Written and Photographed by Angel Park
On the small but mighty stage of Ukie Club on Franklin, Catfite (Also known as Catbite), Abraskadabra, and Kill Lincoln performed to a packed crowd Monday night (10/24) for what would be the most energetic, lively, and two-step happy performance for SKA and Hardcore genre enthusiasts across the city.
For those unfamiliar with SKA, it is a genre of music that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s. It is characterized by a fast tempo, upbeat rhythms, and lighthearted tonality. The genre has come far from its brass-heavy, suit, and hat-bearing formalities. Each group provided their unique take on the genre with their incredible performances.
Abraskadabra opened the night; they have an intense Brazilian ska/punk sound whose high-energy set gave way to the perfect kick-off point for what would be one incredible evening. The group dove into their horn and riff-heavy set after a quick thanks to the growing crowd for turning out to their show. It didn’t take long for the circle pit to start forming, and this energy carried through their entire performance until Kill Lincoln took the stage.
Kill Lincoln is a D.C.-based group formed by merging two great traditions. Their live performance was nothing short of incredible and worthy of every circle pit and headbanger in the front row as they powered through tracks such as “Used Up,” “Last Ditch Stand,” and “Can’t Complain.”
Catfite is known as the hardcore-influenced version of local ska group Catbite. The four-piece closed the show on a high note, and fans could not have been more excited to see them perform “Scrach Me Up,” “Can’t Give You Love,” and “As You Will.” Catfite, Abraskadabra, and Kill Lincoln put on an excellent show for Ukie Club that evening.
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