neck and head, in a tortured and haunting manner. The music was loud and dark and ominous. There was spit and sweat, moshing and crowd surfing, and the DC audience just couldn’t seem to get enough. Thanks to Daughters and the triple bill, it was a memorable end to 2019.