Posted in music | pictures on October 17, 2008

words by Andrew Frisicano, Photos by Zach Stern

Fucked Up

After missing out on Fucked Up's two previous night's of NYC fun, I dropped by their gig at Market Hotel (10/16).

I missed Canadian punks Inepsy, but caught Vivian Girls whose sound bounced nicely around the wedge-shaped room. Lately they've been reminding me of Electrelane (who I'm also secretly hoping they turn into).

It was my first time seeing Fucked Up, and from the pictures, videos, and constant write-ups I found it hard to anticipate what would actually happen. The Village Voice wrote, "It took all of no time at all for a moshpit to break out...there is, so far, nothing comfortable at all about this show. It's quite savage".

Maybe the vibe was way different, but the Market Hotel show was anything but uncomfortable (less uncomfortable too since they started requesting that people smoke in the backrooms, due to the space's one window of ventilation).

Fucked Up took the stage quickly (which is always appreciated) and went on to host the evening like a house party show. They took requests, handed the mic off to crowd-members and friends (see below), and thanked the crowd graciously afterward for coming. There were a couple references to the show the night before at Bowery Ballroom along the lines of, "Where were you guys last night?" - directed toward the twenty/thirty or so kids in front diving on each other to get their singalongs into the mic.

Some highlights were the the creepy interlude of "David Comes to Life" sang from the middle of the crowd, the transition from Hidden World opener "Crusades" to Chemistry of Modern Life opener "Son the Father," and "Crooked Head" with Vivian Girls on back-up vox.

To cap the night, a guy named Mike sang a cover, followed by a buy named Ian. Pink Eyes stood to the side with a huge grin on his face, announced that Ian's performance couldn't be topped, and the band closed with him singing another cover.

More pictures from the show below...

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More Fucked Up tour dates HERE. More Vivian Girls tour dates here....

Vivian Girls - 2008 Tour Dates
Fri-Oct-17 Baltimore, MD Sonar $
Sat-Oct-18 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary $
Sun-Oct-19 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel $
Tue-Oct-21 Brooklyn, NY CMJ Red Bull Space 11pm
Thu-Oct-23 New York, NY CMJ Don Pedro's 10pm
Fri-Oct-24 New York, NY CMJ Cake Shop 12am
Sat-Oct-25 New York, NY CMJ Bowery Ballroom 1am
Sun-Oct-26 New York, NY Santo's Party House !
Thu-Oct-30 Toronto, ONT FU Fest - Sneaky Dee's $
Sat-Nov-08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom &@
Mon-Nov-10 Boston, MA Paradise &@
Sun-Nov-16 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex / Part-Time Punks Fest #
Mon-Nov-17 San Diego, CA Casbah #
Tue-Nov-18 Los Angeles, CA The Smell #
Thu-Nov-20 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill #
Fri-Nov-21 Sacramento, CA Luigi's Fun Garden #
Sat-Nov-22 Portland, OR Backspace #
Sun-Nov-23 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge #
Fri-Nov-28 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's +
Sun-Nov-30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom +
Wed-Dec-31 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre *

$ = w/ F***ED UP
& = w/ Deerhunter
@ = w/ Times New Viking
! = w/ Jay Reatard
+ = w/ King Khan
* = w/ Yo La Tengo, The Feelies
# = w/ Love is All

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Comments (26)

great show. the market hotel was destroyed.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 7:17 PM

sounds like an awesome time. wish id gone! have vivian girls added a second guitarist?

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 7:17 PM

that was dude from Fucked Up sitting in with them. he was too loud and out of tune!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 7:23 PM

Looks like they have a Vivian Guy now. He played at the 12 hour show too.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 7:39 PM

vivian girls are pretty good at their primitive pop sounds, but comparing them to electrelane is a massive stretch. electrelane could actually play their instruments and have more musical ideas ideas in their big toe than vivian girls do in the entire band. vivian girls are good at what they do, but it's no electrelane. not even close.

Posted by killjoy | October 17, 2008 7:41 PM

I thought this was kind of a weak VG's set. They were way better a week ago at their record release show at Silent Barn.

The new guitar player was definitely out of tune and too loud

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:07 PM

Paul Prudhomme is off the Rascal and in your face!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:24 PM

the Bowery show a night before was super uncomfortable

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:31 PM

I love the dude who has a 300 pound mans sweaty ass a foot from his face -- and he is all "meh"

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:53 PM

Flabcore!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:04 PM

The fucked up guitarist FUCKED UP the vivian girls set! He was way too loud and didn't have a clue what to play, obviously didn't learn the songs. Thanks for nothing.

Posted by yo dude! | October 17, 2008 10:31 PM

IT LOOKS LIKE A CAVITY!!!!!

(photo 1 caption)

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 11:07 PM

yeah, i have to say vivian girls comparison to electrelane is a little. they are sort of droney and happened to be female but i think that's where it ends.

Posted by dw | October 18, 2008 12:16 AM

I've seen Vivian Girls live 3 or 4 times and they've been pretty awful shows each time. And the sad thing is I love Vivian Girls. I like their music, when it's recorded.

re: the extra guitarist, no they haven't added one, he was just a friend or something.

Posted by Zach | October 18, 2008 12:48 AM

^ nicely done! PUT UP MORE VIDEOS FROM THE SHOW! cro mags and baiting!

that show was a lot of fun

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 12:19 PM

THE FAT!(very first photo)

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 1:44 PM

well whatever mealy mouthed bickering might go on on this website, this show was epic and legendary. really great night.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 3:56 PM

fucked up are seriously disgusting. i hate them. they win Worst Band 2008. why are vivian girls opening for these assholes?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 4:07 PM

anon 4:07--
Explain why FU are assholes and why the vivian girls shouldn't be opening for them. If anything, the vivian girls should be honored/grateful to open for FU. Anyways, vivian girls sang on FU's new album. Perhaps you should know a thing or two before you taking jive. And clearly you were not at the show - FU's singer seemed rather grateful on the turn out and energy from the crowd. I recall him thanking the bands and the venue for hosting the show. Are they asshole because the frontman performs shirtless and moons the crowd?? Everyone seemed to find it rather funny.

Please justify yourself

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 4:35 PM

Great to finally see some coverage of Fucked Up and Vivian Girls!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 5:13 PM

That dude's got a tramp stamp! What a slut!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 5:15 PM

this was a great show!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2008 2:25 AM

i wanna pound that crowdsurfing dude on the front page in his misshapen head. he looks like a lizard ready to eat fucked up

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2008 2:33 PM

fucking awesome show. the girl dancing on the PA to INEPSY was gorgeous!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2008 6:47 PM

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