Posted in music on January 20, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Fucked Up via Andrew Van Beek / White Lung via BrooklynVegan Instagram
Fucked Up
White Lung

Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.

The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.

crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
285 Kent

Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.

DIIV (via @chchchavez)

Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.

White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.

A couple more pics below...


photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram
285 Kent

some dude jumping off a PA speaker (via Eva Cruz)
285 Kent

"This is how it ends" - 285 Kent Twitter
285 Kent



Comments (45)

Brooklyn is cooked. Newark is fresh.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:30 AM

We're they bluffing about extra tixs at the door last night? Wanted to good looked great, Dan Deacon + Pictureplane were pretty awesome, #farewell285

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:34 AM

"Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band."

Well, you were there, weren't you Andrew?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:34 AM

^lay off, you were young once too

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:35 AM

Wait - this is it? This is the BV coverage of this momentous event? Where are the 7 billion pictures I usually scroll through as fast as I can, but was actually looking forward to seeing this time?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:37 AM

DIY is officially dead as of last night. As the only DIY venue in the entire existence of humanity to have mattered even because it existed in Brooklyn, which as we all know is the center of the world, it was the only venue out there to cater to everyone, and by everyone, I mean the Pitchfork and Altered Zones staff elite, their friends in bands and anyone else based in NYC with 1000+ Twitter followers. To see a DIY venue so established and filled with so much history over the 2 years it existed, my god, what are we going to do now???

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:40 AM

^so true. It's over. I give up. The new plan is to get a wife kid combo and move to Po-Dunk Iowa.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:44 AM

Best news of the day. Thank god this dump has closed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:55 AM

Definitely heard the singer of fucked up say that same line at a couple other DIY venues around the country.

285 sucked, good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:56 AM

11:40 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:57 AM

The night was really something special. You saw people of all ages and scenes come together to have a great time. Bands were in the crowd mingling about. I think I recognized a few writers from indie sites but they too looked like they were just hanging out. Even with a few technical difficulties and that token waft of dirty air, it was everything you could ask for in saying goodbye to one of Brooklyn's best venues.

After the show, me and a few other friends and new friends we made went back to one of our apartment's and uploaded some of the sets off our phones. Looking back on it just a half hour after it ended, we could already tell we had just experienced something special. It didn't take long for the pants to drop down our ankles. The boys were stroking their long thick seven and a half inch shafts as the ladies rubbed themselves looking on and hearing the beauty of DIIV. I shot a glop all over my legs as soon as the video got to the part where White Lung broke out into songs off Sorry. I'll never forget 285 Kent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:58 AM

^ ROUGH TRADE BABY. perfect venue for you hooked nose transplants

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:59 AM

Why would anyone lay on that couch? That thing must be a petrie dish of venereal diseases, bed bugs, and other organisms.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:59 AM

Me and Andrew Sacher actually go to high school together, and I too was at the show last night. He is absolutely right. When that fat slob told me that I could actually do it myself, my life was changed. It was truly touching.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 12:02 PM

RIP Kent. Also Bring back grady mackintosh!!!! she was a rad bass player & wicked cute. miss her playing in WL

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 12:23 PM

In four years, we'll be reading this exact same article again and enduring this exact same shotgunned nostalgia all over again when whatever Todd P is calling his new venue closes so that it can open up another temporary hole in the wall for rich Brooklyn brats to pretend means something.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 12:25 PM

285 can lick my hairy choad

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 12:48 PM

who's getting the flea-infested couch?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 1:02 PM

EULOGY: "285 was an absolute shithole with terrible sound and nothing at all to like about it. It hosted raves for the most part. It was the only place that was central williamsburg enough for idiots to find using their smartphones."

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 1:03 PM

People that constantly talk about people on their phones are WORSE. The reason why everyone you are with is on their phone because you probably suck and need to be ignored.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 1:07 PM

I always got shitty reception inside 285, so using the phone wasn't really an option.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 2:05 PM

kids suck

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 2:44 PM

i farted on that couch once. about where that girl with the nice hairs elbow is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 2:57 PM

The only thing worse than the sound and the usual suckyness of the venue last night was the crowd. Fuck all y'all.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 3:39 PM

So much butthurt "DIY is dead" bullshit
The place was a shithole and a fire hazzard. A typical crowd was rude, entitled and irritating. If that is your idea of the ultimate DIY venue, you've never seen an actual organic movement.
Good luck with the job search, kiddies.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 5:07 PM


If that was the photographer, Laura, posting that link, your photos are terrible. Learn to use a fucking camera but I guess that is why you are shooting for a rag like the village voice rather than BrooklynVegan

Nice try to hijack though since no one would see those photos otherwise

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 5:17 PM

^ so boring. hasn't been the same since that cinder block fell on his head.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 6:07 PM

"Fucked Up DIIV"

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 6:35 PM

These guys look so stoked on everything:

I wonder if they knew the name of the venue they were playing in. Reminds me of the band who has the name of the city they're in written on the setlist & taped to the monitor.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 6:43 PM

Flash photography is cheating.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 8:54 PM

i thought it was emblematic of the experience at 285 when during the autre ne veut show, the singer asked the crowd to be quiet for a brief moment, and a huge number of people just outright ignored him. he even remarked afterwards "even you PR media types in the back" or something like that, and then realizing where he was (and probably that ryan schreiber, etc., were there) followed it up with an only half-joking, "is that a bad look?" even at bowery presents events i have seen more respectful crowds.

but really for the gallatin rich kid crowd who just moved to new york last year because they heard about williamsburg in Vice, this place was always more about being seen and engaging in industry social networking than it was about the music. it's a shame too because todd and ric have worked tirelessly to book great acts (usually). market hotel was way more of a "community" than this place ever was, but of course half of these scenester kids with 5000 twitter followers weren't even in new york 4-5 years ago, so whatever

Posted by lena dunham | January 20, 2014 9:28 PM

8:42 & 8:46.. that chick would slay both of you before breakfast. She's in a league far above BV comment fare.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 9:43 PM

never went to this one. was this place legit (licensed, etc) or another todd p fire trap?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 9:44 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 10:48 PM

Leave the fucking kid alone. I never saw any writer on here get so much shit from a bunch of losers jerking off in their basements as this kid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2014 11:28 PM

12:23 - she wasnt a sex blogger or prostitute, so she got the ax. Feminism!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 12:14 AM

11:28 - hi dad!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:15 AM

Why does everybody here always gotta stick their dick in the hummus???

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:20 AM

So how were the decks?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:47 AM

just some sonys bro

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 12:24 AM

i only loved scaduto.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 12:05 PM

only loved scaduto? i guess you enjoy listening to people talk about themselves nonstop. Or maybe you just like junk too.

Posted by hah | January 23, 2014 5:18 AM

wow. the last time i saw fucked up, damian explained to us that he'd lost some weight and really improved his outlook on life since he started smoking pot. i thought that was a healthy development on a few different levels. it's one thing to obsess over body image, it's another to try and stay healthy to prevent your life from being too short. he looks good.

Posted by Rikari | November 2, 2014 3:35 PM

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