Posted in music | pictures on August 5, 2010

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Black Lips

The Black Lips are a tough band. The first time I shot them was in 2004, and they're in as good, if not better, shape now then they were then. They've toured hard, constantly, for over seven years, playing every conceivable venue from derelict house parties to huge festivals. It takes strength, mental and physical, to hold up for that long on the road, many bands can't take it and fragment under the pressure. The Lips play shows that turn into near-riots, survive being crushed by the crowd, go out and party all night, and wake up and do it the next day. The boat show on Monday was no exception. Both the opening bands also seemed to know what was in store, and really laid it all on the line.

Brooklyn darlings the K-Holes opened the show before we were barely out of the dock, and gave the crowd a taste of the insanity that was to follow. I can't say enough nice things about them. Check them out for yourself. They raged, got paid, thought they were MC Hammer rich, and their singer ate all the profits.

Natural Child are from Nashville, Tennessee. They have a loose sound, are really fun and a good fit with the Black Lips. I talked to Seth (singer/guitar) to find out a bit more about them. "We started 15 months ago. Wes and Zack (other two dudes in the band) had eaten a bunch of pot brownies. They kept calling me, all day, telling me I had to be in a band with them. I finally told them I'd do it if they would practice five days a week and tour a lot, they said cool, and here we are." They're in the middle of a two week east coast tour right now and have a new 7" out called "Bang My Head."

The crowd was getting thick even before the Lips started playing. When their set began, there was about a five foot gap between the monitors and drums, where Ian, Cole and Jared were standing. By the end of the second song they had been pushed back into the drums. The bass amp Jared was borrowing had a beveled back and kept tipping over. I jumped behind it and jammed my foot into the space so he could keep playing and helped Joe reset the drums when he needed it. You know it's a good party when the drummer gets swarmed.

People in the front had both arms stretched up, clutching the upper deck in an attempt to keep from getting shoved into the band. As the show went on, the wall of people with their arms up got thicker and thicker. A couple people jumped from the upper lever, and things really got crazy. There was no way to hold out forever, and bodies began crashing over the band like ocean waves. After slamming into them, they tried to brace themselves against the amps and drums as the crowd kept pushing in. Jared was pushed farther and farther backward, until the only way he could keep singing was to turn the mic, face the drums and turn his back to the crowd. He had to constantly keep his foot on the mic stand leg to keep from getting hit in the face too hard. Between songs people kept crashing down on him. He muttered, "There isn't even any music. What the fuck......." The band couldn't always see each other, so they had to shout out what the next song was gonna be over the PA.

Near the end, some Justin Bieber looking idiot decided to grab the mic to sing along, disconnecting it and losing the cord underneath all the feet. He was to busy singing with his eyes closed to realize the mic was unplugged, so I found the cord and grabbed the mic from him. At this point, the stand was long gone, so for the last two songs I just held the mic for Jared. Not really the kind of show I wanted to shoot one-handed, but what're ya gonna do?

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As I held it, bodies slammed into Jared's back, I could feel the impact of his teeth hitting the microphone, and he looked at me with this big smile. It was like he was in a tornado of people. A huge crush came in, and he was gone under a writhing pile of bodies. When he scrambled up, still playing, he got on top of the crowd and climbed up to the second level of the boat to finish the show.

I talked with him downstairs after their set. He told me they're recording a new album, and it's being done on the fly, like most of their other albums. "It's 60% done. We've been working on it whenever we get a chance. It'll be out next spring, and we're gonna do a big tour with Deerhunter." Other future plans include, "We're trying to play Iraq, we've got friends over there, so we're working on that. Hopefully that'll go smoother than our trip to Kurdistan, where we missed our flight because Joe forgot his wallet," he laughed. "We're gonna take a break from long tours and finish this record. One-off shows and stuff, but no long trips in the van til next year. It's the longest break we've had in over seven years." Some of their one-off dates in August are Austin on the 10th and the Hellow Festival in Monterray, Mexico on the 28th.

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Comments (41)

Bad prose, self-importance/overpraising crap, bad tattoo's----it's the brooklynvegan trifecta!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:37 AM

the photographer has a total crush on Jared

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:37 AM

The MuFucka Cole cracks me up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:37 AM

Isn't Brooklyn the terrible tattoo capital of the USA? Actually, is getting a tattoo mandatory when signing a lease? Looks like it is. Or maybe it's mandatory to have a tattoo when you have no job and just take up space for a living.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:46 AM

This show definitely looks like one of the levels of Hell. 6th, maybe?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:47 AM

looks like it was blast in my opinion. should have gone.
thrown overboard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:52 AM

nice review and pics.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:54 AM

amazing photos

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:57 AM

I'll take "Places You Would Never Ever Want to Be" for a thousand, Alex.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:58 AM

^social anxiety disorder^

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:04 PM

Stellar photos!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:07 PM

Looks like Jareds about to whip his dingle out in the last pic. Photog was damn ready..

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:09 PM

Don't eat a lot and then go on a boat party!!!
Once I ate a large serving of hummus and got sea sick and puked overboard from the waves.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:10 PM

Don't these idiots realize that these tattoos will look dreadful the older they get. You want to be different and stand out? Don't get one!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:10 PM

major boner for himself

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:11 PM

what happened at bruar falls after?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:12 PM

yachts = punk

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:17 PM

this looks like such a shitshow. awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:29 PM


Natural Child are a solid band, that was the first time i saw or heard of them

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:24 PM

"What happened at Bruar Falls?"

I'll tell you:

Jared and Cole swapped butt hummus all the while Nathan Williams bukkake'd all over their tender, willing lips. Williams' favor was thus returned with a rim job.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:54 PM

fun night. wish they played longer!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 2:30 PM

I thought we were all going to make out at the Mars Bar

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:07 PM


Bonus shot of Natural Child at The Charleston

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:35 PM

hire a photo editor

"I like this shot, and since THIS shot looks the same, I'm posting it right after because I like the one its like, and I like it because its like it!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:26 PM

Was Cole even there? I didn't see him and I don't see him in these pics either. He shouldve worn the reverse of Jared that way it couldve been a fun game of where's Cole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:12 PM

thats cole in the wig and gold spandex and flowery shirt

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:55 PM

What's with all the fucking trannies?????

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:14 PM

Footless tights with those ugly gladiator sandals = SO DISGUSTING

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:16 PM

The best blog that Viacom and Vice can buy--and Jared's Am App t-shirt looks real nice on him....in every photograph I've seen of the band for a year now. Good job, BV. You're now a total shill. "I'm gonna play Iraq" my ass, Jared. Guys like you would laugh at the girl on this weeks' cover of Time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:27 PM

Jared is a fucking homophobic loser, and I will never support his shitty music. It sucks that he's playing with Deerhunter. I better go see them at the Pier, so I don't have to deal with his shitty fans and support his shitty band. It should be mandatory to beat his ass after every show, btw. Preferably by a group of 'faggots'. Just saying.

Posted by Black Tits | August 5, 2010 7:58 PM

^faggot^

Posted by Fag crusher | August 5, 2010 8:39 PM

gross

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:01 PM

lololol @ pic of Wavves t-shirt someone threw on the ground.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:16 PM

i'm a fag for you jared

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 6:30 PM

k-holes killed it

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 6:34 PM

k holes, why the fuck are you playing with these turds! black lips been turds, natural child (cool name) are terrrrrrrds!

Posted by wavves | August 8, 2010 7:43 PM

show was a blast. todd-o-phonic a great dj and bands were fun. pot brownies do help.

Posted by james | August 10, 2010 6:09 PM

natural child blows, but black lips suck it dry.

Posted by child | August 15, 2010 3:17 AM

Natural Child from Nashville rocks!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 1:04 PM

K holes would be so much better if they lost the useless fat girl that does dances that show her obviously trying to hard. Natural child are another black lips influenced band with one song and unfortunately black lips aren't very interesting anymore

Posted by ben | August 24, 2010 12:31 PM

funny someone condemning k-holes playing with black lips when jack hines from k-holes used to be in black lips. was a better fit than ian too

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 6:37 PM

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