Last night at The Delancey EAR FARM got together with the fine folks from Beg Yr Pardon and threw a party. It was a combination celebration of Beg Yr Pardon's 10th show and EAR FARM's one year anniversary. We had four great bands, an awesome DJ, and an overall swell time. It was fantastic, I wouldn't have wanted EAR FARM's birthdayversary to be celebrated in any other way.
Low Lustre was the first band on the bill and I was really happy to have these guys there. Their early U2 meets The Walkmen sound came across perfectly in a live setting and at one point during "Dancing Blind" I noticed myself singing along. That's when I realized I've obviously been listening to that song quite a bit over the past few months. It sounded great live but I think I actually liked the song they played right before that even better. Hey look, they just moved to Brooklyn from Minnesota so now that they live here in the city we'll all get many more chances to see them as they expand their local fanbase.
- Listen: - "Dancing Blind"
The Midnight Hours
I'm sure to The Midnight Hours yesterday was quite a series of unfortunate events. The band had a really rough time with traffic trying to get to the show and broke a string on the first song. Luckily Low Lustre was kind enough to offer up one of their guitars and everything was made all better in no time. Come on, it was a Beg Yr Pardon show - there's no room for unfun at BYPs! From that point forward The Midnight Hours hit their groove and had the crowd dancing and a hootin' and a hollerin'. They've got that obvious love for southern tinged rock (which is amazingly refreshing to hear amidst all of the NYC indie-scene bands) but last night I also noticed what seemed like a bit of John Frusciante and George Harrison in the guitar work. Between that, their very tight loose songs, and Lauren's vocals/charisma you've got more than enough reasons to want to see them live for yourself. In NYC your next chance will be November 8th at Arlene's Grocery. Do it.
- Listen: - "Miss Marie"
Can I just keep telling you how much I love The Muggabears? I'm going to say it over and over again because when bands like this come around, well, there's really nothing else one can do. They're noisy yet sweet, loud rock yet catchy like pop...a three piece that hits on all cylinders. Crazy active booming drums, jamming consistency on the bass, and a super talented songwriter who can both sing and shred...I love The Muggabears. See them and you'll be reminded of something from Sonic Youth's past, of Pavement, and perhaps even of a math rocking band like Polvo. See them live and you'll leave with your ears ringing just a little bit but also with some of their melodies stuck in your head. Their songs are just too darn good. I love The Muggabears...get out of my head Muggabears! Listen to their music, see them live, and you too will fall in love with The Muggabears.
- Listen: - "Married To The Moon"
Mistakes!!! No wait, I think it's like this: M!STAKES. Yes, YES. I'd heard many a great thing about their show before I saw them last night and they lived up to all that and then some. From the moment they took the stage they exploded into a set of songs that were a bit all over the place musically and yet still centered around pop sensibilities. It's as if they formed their band by placing 15 different music genres in a hat and picked a few at random...rock, prog, ska, dance punk, pop-rock, grebo, experimental rock, etc etc. This wide array of influence came together perfectly in a live setting with the band coming off as some kind of bizarro cross pollination of Man Man and !!!. That honestly tells you nothing of just how much energy these guys brought to the stage and how their sound really ignites a room. There was free beer going around during their set and that helped set the mood perfectly. First song, everyone was all "whoa, YEAH" right along with the band and the fun never stopped. Now, to offer another point of view, I was talking to some people who were there last night about Mistakes and I discovered that they're a bit polarizing. I was kind of shocked. "Not for me" one person said, and that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise really because music like theirs isn't for everyone. But it is just right for weirdo sons of bitches like myself and Mistakes was a perfect band to close out an awesome show.
- Listen: - "In The Middle"
Lastly, my friend Franz came to the show last night and did some sketches of three of the bands. Wicked awesome as usual, check them out below. You can find more such drawings done by Franz of bands from BYP #1 HERE and from the first EAR FARM Presents... show HERE. Be sure to visit his site FMP Studio.com.
The Midnight Hours
(flyer for this show designed by Destroy Space)