Live: Plague Vendor and Prude Boys

Last week, Detroit’s upstart music venue, El Club added to their quickly growing list of “artists that have played here” by hosting Whittier, CA and Epitaph recording artists, Plague Vendor who are touring in support of their latest release Bloodsweat, Kicking off the festivities was Hamtramck, MI indie trio, Prude Boys. It was obvious from the start that Prude Boys are skilled musicians and songwriters with a sound made up of surf, fuzz and garage rock. Watching Prude Boys solidified that it’s only a matter of time until big things come their way. Plague Vendor had surprisingly never played Detroit before. In typical Midwest fashion, those in attendance did their damndest to make them feel right at home. Plague Vendors set, which was cut short due to a timing snafu, weighed heavily on Bloodsweat. Opening up the set was Anchor to Ankles => Black Sap Scriptures, off of 2014’s critically acclaimed Free to Eat. In break-neck pace there were only a few stoppages in the action, which essentially enabled vocalist Brandon Blaine to catch his breath. Plague Vendor has made a name for themselves due of their frenetic live shows. Blaine’s stage presence, as one audience member chimed in, “would be the love child of The Cramps Lux Interior, Iggy Pop and Detroit’s own Jack White”, and is fitting. Their set was far more than high energy as Plague Vendor has found a way to meld their performances into a controlled chaos that grabs you by the throat and makes you beg for them to squeeze harder. Set List
  • Anchor to Ankles
  • Black Sap Scriptures
  • ISUA
  • Jezebel
  • Ox Blood
  • Nothing\’s Wrong (new song)
  • Chopper
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