Punk band War on Women in Asbury Park: High energy with a relevant message

Live Review

War On Women. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia

Live Review: War on Women with Burntmill Ghosts – House of Independents, Asbury Park, New Jersey-May 14, 2022

Shawna Potter of War On Women. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

War on Women performed at the House of Independents in the historical Ashbury Park, New Jersey on may 14th.  It was a perfect spot for a Punk Rock night–and Rock at Night was present to experience the show.

The evening started with a local band Burntmill Ghosts and they did a good job to set the mood. Next on stage, was the War on Women, and what a performance it was! From the first song till the last, the audience was grooving with the music. Shawna Potter is a burst of energy and the energy is contagious to the spectators. She danced, jumped, and head-banged throughout the performance – an absolutely spectacular stage presence. She even allowed two kids to get on the stage and dance to the songs.

Kids dancing with War On Women. Photo by Shuvam DasGupta.

Besides Shawna, Brooks Harlan, and Jennifer Vito performed on guitar, Suzanne Werner on the bass, and Dave Cavalier on the drums.  All of the band was spot on. The setlist included songs like – ‘Lone Wolves’, ‘Silence is the Gift’, ‘Aqua Tofana’, and my favorite of the lot ‘White Lies’. All the songs are pure examples of how Punk Rock should be and the best part is the lyrics which are relevant, political, and talk about issues in the society that needs to be pointed out and addressed. So kudos to WoW to be able to constantly create music that has an impact.

Overall, it was a great show and the only downside was that Good Riddance could not perform because one of the band members tested positive for Covid right before the show. We wish him a speedy recovery.




Check out War On Women on any of the following dates:

May 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland

May 14 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents

May 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall

May 16 Covington, KY @ Madison Live!

May 17 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

May 18 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s

May 19 London, ON @ Rum Runners @ London Music Hall

May 20 Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground

May 21 Montreal Quebec @ Pouzza (Shawna’s birthday!)


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