There’s nothing like getting punched and kicked by sweaty dudes on a Thursday night at the Echo. Grindcore and math rock kings Daughters tore through Los Angeles for the first time since 2016 to a packed room of die-hard fans looking to hear classic hits and cuts off their first record in eight years, You Won’t Get What You Want. After a dicey breakup that split up the band between 2009 and 2013, Daughters made a triumphant return, releasing their fourth record just this October.
The band, led by frontman and songwriter Alexis S.F. Marshall, immediately set the tone for the night opening with their newest single, “Long Road, No Turns” – a dark, rip-roaring romp with dirty guitar and a deconstructed disco rhythm. Dressed in a black suit, Marshall had no qualms practically falling into the crowd, singing moodily, “The road is long, the road is dark / And these are just the words to somebody else’s song.”
The lighting was stark, barely illuminating the faces of the band onstage, and a never-ending barrage of smoke poured into the audience – and yet the intimacy of the evening never waned. With all the droning guitar, hyper-distorted bass, and practically hypnotic drums, Marshall’s baritone vocals carried a meaningful weight. At one point, Marshall opened a bottle of water to drink, but dumped half the liquid on himself and the rest on the crowd. The act quickly felt symbolic as dozens of bodies began moshing along to the classic hit “Daughters Spelled Wrong” and everyone’s voices swelled into one mass. Here’s to hoping Daughters doesn’t wait several years before hitting up Los Angeles again.