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Late of the Pier @ MHOW (CMJ), Brooklyn, NY – pics

photos by Leia Jospe, words by Bill Pearis

Late of the Pier

Late of the Pier played their first-ever U.S. show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday night (10/22). Their debut, Fantasy Black Channel, is kind of brilliantly bonkers — part Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack, part Gary Numan, g-funk, metal, Roxy Music, etc etc… I wasn’t sure how this very young band were going to pull it off live. Lined up at the front of the stage to one side, with the drummer right up front too, they played the whole thing live — all the kooky style and tempo changes — like it was second nature. Young as they are (and they are young), Late of the Pier have serious chops, but they also know how to pose, and can pull off wearing sparkly gold tanktops and red velour. Highlights were “Bathroom Gurgle” with it’s wild falsetto breakdown and confounding showstopper “The Bears are Coming.”

Friday night they played another NYC show at Irving Plaza, part of Pete Tong’s Outsiders showcase. More pictures from Wednesday below…

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Nickel Eye and the Whip were also on this bill.

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