Last night, at The Delancey, Beg Yr Pardon #9 was a festival of fun. Three excellent bands, some great DJ action, and an overall festive atmosphere made for a very fine celebration of D's birthday. Tiny Masters Of Today were set to be the first band of the evening but had to cancel at the last minute; therefore, DJ sets warmed up the crowd until it was time for The Vandelles to take the stage.
I had no idea what to expect from The Vandelles and I tend to like it that way. Of course I had a few preconceived notions, given that their name sounds like a band out of the '60s and that the music played before they took the stage was, well, mostly '60s dance music. So did they sound like a band from the '60s? Only in terms of wet reverb and vibrato, which is to say they certainly take cues from '60s surf rock (which was reinforced by footage of surfing being projected behind the band as they played). The Vandelles are more than that though. They don't sound strictly surf-revivalist like, say, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet but rather take things upward and outward along the lines of Man or Astroman? mixed with Happy Mondays. One part this, another part that...never tells the whole story. Instead, let me suggest going to see The Vandelles live at one of their upcoming shows if you enjoy dark, moody, noisy, psychedelic surf-rock. Gnarly.
- Listen: The Vandelles - "Lovely Weather"
- Listen: O'Death - "Adelita"
I've got pictures but I have no special cord to get them from my camera to my computer. What gives? It's always in my bag and now, now it's off somewhere else on its own. Probably huddled up in a corner shivering and crying and just wanting to be safe and sound and back in its usual spot. Whatever, who needs stupid pictures anyway?
Looking ahead, I'll be working with the fine folks from the Beg Yr Pardon team to bring you a very special show in October. You can read about it in the post below!