Posted in music | pictures on June 19, 2014

photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher

Tigers Jaw / Pity Sex @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/18/14
Tigers Jaw
Pity Sex

Last night (6/18), Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex brought their tour to NYC for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pity Sex played to the largest and wildest crowd I've seen them play to in NYC, and it seemed like the band may have agreed with that. They looked genuinely amazed at the packed crowd's reaction, which included tons of people singing along, a lot of stage diving, and a few push pits too. The crowd at one point also started a "PIH-TEE SEX" chant like they were at a football game. Pretty nuts for what you could basically call a shoegaze band.

Then Tigers Jaw headlined, playing a ton of their great new album Charmer (which came out two weeks ago) and older cuts as well. As you may know, Tigers Jaw had some lineup changes before the new record, leaving Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins as the only original members, but former member Adam McIlwee did contribute lead vocals to many of Charmer's songs. Needless to say, this left some doubt as to how they would come off live without him, but Ben handled his parts expertly and more than met expectations.

I'm personally a bigger fan of the mopier Charmer than anything else they've done, but the older cuts sounded just as good as the new ones last night. They even sort of worked them out to sound a little more like Charmer. A song like "Plane Vs Take Vs Submarine," which recorded is a scrappy emo-folk song, last night sounded as crisp and full as show highlight "Slow Come On" from the new record. Ben and Brianna's harmonies were as sharp live as they are on record too, especially on "Hum," another highlight of the show and one where Brianna's voice truly gets to shine.

Pictures of the show, including openers Loose Planes (who I missed), are in this post. Petal was also supposed to open but had to drop off due to a family emergency.

You can catch Tigers Jaw in the NYC-area again when their tour with Touche Amore hits Revolution on July 15 (sold out), and Pity Sex will be back when their tour with Basement hits Webster Hall on August 19 (tickets). Basement also recently announced a new EP, Further Sky, which will be out on July 29 via Run For Cover. Stream the very promising lead track "Summer's Colour," below.

In less positive news, some dude jumped on stage during both Pity Sex and Tiger's Jaw's sets, and tried to kiss Britty Drake of Pity Sex and Brianna of Tigers Jaw. (The same dude both times.) Tigers Jaw kept playing but as soon as the song ended, Ben from the band called him out and said, "To the fucking asshole who just tried to kiss her, you can probably leave right now." After the next song he continued, "It's a violation of someone's personal space." And Brianna added, "Just because I'm up here and I'm a girl, does not give you the right to touch me." The crowd cheered both of them on and responded to the dude who did it with an "asshole" chant. Britty has since tweeted, "Sucks that a culture of entitlement has engrained that its cool to kiss nonconsenting strangers so well that he didn't know what he did wrong," and Brianna released a statement to her band's tumblr. According to a venue representative, the person was eventually kicked out of the show. Some depressing pictures of the incident are over at Nerve.

Read her statement in full, with more pictures, TJ's setlist from MHOW, and the new Basement song, below...

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Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Loose Planes

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Pity Sex

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw

Tigers Jaw

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Tigers Jaw

TIGERS JAW SETLIST:
The Sun
Frame You
Cool
I Was Never Your Boyfriend
Test Pattern
Smile
Jet Alone
Nervous Kids
Divide
Jimmy Piersall
Slow Come On
Lodging
Carry You Over
Teen Rocket
Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine
I Saw Water
Hum
Distress Signals

Encore:
???? (anyone know?)

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Brianna Collins' Full Statement:

Last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, someone came on stage and very forcibly tried to kiss me, and actually did kiss Britty while she was playing. Another person from the tour was kissed while taking a photo... This tour is the first time something like this has happened to me, and I want to directly address it.

IT IS NEVER OKAY TO TOUCH SOMEONE WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. Ever. I felt so upset and violated, as did the others who this happened to.. Touching someone without their consent is not only upsetting for that person, but is also a crime. We all need to respect each other's space -- whether it's someone in the band or someone crowd surfing. I just want to play music with my friends and I shouldn't have to be worried whether or not every person stage diving is going to do something like that. I don't want it to come down to having to say that there's no stage diving allowed at our shows, but if stuff like this keeps happening and I feel unsafe and uncomfortable when we play, I don't know any other solution.

So please - DO NOT EVER touch/kiss/grab someone that has not given you consent to do so. You are not entitled to that no matter what the situation is. Be a decent human being and keep your hands to yourself.
- Brianna

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Basement - "Summer's Colour"

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Comments (31)


Who??

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:13 PM

"culture of entitlement" is a vapid cliche that gets in a way of an idea that was worth expressing.

sexist assholes are a problem. "entitlement" is not a thing and neither is "culture of."

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:18 PM

"The crowd at one point also started a 'PIH-TEE SEX' chant like they were at a football game"

That's just like football games!!!! You totally know sports, dude. Kudos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:20 PM

Right after the song it happened to Brianna during ended, Ben from Tigers Jaw called him out and said, "To the fucking asshole who just tried to kiss her, you can probably leave right now."


this sentence made my head hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:25 PM

every member of all three bands looks like an emo nerd.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:27 PM

Where are the pictures of either of the kissing incidents?

Major fail on the part of the photographer.

Pics or it didn't happen

Crossing fingers that the dude who did it reads BV and is going to comment soon.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:29 PM

Pics are here: http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/music/performance-tigers-jaw-kiss-brianna-collins-assault

The guy looks like a total emo frat date rapist

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:34 PM

Hold on.

So the guy tried to kiss the one woman...then went BACK up on the stage and tried to kiss a woman from the other band?

Why was he even still there?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:41 PM

if you don't want kisses then get off the fucking stage. fuck, i love kisses man

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 2:58 PM

Soft controversies fitting for soft bands.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:01 PM

"if you don't want kisses then get off the fucking stage. fuck, i love kisses man"

holy shit shut the fuck up you terrible idiot monster

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:08 PM

I've seen the kissing guy before. He hangs out in Union Square holding a sign offering free hugs

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:11 PM

was it the same guy both times?

not sure if it's worse if it was one guy or two separate assholes...

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:16 PM

Worst show this year. Warped tour crowd surfing idiots with a super dull line-up. Unimpressed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:24 PM

"was it the same guy both times?
not sure if it's worse if it was one guy or two separate assholes..."

Yeah article is not very clear.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:25 PM

The guy doing the kissing looks like the guy of guy who allows the guy in the background who is overweight and laughing to watch him and his girlfriend have sex.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:57 PM

I was at the show and me and my buddies followed the guy out the door soon after security took him out. He was almost instantly on his phone bragging and laughing to his friends about what had just transpired, and his pal joined up with him to joke about it with some very gross misogynist jokes. We followed the two to a bar where they had decided to go since they had time to kill. They had two shit beers each and left, so we continued following them. I don't know how they didn't catch on to four guys following them for an hour and a half at that point but they didn't, and as they went off on their separate ways home, we caught up to the guy who carried out the assault. My friend yelled out, "Think you're big forcing yourself onto a girl half your size?" to which he looked confused and then instantly scared. He mumbled something about leaving him alone, but my friend began tearing into him about what he did being wrong and why he needed to know it was wrong. As he tried to deflect attention visibly embarrassed, we told him we didn't want to beat him up or anything but to know what he did shouldn't be done ever again. He tried shaking our hands at the end to assure we were all cool. I don't know if we got through to him. Hope we did.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 4:12 PM

LOL 4:12, none of that happened. It'd be more embarrassing if that actually happened. It took you 1.5 hours to talk to this guy? What a dweeb

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 4:45 PM

^This

What makes an idiot like 4:12 take the time to type all that shit when no one for a second would even believe that actually happened.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 5:07 PM

5:07 is a total buffoon, really a textbook case. He doesn't even realize how foolish his statements are. I just feel embarrassment for him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 5:21 PM

4:45 = 5:07

And yes, total nut job

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 5:27 PM

hey 4:12, this isn't reddit, you're not going to get "upvotes" for your supposed chivalry.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 5:50 PM

why didn't anyone beat the absolute shit out of this dude? this is sickening

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 6:23 PM

5:07 here,
Actually 4:45 was a completely different person so i guess the total nut job is you 4:12

1-for writing that stupid long winded dopeyness that was not even true

2-for thinking that anyone who disparages you or calls you out for the moron that you are must be all the work of one person.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 6:46 PM

6:46 just shut your pie hole, you weren't even there. Why don't you come back and post when you are actually there?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 11:22 PM

How much pizza and mopiness were at this whiny bitch show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:41 AM

holy fuck i kept waiting for that paragraph to end "we put that fool in the fucking hospital and jumped on his nuts til they exploded haha no kids for you"

but then it did the opposite

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

That kissing bandit has definitely date-raped something or someone. Wow.

If I pulled a stunt like that my name would be all over the internet because I'm really popular and well-liked, a modern-day rogue. But the ladiez come to me, except post city galz.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 20, 2014 6:25 PM

Kissing random people (uninvited) is probably not anyone's best career move, but writing some diatribe about how you "shouldn't touch anyone" is fucking beyond laughable. If you're afraid of people touching you, don't go out, don't be in a fucking band, and don't ever associate with anyone else in a public place. Get real.

The fact that some one (no matter what their gender) gets weirded out by people touching them says far more about their own massive insecurities than anything else.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2014 2:49 AM

Ok ok ok ok time for the usual voice of reason here.

That's right D is here to hijack this shit and lay down what's what.

The guy who kissed the two girls was an ass, agreed, but he doesn't deserve to get beaten up for kissing them.

He should've been detained by security and arrested for sexual battery but wasn't and that's on security who did a shit job with the whole affair.

You people are fucking idiots to not once ask the fundamental question which is ¨Where the fuck was security during this incident?¨ If I was the manager of that club I'd fire ALL security assigned to handle stage security. I mean how the FUCK was this guy able to come up onstage TWICE? Wack!

What if this guy did far worse to these women? Luckily all he did was kiss them. See Dimebag Darrell.

Posted by D | June 24, 2014 3:35 AM

Beyond laughable 2:49pm hmmmm if you have a girlfriend I doubt you or she would like some random idiot grabbing her and kissing her.

Diatribe...you fucking lamebrain. Go be a devil's advocate troll somewhere else.

Way to defend sexual battery.

Posted by D | June 24, 2014 3:59 AM

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