The Battle of Old Wyoming is probably the state’s best-kept secret music festival.
The annual event usually consists of 12 hours of music, featuring various punk, rock and other types of bands performing all throughout the day at the Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.
Not everyone knows about it, but for those who do, it’s like a safe haven. Like-minded music fans can hide themselves away from the world for a weekend and just come together to take in some face-melting music.
This year will be no different, with nearly two dozen bands heading out to the small town to perform next Saturday.
Looking at the lineup, one of the group names might stand out, however: Superczar, a punk band that was based out of Laramie nearly a decade ago.
But they’ve been broken up since around 2011, according to former lead singer and guitarist Luke Jensen.
“We played together for about three years, but slowly, each member of the band moved away, one after the other,” he said. “Each person was replaced, and we added a singer to replace my vocals, but I stayed on guitar. Finally, though, one more person moved, and we lost the drive to keep teaching people new songs around 2011.”
When Superczar disbanded, the Laramie punk scene mourned. There was something about the band that spoke to them. Whether it was Jensen’s writing, their sound (“a punk band who sounded like they wanted to be Thin Lizzy,” according to Jensen) or something completely different, Superczar was a band that was missed.
But for the 10th annual Battle next Saturday, they will make their triumphant return.
For one day, at least.
There are no plans for the band to get back together. Life got in the way. However, they can still come back for one more amazing show.
“In the last two years, a few people asked if we would consider getting back together just to celebrate that the Battle has happened this long,” Jensen said. “We thought it was a great reason to be back together and see our friends in this sort of space.”
Along with Superczar, musicians such as Bijouu, Wreckards and Static Nebulus will perform throughout the day.
Although it will be strange to be back onstage again, Jensen feels excited to come back to the Battle as a performer, rather than a fan.
“We played the first Battle, so we thought this would be a really cool way to celebrate its anniversary,” he said. “People are going to get a taste of one of the bands who were there a decade ago. It’s such cool punk history that’s incredibly local to Wyoming. It’s going to be awesome.”