Driving an hour in the rain to Pomona is not an ideal Saturday night, but to hear a good band, I’ll do it.
Even without a recent EP or album to promote (as of now), dance-punk darlings Moving Units played to a young and loyal following who were treated to not only music they could move to, but water and cookies as well.
Blake Miller (vox, guitar, wild snake moves) is captivating to watch as he is in constant motion. At one point, he announced that they are just “fuck ups.” Well, I beg to differ. But then again, aren’t we all? Chris Hathwell (drums, cookie/water giver and occasional bass player) was just as interactive with the crowd and his energy was infectious. Johan Boegli kept it smooth and low key bass and completed the trio.
Much was played from their various albums, including Paper Hearts and X and Y, which infused the dancing and sent everyone into a frenzy. Moving Units knows how important the relationship with the audience is. Not all bands get that. One fan was brought up on stage as he made Miller a necklace after having seen the one he wore at the Troubadour show be pulled off of him.
The Glasshouse doesn’t serve alcohol (boo), but there was a lot of fun crowd surfing, a fan girl jumped on stage and briefly danced (Miller stated they strongly encourage this) and during a cold rainy night, some heat was turned on by the Moving Units.