Who Hit Me Album Release Party
3 October 2016 Concert Reviews
Local bands celebrate Who Hit Me album release
Scribed by: Miles Purdy
It was Saturday night in Cleveland, and I walked into the Grog Shop for the first time; the
entryway was covered in flyers and stickers from local acts and big names from over the years.
The grungy aesthetic of the venue sets the tone for the bands I’m about to see. Tonight, I’m here
for the the Who Hit Me album party, with local favorites The Village Bicycle, Sweepyheads and,
of course, Who Hit Me.
The Village Bicycle started things off with a neat collection of pop-rock and punk tunes,
and an enthusiasm I would assume can only come from a few good friends having fun. The band
was extremely in tune with each other, and was impressed with their instrumental sequences.
Sweepyheads, watching from the front row, got things moving during several of their tracks,
especially “Sprankles” and “She’s a Hero”. Just as the crowd was getting pumped, they chose to
play two melodic songs, slowing the crowd’s spastic energy, but still keeping excitement up.
By the time Sweepyheads was on deck, the place was filled. The band’s vivacious energy
and local popularity kicked the crowd into high gear. I had heard these guys’ recordings before,
but seeing them live for the first time was something else entirely. As one fan next to me put it
“This isn’t Rock n’ Roll, this is Sweepyheads!”. A small pit opened up, and I found myself
rubbing shoulders with members of Who Hit Me and The Village Bicycle as we bashed to
Sweepyheads’ “I’ll just go F*** Myself”. It was on of the most fun moments I’ve had at a
Finally, Who Hit Me took the stage. They didn’t waste any time, and blasted the crowd
with a heavier sound than either of the previous acts, and they hit it hard. The energy fueled by
Village Bicycle and Sweepyheads climbed higher and stayed there for much of the show. As
they progressed, I found that they managed to keep a steady tone and pace throughout, especially
with their new tracks, such as “I’m Happy if You’re Happy”. There was a bit of loss of
excitement during a cover of “My Generation”, but they managed to bring it back up. And even
as the crowd started to die down, they ended the show on a killer cover of “ All These Things
That I’ve Done”.
Who Hit Me’s new self-titled album is now available.
You can check out The Village Bicycle, Sweepyheads and Who Hit Me on twitter and Instagram @villagebicycley/ @thevillagebicyclemusic, @sweepyheads, and @whohitmeband, as well as on Facebook.