photos by Tim Griffin
Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Box Elders, Medication, and Kid Romance played a sold out show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday night. I walked in to the second floor venue a fan of Crystal Stilts and Tyvek, and left with a crush on Box Elders.
The Box Elders were one of those bands that caught everyone by surprise last year, and with their one little miraculous self-released 7" EP making the rounds and winning over everyone in it's path, they even one up themselves in the live format, which is always a nice touch. [Victim of Time]Medication, who are from CT (and not the nu-metal band from LA), were good too...
If you've checked out and absorbed their debut 7" released on HoZac last fall, you'll know the eerie vibes and echo-soaked mantra that Medication disseminates so well, and how quickly it gets under your skin. Although the recordings tend to be a one-man job, Medication's brain, Mr. Hyde is joined onstage by a few others for the full effect, and should snare you into a trance of ghostly guitar reverberations and gypsy drum beats that will split your mind wide open. [Victim of Time]I unfortunately missed Kid Romance.
People were crowd surfing during the Crystal Stilts set, which, if you know their music, is a little weird, but the rowdiness fit right in since the previous bands, and the crowd in general, were just full of (possibly drunken) energy. Crystal Stilts sounded great, but were plagued by technical difficulties that included a crackling coming from the speakers, and at the end, a broken string... which caused them to quit one song (and possibly an encore) early.
More pictures from the night below...
Box Elders pics HERE.
Crystal Stilts - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 2 - Beatpol Dresden
Feb 3 - Rhiz Vienna
Feb 4 - Schocken Stuttgart
Feb 6 - Theatre Palace St. Gallen
Feb 7 - la romandie lausanne
Feb 8 - le sonic Lyon
Feb 9 - FNAC (apres midi) Dijon
Feb 9 - flannery's Dijon
Feb 10 - Main d'oevres Paris
Feb 11 - L'Oreille Qui Traîne Rouen
Feb 12 - new hero Brighton
Feb 13 - Windmill Brixton w/ Lets Wrestle London
Feb 17 - Buffalo Bar w/ Wetdog Cardiff
Feb 18 - Institute w/ Black Lips Manchester
Feb 19 - Whelans Dublin
Feb 20 - Laverys Bunker Belfast
Feb 21 - captains rest w/ Wetdog Glasgow
Feb 22 - sneaky pete's Edinburgh, Scotland
Feb 24 - Brudenell Social Leeds
Feb 25 - Chameleon Nottingham
Feb 26 - Bardens Boudoir w/ Wavves London
Feb 27 - Db's studio Utrecht
Feb 28 - Molotow Hamburg
Mar 1 - Gleis 22 Munster
Mar 2 - Karlstorbahnhof Heidelburg
Mar 4 - Debaser malmo
Mar 5 - Herrgarn Linkoping
Mar 6 - Revolver Oslo
Mar 7 - Strand Stockholm
Mar 8 - Loppen Copenhagen
Mar 10 - Bang Bang Club Berlin