Posted in music | pictures on September 8, 2010

Bowery photos by Chris Gersbeck, ATP photos by Samantha Marble & Abbey Braden

BEAK> at Bowery Ballroom
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Certainly the band with the most curiosity aimed its way is Beak>, the new project from Portishead multi-knobbist Geoff Barrow. These question marks were quickly straightened out into exclamation points as the trio dropped future-minor-classic after future-minor-classic. Despite their musical chairs -- with Barrow switching spots with mates Matt Williams (of Team Brick) and Billy Fuller (of Fuzz Against Junk) -- their sound was remarkably together for a band formed around a set of songs written and recorded within a self-imposed allotment of twelve days.

Any fan of the tightly-bolted Kraut of Fujiya & Miyagi, or the crusty textural embellishments of Broadcast, or the steady-handed groove-keeping of, say, Hallogallo 2010 (who would play later on the same stage) would instantly warm up to the hard-stamped rhythms, spectral vocals, thick melodic slabs, feral oscillations and (big bonus!) disarming humor of Beak>. -[Boston Globe review of BEAK> at ATP]

Beak> made a rare appearance on our shores this week in the form of four select dates.The third one was last night at the Independent in San Francisco. The next one is September 10th at the Troubadour in LA. The second one was at ATP (described above), and the first one was at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/3) with an assist from People Of The North (members of Oneida). The NYC show wasn't sold out, but to quote Chris, "both bands were pretty amazing."

Beak>'s Bowery show was one night before Mudhoney (who played Friday at Kutshers) played Bowery Ballroom with Pissed Jeans and White Hills (who would play ATP the next day). A post about the NYC Mudhoney/Pissed Jeans/White Hills show is on the way.

More pictures from both east coast BEAK> shows, below...

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BEAK> portraits at ATP NY (by Abbey Braden)

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Comments (16)

No clue about the other shows, but they were great at ATP. One of the most pleasant surprises there. More than made up for the Breeders mailing it in.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:54 PM

"The NYC show wasn't sold out"

It was far from sold out. Only about half full.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:55 PM

^true, but great show nonetheless

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:02 PM

nice bowery shots, this chris gersbeck dude does good work

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:05 PM

"Breeders mailing it in"

Are you nuts? Breeders were great at ATP!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:08 PM

SPOON BACK ONSALE

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:23 PM

Beak> show at Bowery was great. The fact that it was not crowded is a sign of the amount of clueless people in this city.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:32 PM

SPOON BACK ONSALE, still not sold out

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:40 PM

The Breeders certainly weren't "mailing it in" but I have to admit I have seen them play better before. Beak> was amazing, I wish they had set up all the merch they had in the picture at ATP, it's really hard finding their stuff in the US and they didn't have any of that vinyl out, I want that 12".

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:44 PM

"nice bowery shots, this chris gersbeck dude does good work"

Huh? Not saying they are bad, but there is nothing special about those pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:46 PM

They had the 12" at ATP, but it sold out quickly. I wish I had picked it up when I saw it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:56 PM

wasn't crowded?! hole crap had i been in the city on friday i would have been there in a heartbeat!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 3:12 PM

they had the 12", the double gatefold AND a 2 song tape - but all sold quick. i missed out on the 2LP - but I just ordered one today - only $38 USD - only 500 copied printed!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:03 PM

2LP was $25 at the Bowery show

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:09 PM

I should have gone to the bowery! I just assumed it would have been super sold out. Dang.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:25 PM

Bowery was great. The fact that it was not crowded is a sign of the amount of clueless people in this city.

Posted by Nick | September 16, 2010 1:55 PM

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