City Paper is not for tourists
The life of a band is a funny thing. For a moment, being in one can feel like the most important thing in the world: creating music and spreading your message with some of your best friends, traveling the country, and being part of a community of like-minded artists. It’s fleeting, though. Life happens and bands can’t stay together forever (unless you’re The Rolling Stones—those dudes are ancient). Such is the case with Chicago’s Split Feet, whose surfy, fierce post-punk will come to end after its current tour. Guitarist/vocalist Jes Skolnik—whose prolific work as a freelance music writer and critic landed her a sweet staff job at Bandcamp as managing editor—is moving to New York. On the band’s full-length debut, 2015’s Shame Parade, the quartet channels classic D.C. bands like Autoclave and Slant 6 over the course of eight original songs (and one bad-ass Siouxsie and the Banshees cover). The band—which also includes guitarist Taylor Kelley, bassist/vocalist Christine Wolf, and drummer Keara Shipe—plans to record and release more material, but Thursday night is the last time you’ll be able to catch it live in D.C. Split Feet performs with Daylight Robbery, Booby Trap, and Default Handshake at 8 p.m. at Union Arts DC, 411 New York Ave. NE. $10. unionartsdc.com.