Posted in music | pictures on April 3, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Rocket from the Crypt / Ex Hex @ Bowery Ballroom - 4/2/14
Rocket from the Crypt
Rocket from the Crypt

Punk 'n' roll greats Rocket from the Crypt are currently on a reunion tour which they brought to NYC last night (4/2) at Bowery Ballroom for their first of two sold out shows here. RFTC is one of the many groups that frontman John Reis (aka Speedo) has been in, also including Hot Snakes (who reunited not long ago), Drive Like Jehu, the active Night Marchers and more, and it's great to see him back in this one, even if it's only for a short time (he made it sound like on stage that the reunion ends after this tour). Last night, the band played favorites from throughout their career, including "On A Rope," "Young Livers," "Born in '69," "I'm Not Invisible," "Straight American Slave," and tons more. The full setlist is pictured below (though it may not have been played in the exact order).

Ex Hex
Ex Hex

Last night's show was doubly great, because it also featured an opening set from Ex Hex, the newest band of indie rock veteran Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), who also played two NYC shows last month after we caught them at SXSW. The band are prepping their debut LP for Merge, and from the many times they've previewed those songs live, our hopes for it are high. Mary's got riffs and solos for days in this band, and they're always a thrill to watch. Pictures of Ex Hex and RFTC from last night are in this post.

Rocket From the Crypt do it again in NYC TONIGHT (4/3) at The Bell House, and this time they'll be supported by The So So Glos. The short US tour wraps up this weekend.

More pictures below...

---

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Ex Hex

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

---

      

Comments (20)

I'd totally give Mary Timony 7 inches for $8!

Posted by Creep | April 3, 2014 11:24 AM

Is Ted Leo still getting it in with Mary?

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 11:35 AM

The nerds with tattoos factor was particularly high at this show. Sheesh!

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 11:37 AM

The nerds with tattoos factor is particularly high in NYC

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 11:44 AM

bring back the only band that mattered = drive like jehu. I can't believe it has been 20 years since i saw them on that great stage in hoboken.

Posted by B | April 3, 2014 11:44 AM

Same setlist during the entire tour. Mario on drums, no Atom.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 12:08 PM

20 year boner for Mary was finally lost when she made a video eating ham with Ian Svenonius.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 12:18 PM

Last time I saw RFTC had to be 98-99 AT Bowery Ballroom. There were more people at the show last night then there were back then. The audio seemed particularly bad- super tin-y and you couldn't hear the horns at all on the upper floor. Idk, having just seen the Night Marchers at a venue a quarter the size, RFTC just didn't do for me last night.

Posted by Denise | April 3, 2014 12:50 PM

That's why you never watch a show from a balcony, no matter what venue... Sound was nice and thick on the floor, but agree that horns could have been a bit louder.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 1:19 PM

The sound at Bowery is superb in two different places -- the balcony rail to the immediate left or right of the soundboard, and in the center of the floor about halfway back. Actually, pretty much anywhere on the floor is going to be excellent. If you're in the balcony for a sold out show and you're standing 2 or 3 rows deep, of course its going to sound "tinny".

Posted by nyctaper | April 3, 2014 1:48 PM

yo, Creep...chill with the 8 inches. April Fools already passed.

Posted by milkycerealbaby | April 3, 2014 1:52 PM

@creep More like $4 for 3.5 inches

Posted by Morrie's Wig Shop | April 3, 2014 1:56 PM

I was on the balcony closer to the stage on the left side facing the stage and it sounded awesome through my ear plugs. The horns came through nicely, and its why I stood on their side of the stage. This band never dissapoints.

Posted by mlboom | April 3, 2014 2:07 PM

@Morrie'sWigShop..Ouch

Posted by Creep | April 3, 2014 2:29 PM

Everybody Wang Chung tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 3:01 PM

I haven't seen them live yet but, judging by these pictures, all three ladies in Ex Hex are hotties...not just Mary. Crushing on the short haired bass player!

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 3:43 PM

i was downstairs by the merch table and i think the band sounded muddled.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 3:46 PM

What a bunch of complainers, nitpickers and sweaty palmed pervs on here. Kind of shocking and sad really.Y'all sound like a barrel of laughs.

The show was a testament to the epitome of cool, loud, sweaty unabashed R&B/R7R optimism combined with a healthy dose of snide snicker. What a treat to have fun and see this barnburner of a band once more.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 5:00 PM

@12:08 this is NOT the same setlist as SF last week (though similar).

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 6:51 PM

Good song, I like the moody emphasis on the rhythm section ( bass guitar and drums ) and with the electronic textures.

Posted by Al Martinez | May 27, 2014 2:40 AM

Leave a Comment