Group of students host Halloween basement concert – The GW Hatchet

The GW Student Music Coalition presented their first Halloween concert on Sunday night in collaboration with the music streaming app Put Me On.

Coalition Co-Chairs Jacy Case and Wyatt Kirschner, along with members of the club’s electronic board, hosted the free event which was held in the basement of the Pan-Hellenic National Council Common House at 607 , 23rd St. NW. Six groups and musicians of student artists, ranging from punk and indie to rap, rocked the “Sunday Scaries Show”, which opened at 7pm.

“We have a lot of really talented musicians on campus and we were like, ‘You know, we need a gig,’” said Case. “So we succeeded. “

Featured solo bands and musicians included indie rock band Citrus Maxima, indie duo Alphabet Soup, solo rap artist Collin Cadet, indie rock band Jacy Case and Friends, rock band Static TV and performers. rap solo Khari Crooms.

Several of the student interpreters were members of SMC, which is located in the basement of Shenkman Hall. Members can access three different rehearsal rooms equipped with drum kits, amps, microphones and keyboards with their 24/7 access to the space.

“I think what I would really like to see is for the GW community to come and support their fellow student artists and have a good time at an event centered around music and the arts,” she said. declared.

Case said she was happy to host the event at the NPHC Townhouse, especially since several members of the NPHC’s six historically black Greek organizations were developers of the Put Me On app.

“The SMC space is not the best place to put on a show, but we have all the equipment, so finding people who can help us to really do a great performance for everyone has been a very good experience,” Case said.

Along with organizing the event, Case performed some of his original songs for the first time with his band, Jacy Case and friends.

“Sharing this with new people has been a really exciting experience and a really cool process to go through,” she said.

Zack Basile and Max Cohen, the students behind Alphabet Soup, met two months ago via SMC.

Alphabet Soup performed original songs at the concert they independently collaborated on and self-produced during the pandemic.

“It’s really special to play in someone’s basement,” Cohen said. “This is not something that has happened too much since COVID. “

He said he was delighted to hear that SMC is hosting a concert, and they hope they will host more in the future.

“Any organization that takes on the task of creating live music is great,” Cohen said. “SMC really helped the little dorms and everyone at the last show, I think it’s great that they put more of it.”

Senior Wyatt Kirschner, co-chair of SMC, is a member of two of the bands that performed, Citrus Maxima and Static TV.

Kirschner said he and others came up with the idea for the event due to the lack of house shows since the closure of Mystery Inc, a prominent Washington venue.

“Now that that doesn’t really happen anymore, we just wanted to capture that same spirit,” he said. “We just started to see if anyone else was interested in playing and it kind of came together a few weeks ago.”

Kirschner said all of the artists were involved in promoting the event.

“We asked each artist to publish an article about it,” he said. “We made a poster and posted it everywhere, and I shared on social media with a lot of our friends, telling people to pass it on. Word of mouth stuff.

Static TV was launched during its freshman year at GW after meeting other freshmen who shared a common interest in punk.

“We were really into punk music during our freshman years, but now we’re sort of into more complex stuff with different time signatures,” Kirschner said. “We really got into Polvo and stuff like that, so that’s kind of our direction now.”

His other band, Citrus Maxima, hail from upstate New York and have a more alternative indie sound. Their song, 1970, has racked up over 130,000 streams on Spotify.

Kirschner said they will be playing this song among others from older EPs as well as some unreleased music.

As Kirschner graduates this year, he said he hopes next year’s electronic board puts on another show.

“I think it would be great to make it an annual event,” he said. “There is real interest in home shows and a lot of people just aren’t exposed to it, so hopefully that will happen next year.”

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