I had planned on heading to DC to start my vacation-like trip during the day last Saturday but I wanted to shoot something before I left town. I knew that Rocky Business and Ninjasonik were playing at a spot called the Suffolk and I knew that was the play before I hit town. When it was all said and done I didn’t start packing until after 5am and I ended up leaving for DC until 7 in the morning. Whoops.
The Suffolk reminds me a lot of the old punk shows I used to go to at Churches or VFW Halls or something. It was just a room with a shit PA set up and the band playing on the floor. People brought in their own booze and in one case, their own orange juice. It was a pretty good vibe at first even though there weren’t a lot of kids there. I think the first band was Azores but I am not 100% sure. I missed most of their set and the rest of the show but luckily I caught all of Rocky Business and Ninjasonik.
Rocky Business fucking killed it. Those guys have really stepped up their game since I first saw them just a few months ago. Seeing them kill it at SXSW in front of a thousand people was amazing, but seeing them put on just as good of a show to 30 dudes says a lot about them as a band. These guys are sure to blow up one of these days and hopefully I’ll be seeing my logo tattooed on SB’s arm on the cover of Rolling Stone…
When they ended their set they knocked over all the drums and fucked a bunch of shit up. For whatever reason I missed most of this due to the fact that I am an idiot. It seemed like it was a lot of fun until I realized none of the equipment they were smashing was owned by them. It was the Suffolk’s back line and the club flipped out even though nothing was really broken. They just sort of knocked it over. Rocky Business got kicked out of their own show which is clearly punk as fuck and I was pretty sure the show was over.
Everyone started to leave and I was about to until I saw Ninjasonik setting up. Somehow, somebody talked someone into letting the Ninjas play and they managed to get out a short set before someone got really drunk and ended up starting a fist fight with a bunch of girls. This seemed like a bad move and he got kicked out and shit looked like it was about to get ugly. The Ninjas were told they only had one song, but shit calmed down a little and they ended up doing three.
Overall, total chaos was ultimately avoided and despite no blood or rioting it ended up being a pretty good show anyway.
Click here to see all the photos from Ninjasonik & Rocky Business at The Suffolk.