Pegboy at Riot Fest 2012 | Photos and live music review
Although the local punk band Pegboy (who hit early success in the ’90s) hasn’t played frequently since its disbanding in 2000, the group maintains a significant cult following. This bunch packed the Congress Theater Friday night, where they were met with a band that just couldn’t hide its age and increasing irrelevance. This wasn’t just because singer Larry Damore accused the crowd of “all [being ] fucking 13!” Damore seemed clearly drained by performing, and his vocals were all but drowned out in the theater’s notoriously bad acoustics. Instead of compensating for this, Damore actually plopped into a sitting position for half a song and performed that way. As perhaps a nostalgic, obligatory gesture, he tried awkwardly crowd surfing during the group’s early hit, “Superstar.” This was followed by Damore pacing the stage and spastically punching the air in a way that almost every amateur metal band singer must have done once in college. Kudos to the fans who cheered anyway, probably still hearing the post-hardcore band’s music of yore in the backs of their minds.