Posts Tagged ‘Live Show Review’

I didn’t go to see the opening acts, but what can you do when you get to a venue early? Besides, I follow quite a few bands that have been introduced to me through their spot as openers for the headliners. You just never know.
This Condition, a band that started in Long Island, filed onto the stage and greeted the audience with familiarity. What followed was pseudo-punk pop inspired music with a hint of jam band. Eight instruments were crowded onto the stage. While I’m all for instrumental experimentation and playing “outside of the box,” the bottom line is that the music has to be good. There were eight instruments being played, and not one of them was lending something interesting or unusual or even good to the overall sound. Imagine if you had an octet and each instrument was playing a note of a chord. It was sort of like that. There was no cohesion–at least at the live show. At one point lead vocalist, Nathan Cyphert, who donned startling white under-eye makeup started calling females in the audience, “bitches.” Since the band prefaced most songs with what it was about (something my concert-partner that night and I dislike), the song apparently had something to do with “bitches” and raising both middle fingers in the air. The band’s guitarists dressed like Mormons and they were endorsing that cursing is cool. What a juxtaposition! Despite my thoughts, when Cyphert asked the crowd to “sing along!” they peculiarly did just that. Judging from the lack of 21+ wrist bands in the crowd, those teeny-boppers have had This Condition in their life since the band’s existence in 2007.

Last note:
poppy rock, lack of individuality, but they have catchy songs for the untrained ear.

Bobble Heads

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Music, NYC
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Did you know that you can slow dance at a rock concert? Yep. It can be done. Last night I went to a Grandfather show at Pianos and did just that. I first heard Grandfather in a small Brooklyn basement venue when they opened for RIBS and thought they were a pretty solid band. The vocals appealed (which is a must) and as an ensemble, they played musically and were pretty tight. Based off this, I decided to hear them again. When I go to a show–whether it be classical, jazz or rock, I not only pay attention to the performers on stage but also the audience. The audience’s participation can really enhance a concert not only for the performers but also for the other members of the audience. Pretend you are on stage and you see that there is no movement in the audience and just a bunch of sad faces. Worst nightmare. Anyway, I’ve noticed that most people have no rhythm/can’t dance/can’t let loose or whatever you want to blame it on (just don’t blame it on the (alcohol). I, on the other hand, would rather be dancing and enjoying myself no matter what I may look like. Last night, Grandfather made me dance. They have a lot of songs that are slower with more mellow rock rhythms that some audience members just don’t know how to handle. I look around me, and there are a handful of people getting into it visibly, but for the most part, there were a lot of upright trees that would have needed a storm to sway them. Considering rock concerts are generaly populated by males (that’s why I go! hahah. Just kiddin’), I guess I can understand why the faster tempos bring out the audience movement. It’s easy to bop your head up and down when the metronome marking is 120 compared to 56. 120 is the safe route. Never changing tempos within one song is the safe route. I think since I’m a bass player, I tend to hang onto the slower beats even if there is a faster tempo happening.
Unfortunately, these bromidic bands do draw an audience, but they are full of bobble heads.

Bottom line: NYC music goers look out for Grandfather. They play June 18th at Matchless as a part of The Northside Festival, and you should definitely go and dance, but be careful what family related jokes you decide to yell out. I guarantee you lead singer Josh Hoffman will have a good comeback. Download their album on their website
Meanwhile, slow dance to this. It really grooves (metronome marking quarter=66):

RIBS in Color

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Music
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Washed in cerulean, the Bostonian quartet enigmatically named RIBS began their set with “Queen of Hearts” from their newest Locrian Singles. It pulsated through my brain and grew into one of the best headaches I’ve ever gotten. Despite my forgetfulness in bringing earplugs, their fourth stop during their East Coast Tour was an affirmation that RIBS truly are “Rock’s great new hope” (Boston Phoenix).
In the small confines of Brooklyn venue The Charleston, “Silencer” and RIBS’ infamous light show metamorphosized the space. Combined with fluorescent bulb flickers, it triggered an atmospheric shift taking my mind to a run-down, desolate building that just happened to hold this gem of an attraction. “Turn off all the lights,” they announced to the sound engineer from the stage. Tiny LED flashlights were taped to the necks of guitars, mics and drumsticks and with every movement they made, rays of light cut through the dark during “Please Don’t Go”. The inkiness of the room magnified the sultry, raw voice of lead singer, Keith Freund. Quick flashes of red exposed Freund’s body writhing and gyrating in a slithery dance around the microphone. The fact that Freund and guitarist, Justin Tolan, drummer, Chris Oquist, and bassist, Blake Fusilier controlled the colored lights while they played, seemed straight out of Wizard of Oz. Hauling hundreds of pounds of lighting equipment from Boston was well worth it and was a magnificent addition to their music. After the show, I let Keith flip through the photos on my iPhone that I snapped. “I forgot we had green now,” he said non-chalantly.

If you haven’t heard RIBS yet, you’re late. Proverbially speaking, “You’re better late, than never.” What are you waiting for????! Check it, and stay tuned through the mailing list for a show near you.

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