Saturday Night: She Wants Revenge & Nico Vega At Warehouse Live
Aftermath made our way into Warehouse Live Saturday night, expecting to dance our pants off to some She Wants Revenge, whom we had put on the backburner after we overcame and outgrew our angsty, teenage years. But there was a surprise waiting for us inside - a beautiful, hard-rocking bombshell of a band that made remember that rock and roll can be sexy for male concertgoers, too.
As we walked inside, a woman in a white dress onstage asked all the ladies present to put their hands into the air. She then began to chant, "I won't be afraid of anything! I won't be afraid of anything!" as the venue was filled with the shrill screams of every woman in attendance.
Wishing we had arrived earlier, we made our way to the merch tables to find out the band's name. Nico Vega, we learned, have been to Houston before; what we still don't know, however, is why we had never heard of them before Saturday.
The next song they began to play was poppy and energetic. While the ladies seemed to be having the most fun, as seems to be the case at most of the shows Aftermath attends, everyone was swept up in Nico Vega's music. And what followed, a song we later learned is called "Beast," completely astounded us.
Front woman Aja Volkman announced, "This will be our last song of the evening," to a resounding number of boos, as heavy, bluesy guitar riffs set above pulse-pounding drums drew the entire crowd into a collaborative head bob (you know, that thing we white people do when we try to dance) and ended with cheers, screams and an overall frenzy of the group's fans and newcomers alike.
If you ever thought that female lead singers couldn't rock, Nico Vega will prove you wrong. Volkman's voice makes you beg for more and beg for mercy at the same time. Then you feel something tingling all over your body, and your ears climax.
That's the PG-13 feeling, at least.