photos by Nathaniel Shannon
Man or Astroman? @ Bowery Ballroom
"The heart of the band is in the live shows... it's a wild event. ...The original core three-members, who go by the name ??Star Crunch, Coco and Birdstuff, are stll performing the same antics since back in the day. They come out in uniform, a sort of low-rent space jumpsuit, and they play around with being from outer space... Then there are the pyrotechnics, where Coco sets a theremin on fire and still plays it. Back in the day, he used to stick a TV over his head and set that on fire. When I saw that as a teenager, it was pretty much the best thing I've ever seen in a concert...That review refers to Man or Astroman?'s Friday night show at Bowery Ballroom, part of a weekend in the Northeast for the reactivated surf rockers that also included a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (11/13), and from our collective experiences of seeing the band recently in Austin and Toronto, we couldn't agree more.
The end result with all these theatrics is a must-see live experience. There's nothing boring about it. ...I love the gusto that Man or Astro-man? put on stage. They are just as tight as they were back in the 90s. Everything is played at full-throttle, which makes the crowd gets all hyped-up." [Music Snobbery]
Nightmare Waterfall and the Dex Romweber Duo opened all the recent Man of Astroman? shows of which there are no more currently scheduled for the future (for now?). More pictures and some video from Bowery Ballroom, below...
Dexter Rombweber Duo
Man or Astroman?
Man or Astroman? Light a theramin on fire
Man or Astro Man? The Bowery Ballroom NYC 11/12/10
Man Or Astroman - finale at The Middle East, Cambridge MA 11/14/10