Review: The Warhawks EP release party in Philadelphia

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The Warhawks. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia

The Warhawks Record Release Show in Philadelphia, with Ugli and The Dead Flowers (3/12/2022)

Ugli. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

It was a cold night in Philadelphia on March 12th. The show at the First Unitarian Church was the perfect place to get warmed up by head-banging to some rock and roll music. ‘The Warhawks’ released and performed songs from their EP  This Ain’t Art.

The show started with South Jersey/Philadelphia-based band UgLi. Their music is a nice blend of Alt Rock and Grunge. It was a compact set list to set the mood for the night and get the people jumping. The frontperson Dylyn Durante almost felt like Kurt Cobain at times with her presence. The final song was featured by an artist playing trumpet with the band which created a unique sound.

The Dead Flowers. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Next in line was the band The Dead Flowers from New Jersey. A pure rock and roll band, they have an inherent melody to their music with hardcore rock and roll. The lead guitarist has a fantastic stage presence and reminded me of Angus Young of AC/DC at times. They literally got the crowd charged up – with people crowd surfing and screaming to the music. By the way, they too were accompanied by (guess what?) a saxophone and a trumpet player.

The Wahawks. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

The final act was The Warhawks featuring John and Pat Bilodeau, Matt Orlando, and Tom Lipski. They are what an indie rock band should be. They had an inner simplicity in their performance but with heavy foot-stomping music. The music is influenced by pure rock and roll, grunge, and punk. They performed songs from the newest EP ‘This Ain’t Art’ that was released on the same day (March 12th) on all major platforms. They got the crowd to the fullest of their energy–there was a lot of people moshing and dancing, screaming and singing with the band. I would highly recommend hearing the new EP that truly reflects the niche they are making in the alt music scene.

Overall, it was a perfect underground show. I even met the band The Mary Veils who were there to enjoy the show.


The Warhawks

The Dead Flowers


Shuvam DasGupta