Posted in music | pictures on May 23, 2009

photos by Ryan Muir

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars

"It's really nice to get the positive attention and have people know what you're doing," says [Cymbals Eat Guitars] bassist Neil Berenholz, 32, the self-described "band dad" who has been calling brick-and-mortar record stores and mailing copies of the album out 10 at a time from his Queens living room. "I'm not necessarily looking to make the big bucks, I'm looking to stick around. A lot of people look for that rocket shot or big hit, but I'm more interested in longevity." [Are Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars indie rock's next big thing?]
White Rabbits, Cymbals Eat Guitars & The Antlers shared a sold-out bill at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Thursday night (5/21). More pictures from the show below...

The Antlers...

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Comments (54)

by the time these bands play bowery (after playing BAM??) and they've got crazy hype, I don't even want the experience, even if it's something to do and talk about. Is that bad? My profession is in the news and PR industry and I'm not even curious about something targeted at my own demograph. I've only been in NYC for two years, and I'm over these kids everywhere. This town is as exclusive as Judaism and half as cool.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 4:28 AM

shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 5:15 AM

Too many pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 7:38 AM

Do White Rabbits have a new bass player? The guy playing on Letterman and in the 3rd pic look different than the guy who used to play with them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 8:58 AM

Who are these bands?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:13 AM

White Rabbits new record is hot. This was a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:39 AM

"I've only been in NYC for two years, "

Please go back where you came from

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:43 AM

"My profession is in the news and PR industry and I'm not even curious about something targeted at my own demograph. I've only been in NYC for two years, and I'm over these kids everywhere. This town is as exclusive as Judaism and half as cool."

I'm sure there's a nice KKK chapter back in your hometown that could use you. Please return from whence you came.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:44 AM

"by the time these bands play bowery "

White Rabbits played bowery. the other two opened for them. In the "two years" you've been in NYC, White Rabbits have played plenty of small shows, and they played even more before you got here. Shut your ignorant mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:47 AM

"by the time these bands play bowery (after playing BAM??) "

What the hell are you even talking about. Who played BAM?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:48 AM

White Rabbits played BAM a while ago. Don't think they liked that show. Greg (bassist) seems to be missing from the action since their Merc performance. Couldn't get the deets out of anyone!

I also want to post a missed connection for the girl that elbowed my drink at Bowery, I want to punch her in the face.

Posted by blt | May 23, 2009 10:54 AM

"White Rabbits played BAM a while ago."

BAM cafe (small, free show), not BAM (big, expensive, fancy theater). HUGE difference. Grizzly Bear played BAM.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 11:15 AM

I like the Antlers record, but live... kind of MEHntlers

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 11:16 AM

yeah, antlers was kind of a chore to watch.

cymbals eat guitars though, anyone else hate the singer? constantly talking about tuning, tuning mid-song (while singing! where's the emotion if your attention is divided?) acting really annoying (devil horns, putting his fists up in the air like he's a champion), and forcing awful, awful banter? also, for the songs built around his noodling and "soloing", he's not even a very good guitar player! i'm not a fan.

white rabbits though, are a live force. what a great band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 11:32 AM

I think all the bands are neat. I think you're neat too. I think the first person is in a very exclusive club called total dbags. I think a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 11:54 AM

I didn't see this show... but I've seen White Rabbits quite a few times and they always put on a killer show. Doesn't matter if it's headlining the merc or bowery or opening up for Spoon at Prospect Park. These guys give it their all, and have some pretty great tunes.

Posted by wembley | May 23, 2009 12:36 PM

hey it's fucking 80 degrees outside. take off your wool cap.

makes you look douchy anyway

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 1:05 PM

Remember that time the dude from Cymbals Eat Guitars came onto the comment board and flipped out on everyone because people said they sucked and were not worth the Pitchfork hype?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 2:10 PM

haha, did he? wouldn't surprise me. they seem obsessed with their image, by the above quote.

i also agree with the hat comment. guy looks like a schmuck already, he has to put on that stupid hat for fashion emphasis halfway through the set? he even had a dumb comment like "gotta put the hat on for this one"

band blows

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 4:30 PM

Badly Drawn Boy always wears one of those stupid hats.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 4:41 PM

cymbals eat dick

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 4:48 PM

hey it's fucking 80 degrees outside. take off your wool cap.

>> yes what is the thought process behind this ?
...I never understood it unless you were a rasta & you needed a stretchy hat to help contain your dreads ..the other reason is if its cold outside & you want to keep your ears from freezing off or maybe if your bald...maybe....otherwise there is no need for it at all. It must stop

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 5:33 PM

um, if you have long hair of any kind, its better than a baseBRAl cap to keep your hair in.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 5:46 PM

guys. it's a hat. get over it.

Posted by james | May 23, 2009 5:52 PM

that hat gave me that best damn years of my life.

Posted by more than a feeling | May 23, 2009 6:33 PM

that hat took my virginity.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 6:52 PM

those hats have crazy hype. i don't even want to wear them even if it is something to keep my head warm or my hair out of my eyes. is that bad? my profession is a milliner and i'm not even curious about hat's targeted at my own demograph. i've only been in NYC for two years and i'm over hats everywhere. these hats are as exclusive as yarmulkes and half as cool.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 7:30 PM

^^ haha fkn lolz!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 7:49 PM

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS

If you have enough money to pay this promotional company then you get the exposure

http://www.tellallyourfriendspr.com/artists/

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 8:06 PM

kip kouri makes stars and then eats them for breakfast

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 9:33 PM

"If you have enough money to pay this promotional company then you get the exposure"

i hate to break it to you, but as that page itself demonstrates, a good number of bands that people who read BV really like use things like this. find other pr firm websites and look at the artist rosters. everyone from dirty projectors to sufjan uses something like this. i also know a few bands who have forked over the cash and never caught on. if you don't have label backing and are an upstart band, no one is going to give a shit about you. yeah, it's kind of unfair and elitist, but if we're blaming CEG, we might as well also blame the sheepish public who won't stick to anything unless it already has hype and pitchfork cred.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 10:36 PM

If a band performs in a forest, and there isn't an audience there to listen, do they make music?

Posted by Socrates | May 23, 2009 11:00 PM

i need to come out of my hole... i have never heard of any of these bands WHY dont they come to portland...

kaytea mcintosh // xo publicity

Posted by kaytea mcintosh // xo publicity | May 24, 2009 12:06 AM

Is that Yaps' hat or not?!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 12:33 AM

cymbals eat queeftars

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 1:34 AM

If this was Stereogum, I would vote the first comment -1 to voice my disapproval!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 1:53 AM

same here. that shit would be so negative and red.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 2:21 AM

MEHreogum

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 7:59 AM

M.E.H. : Musically Eluded Hebrew

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 8:26 AM

what's up with all the jewish references on this blog?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 9:01 AM

bands get PR representation as they get bigger. It's no secret and it's just the way things work. the reason you know about most of your favorite bands is because of publicists.

Posted by james | May 24, 2009 11:02 AM

"bands get PR representation as they get bigger. "

correct. Publicists court bands as they start to get hype.

"the reason you know about most of your favorite bands is because of publicists. "

wrong. see above. publicists just help them manage press releases as bands get bigger. Bands can't do everything themselves. They don't have the email list of 5000 press sources to send album release news to. They don't know who to talk to to get on late night TV. They need to make sure people know that they released an album and have tour dates coming up. It's easier if someone is doing that for you. There are also booking agents for booking your tours, managers for managing everything, tour managers for taking care of you on tour, and labels for selling and distributing albums. It's how it works - no conspiracy theories.

That said, Cymbals Eat Guitars have had a publicist for less than a month, and after they got that Pitchfork review their inbox probably filled with offers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 11:48 AM

agreed, that was sort of an oversimplification. Publicists are very important in helping people find out about bands (by way of securing press, etc), but it's a whole team of people really.

Posted by james | May 24, 2009 12:04 PM

Society wants your jeans in tact, but you're not having it, are you?

Posted by gor | May 24, 2009 12:10 PM

Meh Eats TBD

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 2:09 PM

"wrong. see above. publicists just help them manage press releases as bands get bigger."

you sound like you know what you're talking about, but you make it seem too much like a charitable enterprise. i certainly know of cases in which bands had very little "organic" hype, and still did business with a PR company, both to great effect, and to none. PR companies are not just middle men--they also serve to suggest new groups to people like BV--pitchfork isn't scouring local myspace pages looking for bands to review.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 2:24 PM

hey it's fucking 80 degrees outside. take off your wool cap.

makes you look douchy anyway

Posted by replica handbags | May 25, 2009 3:14 PM

hype is a turn off

Posted by GMAFB | May 25, 2009 6:37 PM

I was going to buy Hype Bands PR for Dummies but no need now.

Greg is "guitar/ singer" not "bass" if you are confused you should check out their most recent press release.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 11:29 AM

I was going to buy Hype Bands PR for Dummies but no need now.

Posted by lily | May 28, 2009 8:21 AM

by the time these bands play bowery (after playing BAM??) and they've got crazy hype, I don't even want the experience, even if it's something to do and talk about. Is that bad? My profession is in the news and PR industry and I'm not even curious about something targeted at my own demograph. I've only been in NYC for two years, and I'm over these kids everywhere. This town is as exclusive as Judaism and half as

You are one sad individual. White Rabbits are firmly aim at the get up and have some fucking fun demographic and it sure as hell doesn't sound like that's yours. I want to see them at bigger and bigger venues, they deserve it, they rock and they roll and they hip and they hop and they slip and they slide and they have fun and I like fun. Seeing a band in a small venue doesn't make it a good show. A good show is a good show whatever the size of the room.

You are scared to get happy.

Posted by Johnny L | May 28, 2009 7:45 PM

Great article.
And nice picture.
If a band performs in a forest, and there isn't an audience there to listen, do they make music?
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