photos by Fred Pessaro, words by Andrew Sacher
Iceage / White Lung
Four different countries were represented at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/20) when Denmark's Iceage and Vancouver's White Lung brought their tour through NYC for a show with German hardcore punks Burial (not the electronic artist) and Brooklyn's Parquet Courts. It was a totally solid show all night, with Burial kicking things off to a small (but interested) crowd. The place really started filling up when Parquet Courts came on, the hometown band on the bill, who had a good amount of local supporters coming out to shout along to those quotable lyrics. In addition to the material from 2012's Light Up Gold, they played some new stuff too, which you can see pictured on their setlist below. By White Lung's set, the room was totally crowded (and probably drunker) and the mosh/push pits finally started breaking out, which continued into Iceage's headlining set, played almost entirely in darkness.
Like I said, great show all around, but the highlight for me had to be White Lung (who played their own NYC show earlier that week). It was my first time seeing them play with a professional sound system and light show, and though the appeal of seeing punk bands in smaller/unconventional venues is still there, this setup really worked to White Lung's advantage. They were super loud and singer Mish Way's always powerful performance easily cut through the assault of her bandmates. They stuck mainly to 2012's Sorry but also hit other material like "Two Seen" from 2010's It's the Evil and "Hunting Holiday" from their late 2012 tour 7". It wasn't very long ago that White Lung were an unquestionably smaller band than Iceage, but from the reactions and size of the crowd on Saturday, it was pretty clear that the attention for them has grown immensely. And not for nothing.
More pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show below...