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Slingshot Dakota played a packed show at Monkey Wrench last Thursday in Austin, Texas. I went into the concert blindly; I was excited to go to a venue I’ve never been to and witness a band I haven’t seen. I ended up being surprised in many ways that night. First, Monkey Wrench isn’t an actual concert venue; it’s a small independent book store. Hikes, the opening act, provided a mobile sound system, the buildings stock studio track lights were dimmed to set the mood, and tables and chairs we’re moved to the back corner of the store so the performers could set up their instruments. No tickets sold for this event by the venue’s choice, but a donation jar was passed around the crowd. This event was a truly underground, fully independent, punk rock show. I’m glad to say I had an amazing time.
Slingshot Dakota consists of two members: Carly Commando (keys and vocals) and Tom Patterson (drums). They don’t use loop pedals. They don’t use backing tracks. They play tight, loud, and with a ton of energy. The band’s skills make them sound larger than most touring four-piece bands. Carly runs an overdrive effect through her keyboard, which makes the instrument have a crunch like an electric guitar while producing a low end scoop sound like a bass when the lower keys are played. Her voice has a grudge tone to it and fits well with her instrument. Tom’s drumming talent is top-notch. He has a wide dynamic range when he plays, so he’s able to to throw down a heavy, flowing beat during a chorus and then smoothly lowers his volume and simplifies the song during a verse. Listen to the band’s song “You” while paying close attention to Tom’s performance. You’ll feel like you’re on an audio rollercoaster.
The band’s performance lasted about an hour, and they kept the crowd dancing and singing the entire time.
Slingshot Dakota is currently on tour supporting the release of their new album Break. I highly recommend checking out their website to see if they’re stopping at a venue near you.
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