Who are these seven people bouncing around stage making all that noise? They’re called Aficionado and that’s simply what they do: punk rock that sounds like no punk rock you’ve heard before.
Aficionado spent the majority of their active years working to balance the varying skills, strengths and tastes of their seven members. They have succeeded. Equipped with a diverse musical arsenal boasting a flute, an occasional horn and two show-stealing vocalists, Aficionado blends indecipherable influences into a cacophony of high-energy punk brilliance. Or punk-ish brilliance: this sound isn’t cut from any cloth we recognize.
It all comes together for Aficionado under the vicious vocal tagteam of Laura Carrozza and Nick Warchol. Her voice is subdued but sharp; his is unpolished and damn near masochistic. But together, they’re a volatile singular force and about as tantalizing as any two-part harmony you’ve heard. And that’s a fitting way to sum up the off-hand appeal of Aficionado: things that seem incongruous fitting together like jigsaws.
Aficionado is garage-punk incarnate, careless and invigorating and really fun to witness in person. The members feed off each other like cannibals, seven distinct energies clashing and bouncing off each other and erupting into reckless ecstasy. Or something like that; whatever it is, you won’t forget it anytime soon.