The Sidekicks recently opened for Tigers Jaw at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read what Cloak + Dagger writer and photographer Nick Lampers had to say about the punk band’s performance.
It was a typical fall night in Ann Arbor Michigan. The leaves had begun change colour and fall. The Parking garages were full to capacity due to the University of Michigan’s football game taking place down the street. I’m walking down down the sidewalk after spending an excessive amount of time looking for a parking spot. I turn the corner, cross the street, and find myself to be outside at The Blind Pig.
I got a chill, but not from the fall breeze. I saw a line going out and around the corner from The music venue. Tonight was the night that The SideKicks were touring through town supporting Tigers Jaw on their 10 year anniversary tour. So I got in line, once inside I pushed my way to the front cramped, standing shoulder to shoulder with my camera at my side.
I hadn't heard of The Sidekicks not too long before that night. However, when listening to their music for the first time I was immediately curious about them and wanted more. Their music has a intriguing mix of happy and somber undertones, perfect for fall time in my opinion. In their newest full length LP “Happiness Hours” they allude to themes such as childhood nostalgia, coming of age, and self introspection. After sometime waiting at the show, Steve Ciolek (Vocals & guitar) walked on stage with rips in his pants at the knees. He looked at the crowd and waved as if we were old friends and hadn't seen each other in a while.
As well written as “Happiness Hours” is, it was no match to their outstanding performance onstage. Steve Ciolek (Vocals & Guitar) constantly jumped and come down on his knees, which would explain the rips. His exuberant energy was contagious, and the crowd couldn’t help but take it all in and jump up and down with him. The chemistry radiating between The Sidekicks on stage and the crowd made for a great experience, and I would truly recommend going to see them whenever they are coming through your town.
Photos and review by Nick Lampers