Wargasm And Luna Aura Ignite The Stage At Wallingford

While Corey Taylor, on CMF2 release day, had the headline slot, Wargasm and Luna Aura brought their energy and attitude to the Wallingford stage on what was a memorable evening. 

Wargasm – Luna Aura

The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford

15 September 2023

Words and Photography: Shannon Wilk

Wargasm

Wargasm - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Wargasm – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

Taking the stage at 8:20 PM as direct support were Wargasm. Hailing from London, UK, this duo features guitarist/vocalist Sam Matlock as well as bassist/vocalist Milkie Way, who create music which can only be described as a revival of nu-Metal with an electronic edge. 

The pair and their touring members have been on the road with Corey Taylor for a couple of weeks and have served as the perfect act to get the crowd absolutely hyped and ready for Taylor’s set. 

Wargasm - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Wargasm – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

Matlock takes the stage with heart-shaped sunglasses and a sloppy black suit, and Way joins him with a Harley Davidson bomber jacket, a cheetah print miniskirt, and an olive green Gretsch bass slung over her shoulder. 

Wargasm opened their set with two songs from their 2022 EP, Explicit: The Mixxxtape; Super Fiend and DRILDO. Way says into her mic, “You gonna sing along with us on this one? It’s only four words… DRINK! FUCK! FIGHT! LOVE!”

Wargasm - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Wargasm – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

The band brought nonstop energy and motion around the stage throughout their entire set. Blink your eyes, and you will miss a critical moment. 

Way brings the look of Cherie Currie and the attitude of Joan Jett, while Matlock is reminiscent of the oh-so-controversial Machine Gun Kelly. To my surprise, Wargasm only played a single song from their upcoming debut album, Venom, to be released October 27th. 

Wargasm - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Wargasm – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

The group closed with what they dubbed “an angry song for sad people”, a track titled Spit.

Luna Aura

Luna Aura jumps on the stage at the Dome for their very first show on this tour. She and her band perform with intense energy and no holds barred attitude.

Luna Aura - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Luna Aura – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

This is a perfect recipe when opening for someone like Corey Taylor. 

Gritty, overdriven guitar is paired with even grittier riot grrrl-type vocals. Luna Aura’s avant-garde style is just the cherry on top of her performance, which features eloquent feminine aggression with a strong message of rebellion and individuality.

Luna Aura - The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford - 15 September 2023
Luna Aura – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford – 15 September 2023. Photo: Shannon Wilk/MetalTalk

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