Boring Portals, the Lean Few
The Tin Roof
June 29

On Friday night, the Tin Roof gave Charleston a nice dose of dirty rock. Local trifecta Boring Portals and four-piece band the Lean Few broke out their roughest, loudest stuff. They recorded the entire show for a forthcoming live album release.

Boring Portals came on stage with lead singer and drummer Scott Dence introducing the band in the dimly lit bar. “We’re going to play as loud and crazy as possible,” Dence announced to the audience. They opened with the song “Ocean Party,” heavy with guitar and bass, with Brett Nash playing guitar and singing lead vocals.

The music was chaotic, loud, and energetic, with most of their songs played at a rapid pace that riled up the crowd. They talked to their audience with silly distorted voices and funny faces in between songs with titles like “Masturbation Lexicon” and “Shit Guys Say to Girls in Bands.” Nash closed the set with a sweaty, PBR-induced frenzy, jumping off the stage to hold out his guitar for anyone to mess with, grabbing drumsticks and smashing them against the cymbals.

One could easily call them garage rock, but it’s hard to stick a label on the sound of Boring Portals. There’s a rough, rawness reminiscent of punk. Take that, but replace the punk anger with goofiness, and you’ve got the idea.

The Lean Few opened their set with an instrumental on drums, bass, and guitar, following with the tune “Girlfriends,” in which Rob Kampert repeated in a high-pitched voice, “I touched your girlfriend.” Some songs sounded like classic, old-school punk, while others had a more contemporary rock vibe. Guitarist Phillip Allen leaned into the audience, coming close to taking off his pants on a dare between songs. People in the crowd danced, spinning each other by the hands and laughing. The music held a fun, happy energy. The setting was intimate, like a group of friends jamming out under no pressure to perform.

The show will be edited and released as an EP at a later date to be announced. In the meantime, Nash will be popping up again at the Tin Roof with his other band, Southern Femisphere, on July 16 for a EP launch party before going on tour.

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