You Won’t brings revolutionary instruments to Washington DC

The only thing that could have made the You Won’t show on Wednesday night at the Black Cat in DC better was if they came onstage wearing the Revolutionary War era garb from their album cover. On tour for Revolutionaries, the band brought a lively, entertaining and sonically refreshing performance to the Backstage room on 14th Street.

The duo Josh Arnoudse and Raki Sastri were supported on tour by two friends, and all four men onstage related by marriage. “There has been sexual contact,” Josh jested as he introduced the bandmates. As Josh entertained the audience with his quippy interjections and dramatic moves, Raki hustled behind his drum kit, picking up multiple instruments per song. Not many bands have a “saw mic check” before the show, but low and behold, Raki played an old saw with a bow on “Trampoline”, accompanied by Josh on the harpsichord. In addition to the saw, throughout the night, Raki played ukulele, harmonica, harpsichord, and switched numerous mallets on the drums. Josh traded his guitar for what he calls the Whirly Tube, giving the audience a dramatic solo of tube sounds as he struck poses onstage.


This tour has brought much more success to You Won’t in DC than previous shows in the District. Nearly empty shows at the Velvet Lounge for the last album were succeeded by packed show at DC9 in May. Wednesday’s show at the Black Cat’s smaller downstairs Backstage room was full of people familiar with the band’s songs, singing along to catchy tracks like “1-4-5” and “No Divide”.

The Whirly Tube came out again for the title track “Revolutionaries”. They closed the encore with a beautiful rendition of their hit from Skeptic Goodbye, “Television”. The band was all smiles as the exited, leaving DC victorious for the second time in 2016.





Anna covers shows in DC and San Francisco, and enjoys cartography and bicycling. More of her work can be found at www.annamcgarrigle.com.

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You Won’t brings revolutionary instruments to Washington DC

The only thing that could have made the You Won’t show on Wednesday night at the Black Cat in DC better was if they came onstage wearing the Revolutionary War era garb from their album cover. On tour for Revolutionaries, the band brought a lively, entertaining and sonically refreshing performance to the Backstage room on 14th Street.

The duo Josh Arnoudse and Raki Sastri were supported on tour by two friends, and all four men onstage related by marriage. “There has been sexual contact,” Josh jested as he introduced the bandmates. As Josh entertained the audience with his quippy interjections and dramatic moves, Raki hustled behind his drum kit, picking up multiple instruments per song. Not many bands have a “saw mic check” before the show, but low and behold, Raki played an old saw with a bow on “Trampoline”, accompanied by Josh on the harpsichord. In addition to the saw, throughout the night, Raki played ukulele, harmonica, harpsichord, and switched numerous mallets on the drums. Josh traded his guitar for what he calls the Whirly Tube, giving the audience a dramatic solo of tube sounds as he struck poses onstage.


This tour has brought much more success to You Won’t in DC than previous shows in the District. Nearly empty shows at the Velvet Lounge for the last album were succeeded by packed show at DC9 in May. Wednesday’s show at the Black Cat’s smaller downstairs Backstage room was full of people familiar with the band’s songs, singing along to catchy tracks like “1-4-5” and “No Divide”.

The Whirly Tube came out again for the title track “Revolutionaries”. They closed the encore with a beautiful rendition of their hit from Skeptic Goodbye, “Television”. The band was all smiles as the exited, leaving DC victorious for the second time in 2016.





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