Posted in music | pictures on November 14, 2011

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Sonics @ Maxwell's
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"When I heard that The Sonics, already in the New York City area this weekend to play Norton Records' 25th anniversary festival at Bell House, added an afternoon show at Maxwell's, I decided to buy a ticket. After all, I'd missed their previous East Coast appearance at the Cavestomp festival in Brooklyn several years earlier and since they're not playing here in Philadelphia, this seemed like a no-brainer.

Thankfully, this performance more than justified the $30 ticket price. The Sonics were in excellent form with keyboardist/lead vocalist Gerry Roslie (unfortunately obscured by the monitor on the right-hand side of the stage, so it was difficult to see him from where I was standing) trading off vocals with bassist Freddie Dennis (who sounded like a rawer John Fogerty!) and guitarist Larry Papyra firing off riffs with saxophonist Rob Lind in fine form as well. Roslie, in particular, was a revelation, since at almost 70 he still has the golden throat, a white, suburban Little Richard-like howl!

As for the setlist, the hour-long show featured basically all the classics from their '60s albums Here are the Sonics (the crown jewel in their catalog and one of the best '60s garage-rock albums ever), the terrific follow-up Boom and even a few from the much-maligned but still pretty good_Introducing the Sonics_. In other words, we got "Dirty Robber," "Boss Hoss," "Have Love Will Travel," "Cinderella," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," "Louie Louie," "Keep A-Knockin'" and of course their best-known songs "Psycho," "Strychnine" and penultimate, pre-"encore" (the band never left the stage) classic "The Witch", their still-incredible first single from 1965..." [Matthew Berlyant @ The Big Takeover]

The Sonics headlined the final night of the Norton Records part at the Bell House (that started on Thursday) late last night (11/13). Here are the pictures from their Saturday afternoon show at Maxwell's, with the now-signed-to-Matador The Young. They continue below...

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Comments (9)

Roslie credits the chickpea with preserving his pipes. More phytonutrients than strychnine these days. Awesome final photo.

Seriously though, kicking myself that I didn't get tix for this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 1:22 PM

is like sonic youth?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 1:31 PM

Amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 1:54 PM

Last afternoon show I went to at Maxwell's was Q & Not U!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2011 2:03 PM

Well played BV, kudos

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:06 AM

never ceases to amaze me that BV readers (at least judging by lack of comments) do not care about anything remotely awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2011 12:18 PM

lol'd at the last picture. also the young is a pretty great band

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2011 2:32 AM

big fan of the sonics

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 7:12 PM

huge fan of the sonics

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 3:43 PM

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