Scenes From Friday Night's Mean Jeans Show at Rubber Gloves.
Portland punk outfit Mean Jeans' best song may be a little jam called “Born on a Saturday Night” (from 2009's Are You Serious?). And, to be sure, they kicked off their set at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton this weekend with that very song. But, alas, it was a Friday night.
Fortunately, Mean Jeans isn't a band that takes itself too seriously. They're rather goofy, actually, and all too happy to namecheck themselves in their own lyrics, which are, for the most part, more silly than anything else.
But their sound remains a strong one — rowdy, thrashy, fast and unapologetic about all of the above — and one that very much fits in alongside the other bands on the Portland-based Dirtnap Records label roster. And, with a number of Dirtnap bands actually being based in Denton (Mind Spiders, The Marked Men, Bad Sports and others, including The Novice, who were one of three bands to open this show), it made sense that the band was treated to something of a hero's welcome at their first-ever Denton show, with a number of aforementioned Denton-based musicians in the crowd during Mean Jeans' set, giving their label mates some support.
Not that Mean Jeans needed it. Over the course of their nearly hour-long offering, the band proved themselves capable showmen — especially after their set lists were rendered useless after the band, stage and crowd all got drenched by a shower of some beers tossed high into the sky early in the band's set. Running instead off of crowd requests for the rest of the show, the band rattled and rocked the Rubber Gloves performance room, taking only the slightest of breaks to regain their bearings and listen to said requests.
It was a whirlwind offering — so much so that the end of the band's set felt more jarring than anything. The evening, which had been moving forward at full-throttle up to that point, came to a sudden, screeching halt.
Always leave them wanting more, I guess.