Flint Eastwood electrifies Maintenance Shop

Jax Anderson, lead singer of Flint Eastwood, performs at their concert at the Maintenance Shop on Oct. 26. Flint Eastwood is an indie rock band from Detroit, Michigan.

Tanner Owens

A sparse crowd turned into a crowded dance party Friday with the help of Flint Eastwood’s intense stage presence.

The group ran onto the stage to the sound of roaring applause, despite the crowd being thinner than usual. Standing in front of a screen full of colors and music videos, Jax Anderson showed why she is a force to be reckoned with in the live music scene. Anderson would not accept any energy from the crowd that didn’t match hers all night, creating a night full of dancing, singing and inspiration for those who feel out of place in the world.

The singer, who identifies as lesbian, penned a hastily made new EP titled “This is a Coping Mechanism For a Broken Heart,” which marks a transition for the artist’s sound. The band’s debut album “Broke Royalty” featured lyrics mainly on empowerment and women, while the new EP transitions into LGBT music territory.

The EP was recorded in 48 hours to clear the contents of her mind after a breakup with her long-time girlfriend. The singer has a commanding stage presence, almost intimidating, something she acknowledges.

“In case you just stumbled into this room and are wondering who this angry woman is, I’m Jax Anderson, also known as Flint Eastwood,” the singer said after performing a few songs.

Despite her profanity-laced inter-song speeches, the singer showed a hearty amount of vulnerability at Friday’s concert. The vulnerability is in stark contrast with the defiant, powerful energy that she exudes during live performances.

“At a certain point you have to realize that their opinion is hurting more than it’s helping,” Anderson said, referring to her hometown church that held gay-conversion therapy sessions. “At that point you have to take some f***ing action you know? And for me my way of taking action against that is writing music and so I wrote a song because I am a very openly gay artist and my way of processing things is to make art.”

The way in which the singer commanded the artist and danced along with the crowd made for an interesting live show.

The singer ended the night with an encore that featured two songs, the lead single from “Broken Royalty,” “Queen,” and a new song off her latest EP.

Playing a 30-minute opening set, Iowa City based hip-hop artist Prodagy also brought a high energy performance featuring political anecdotes. The eclectic rap artist was chosen to open for Flint Eastwood in a unique audition process where artists could submit their music to Flint Eastwood through the app OPNR.

“In the current climate, we can just drop all the preconceived notions and just learn to love,” the rapper said.