When a band puts as much time and effort into an album as Communist Daughter did with The Cracks That Built the Wall, you know they’re gonna go all out to celebrate it. And that’s precisely what Communist Daughter did at First Avenue last November, assembling a diverse set of supporting acts (Alpha Consumer, Fraea, Catbath) to help deliver a spirited night of music to the packed hometown club. It had been six years since the release of ComDot’s debut full-length, Soundtrack to the End, and a lot of things had changed — for the better — in the life of frontman Johnny Solomon. He put the destructive ghosts of addiction behind him on the assured and insightful new batch of songs, which absolutely soared in the live setting. Communist Daughter triumphed over the trappings of their past to not only release the best album of their career, but also deliver a rousing, memorable show to celebrate the journey.
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