Posted in music | pictures on November 8, 2013

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Bree Roberts

Black Lips
Black Lips

Black Lips, and their documentary, are on tour, and the band played a show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Monday November 4th with Subsonics and Weird Womb, before hitting up Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday 5th November with Tweens and Habibi. Pictures from the Manhattan show are in this post, but I was at the one in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn punks Weird Womb opened the show. They amused the crowd with their self-deprecating humor and between song quips, "Lets do Four Loko and Five Hour Energy drinks- it's a Four By Five!", but singer Dakota seemed mostly keen to just get off stage. This made more sense later, as I learned the guitarist had no voice and should have been at home drinking lemon tea.

Described as "the best band in Atlanta" by the Black Lips-and chosen for this show and others on the tour by the band specifically for that reason- Subsonics, who remind me a little of the always awesome 'The Gories', came out like a surf punk garage noir dream, and rocked it out for their whole set. My personal favorite band for the night, Subsonics killed it with songs from their new release 'In The Black Spot' (Slovenly Recordings)- 'Too Damaged' rocked, as did the older hit "Frankenstein". Singer Clay Reed was definitely channeling the late Lou Reed a little tonight with his vocals and stance, and the crowd was more than receptive. Subsonics have been around since the early 90s and hopefully with more exposure will gain the recognition they so clearly deserve.

The venue packed to capacity as the Black Lips came on stage. The last time I saw them was Halloween 2011 at Webster Hall with Puerto Rican rockers Davila 666- who are no longer active. I don't remember much of that shit show, because I was wasted like most of everyone else I know that was in attendance (including the bands) - but from what I recall- they played technically better tonight. 'Dirty Hands' was a bright light sing along for the entire room, and 'Bad Kids' will always be a crowd surfing highlight. Even the fluffy haired, leopard print fur coated Bebe Buell copycat groupies that were endlessly pushing in front of me knew the lyrics to that one. The only criticism with Black Lips is that they keep getting better, smoother, more shiny- less Black Lips! The stage antics they built their reputation on are over. Black Lips are all grown up now, ironically on Vice Records, and in case you didn't notice- Vice is all grown up now too. The old school antics are gone. They're Beastie Boys gone from talking about your Right To Party to talking about Buddhism. I'm not hating, everyone needs to pay their bills. As a reviewer though; it does make for a less interesting show. Nobody got their dick out, nobody pee-ed, it was post-garage punk by numbers; delightfully inoffensive rocknroll. Very "nice"- your mom would have loved it. I quite liked it too.

More pictures from the Bowery show, wild crowd included, below...

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Comments (18)

No piss. No dick. I'm not going.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 6:16 AM

Easy on the Instagram settings.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 8:08 AM

How the fuck are these idiots still putting on shows that people actually go to?

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 10:05 AM

@10:05 Because sadly people don't want to think about what they listen to. They move here from Illinois, Iowa, or wherever the fuck they're from, and listen to what they think they're suppose to listen to. Might as well be listen to the dave matthews band. Cheerleaders in Iowa, goth in NYC. Sublime listening, Coors light drinking, sandal wearing frat boys in Missouri, Beirut listening, local stout drinking, boat loafer wearing wallflower wannabe in NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 10:22 AM

remember when girl bands used to be cute? now it's all sweaty smelly looking a-rabs and chicks with weird bangs who look like they just got off the bus from north dakota. boo.

Posted by ronnie heckler | November 8, 2013 10:34 AM

years ago spin magazine called black lips "psychedelic hardcore"

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 10:37 AM

These guys suck but what's wrong with Sublime

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 10:58 AM

nice lookin photos

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 11:50 AM

looks like a fun show

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 12:23 PM

Davila 666 aren't around anymore? That's a huge bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 12:44 PM

those chicks are hot

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 1:25 PM

"Crowd surfing highlight" is an oxymoron.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 1:39 PM

@10:05 & @10:22 you should go to a poetry bar and blow each other ... but @10:05, you might want to work on your language skills, you are still a little to crude to be sophisticated enough for the academic mind of your new pal.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 1:48 PM

Manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2013 1:54 PM

the brooklyn show was tits. a couple banker fucks tried to get in the pit at the beginning of the show, but they cleared out real quick thankfully. obviously they were there for the underage girls and had no idea who was playing

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2013 8:47 AM

No piss, no dicks? No shit. You're 12 years too late. Did a 16-year-old write this?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2013 6:48 PM

apart from making me laugh hysterically It's not musically interesting to me. I guess the hype now is sucking at playing your instruments and chanting true and comical lyrics.

Posted by Max | February 27, 2014 6:56 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2014 7:22 AM

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