Despite the fact that Atlanta’s Microwave has graced my Spotify on no more than two occasions, I found their setlist familiar when they opened at Cat’s Cradle on Wednesday night. I nodded my head, hummed choruses and melodies, and felt a rush when the band started into one of my favorites (“Something Right”) from their most recent release, “Stovall.”
Though prior to Wednesday I may not have called myself a fan, last night marked the third time I’ve seen the Georgia quartet since August due simply to the bands that Microwave has opened for. But something clicked as I was singing along to their album’s title track on Wednesday — whether coincidence or cosmic intervention, something was telling me to give Microwave a shot, and I found my third exposure to be my favorite of the lot.
Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts followed and intensified the pace of the Cradle’s collective heartbeat. I first listened to the band on walk over, and was shocked to find that the frenetic, blitzing songs they produced came from only three members. Infinitely polite vocalist and guitarist Dylan Mattheisen thanked the crowd repeatedly for their attendance, a cordiality enthusiastically reciprocated by the crowd at the end of his band’s set.
Not to be outdone, Los Angeles’ post-hardcore outfit letlive. truly brought the house down. Frontman Jason Butler screamed, sang and scrambled across the Cradle, venturing to the elevated landing on two separate occasions (the second time to sing a brief ode to the silhouette of the late, great Lemmy Kilmister that hangs to the left of the stage) and tearing to shreds the shirt he wore across his tattooed torso.