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Pop punk outfit Direct Hit! comes to Davenport’s Daytrotter Dec. 3


Direct Hit! w/ Terribly Happy + Fairhaven — Live at Daytrotter

Daytrotter — Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

Photo by Jessica Kaminski
Photo by Jessica Kaminski

Drug benders, nuclear bombs and volatile relationships abound in Direct Hit!‘s driving pop punk anthems, and now they’re coming to Iowa. After touring with groups like NOFX and Blink-182, the Wisconsin punk band will play an all ages show at Daytrotter (324 Brady St., Davenport) this Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at door.

The band was founded in 2007 by frontman and guitarist Nick Woods. Drummer Danny Walkowiak has been with the group since 2007 as well, whereas guitarist Devon Kay and bassist Steven Maury joined the ensemble in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

This tour showcases the band’s third studio album Wasted Mind (2016), which is their first with Fat Wreck Chords.

“Getting to release an album on a record label you’ve admired from afar your whole life comes packaged with everything your teenage self dreams about: meeting your heroes, playing in front of more people than you ever thought you would, and feeling validated that the stupid amount of work you put into something so not-lucrative is somehow worth the effort,” Woods said.

Wasted Mind is a concept album exploring the world of “drugs and chemicals and insanity,” Woods said, which draws inspiration from mind-bending cult classics like William S. Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch and Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, according to the label’s page.

Following these drugged-out vignette models, the album’s pristine production allows their crisp vocals to deliver witty narratives of romance and insanity at a high-speed thrashing pace. The 12-song record also includes their signature album introduction: “Fuck you; get pumped.”

“It’s awesome that I still get to pretend I’m a kid even though I’m almost in my mid-30s,” Woods said.

Opening for the Milwaukee four-some are Terribly Happy, a pop punk group out of Peoria, Ill., and Fairhaven, a ska punk band based in the Quad Cities.

Terribly Happy released their third album, Modern Life, earlier this year, delving into the tropes of pop punk topics like frustrations of small town living and finding solace in a basement full of friends. Ky Hamon’s steady mid-tempo guitar balances his and bassist James Wylie’s imploring vocals, and drummer Logan Kiesewetter is equally adept at setting an excitingly dissonant pace in their faster songs while offering strong bridges to break up slower ones.

Self-proclaimed pop-punk reggae ska band Fairhaven is bringing sunshine and beach-y vibes to this Midwestern winter. With a trio of saxophones and a trombone, the seven-man band has been playing their jovial hybrid tunes since 2010. Exploring the tempo landscape between ska and steady rock, frontman Landon Kuhlmann, also of Iowa City-based punk band Port Authority, mixes typical punk vocal patterns against the staccato reggae rhythms to create an inviting new sound.

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