Posted in music | pictures on August 11, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Black Bananas / Shockwave Riderz @ Seaport Music Fest 8/8/2014
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Well, this was definitely the weirdest Seaport Music Festival show since Suicide and The DeathSet in 2007. The current project of Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux and RTX), Black Bananas have added electro elements to the garage/Stones/whatever rock that's been her bread and butter. Her new album, Electric Brick Wall, is kind of a mess but one with discernable songs and hooks. Live, at least on Friday (8/8), it was just a mess. I think they were having equipment problems, it was definitely not loud enough, or maybe an off night. Also, while the astroturf on Fulton St is nice for sitting, people seem happy to sit through the entire performance -- even right up front -- which isn't exactly rock n' roll. But it was a freak scene for sure, and subjecting the Wall St. TGIF happy hour crowd to its own perverse pleasure.

Pittsburgh's Shockwave Riderz, on the other hand, were pretty great. They're definitely a band you can't easily sum up. There are garagey elements, but its entirely played on samplers and keyboards but with a live drummer (onetime Modey Lemon singer Phil Boyd) to give it oomph. Shockwave Riderz would be better someone smaller and more in-your-face, like Cake Shop (or Baby's All Right where they played on Saturday), but they definitely made it work.

This week's Seaport Music Fest show is a good one, with Brazil's Boogarins and the Netherlands' Jacco Gardner. It's free. More pics from Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz, below...

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Comments (20)

no Hagerty, no care.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:44 AM

It's abundantly clear from Jennifer's post-Royal Trux projects that Neil was the only talented one in that band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:48 AM

To be fair, Jennifer does have some talent as a visual artist, and is a shrewd business woman. But yeah, she's not really a musician. I actually walked out of a RTX show it was so bad. Save your money/time for when The Howling Hex are in town.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:53 AM

saw Black Bananas in San Francisco a few years back and it was equally shitty....like a juvenile performance art piece with a 'rock n' roll' theme

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 9:56 AM

Has anyone ever actually seen her face?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 10:34 AM

Is the chick from Shockwave Riderz different?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:03 AM

She looks like Steven Tyler.

Posted by Original Fuzz | August 11, 2014 11:08 AM

Just use the dick

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 12:32 PM

11:03 I don't think so, I just think her hair is different.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 1:17 PM

^scratch that. Only the two guys are mentioned on their bandcamp or Facebook, so it might be a different lady

Posted by 1:17 | August 11, 2014 1:22 PM

Shockwave Riderz are actually pretty rad. Heard them on WFMU. Meant to go to this show, and totally forgot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 2:21 PM

Black Bananas were a fucking mess. It wasn't just the gear, they didn't seem to know what they were doing on stage. I left early. Never heard of Shockwave Riderz but they were really good. Seeing them made the show not feel like a complete waste of time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 4:16 PM

Sara Mac is just so unbelievably hot

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 7:34 PM

shockwave riderz chick is Vashti from k-holes / golden triangle i believe

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2014 11:00 PM

who farted?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 12:12 AM

The fall out of Royal Trux is fascinating.

Let's keep it real.

Black Bananas = clown shit

The Howling Hex = when they're on, probably the best (and most slept on) rock band in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 12:34 AM

^basically. she was feelin herself a little too hard, and thought she could keep it going w/o him, and she lost that bet. there is a side of me that feels bad for her, but reallyshe gravely miscalculated the situation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:11 AM

black bananas- it wasn't their gear and they didn't have an off night. They suck. Its white trash florida "art" but really it just bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:26 PM

That was simply one of the worst sets I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:33 PM

Still think Electric Brick Wall is a great record! This might not suit the majority or the dictates of the webmaster but who cares

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 7:30 PM

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