Entries tagged with: Fidlar
by Bill Pearis
photo: Bully @ Northside Fest 2015 (more by PSquared)
Bully and FIDLAR are currently on tour together in Europe and to promote it the two bands recorded a joint cover of Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs classic "Absolutely Cuckoo." If you're expecting them to smash Stephin Merritt's ukulele with a blast of bratty, poppy punk, well that's totally not what they do here. This is the most chill either band has ever been. You can check it out via its cute video -- which they put together on the flight over -- below.
by Andrew Sacher
San Diego party punks The Frights just played The Growlers' Beach Goth festival this past weekend and their upcoming debut album was produced by FIDLAR's Zac Carper, so you may already have an idea of what to expect from this band. The album's called You Are Going To Hate This, and we've got the premiere of the title track. It's a super catchy blend of Weezer, SoCal pop punk, and Burger-y garage rock. Check it out below.
The album comes out February 12 on Dangerbird Records (also home to releases by Minus the Bear, Maritime, Hot Hot Heat and more), and pre-orders begin this Friday (10/30). Their only date at the moment is LA on 11/18 with frnkiero andthe cellabration (who also open Taking Back Sunday's just-announced second holiday show in NJ).
photos by Debi Del Grande
Julian Casablancas / Die Antwoord / Coathangers / FIDLAR / Growlers
Highlights from the main stage, appropriately named Beach Goth, included FIDLAR, a party punk band that sings mostly about drinking beer and not doing homework. While the lyrics are silly and quit meaningless, it was fun to let go and dance around to high-energy power chords. Also, props to the band for being the only ones to start a circle mosh pit in the beer garden.Day 2 of The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth fest featured sets from Julian Casablancas + Voidz, The Coathangers, DIIV, Die Antwoord, FIDLAR (who came dressed as Lumbergh from Office Space), a surprise appearances from Pauly Shore and Warren G and more.
Julian Casablancas and the Voidz was another highlight from the main stage. While hardcore Casablancas fans lost it, it was a little difficult to connect with some of the avant-garde music and warped vocals due to some sound issues.
Casablancas did return to the main stage, however, during the Growlers hour-long set, joining the band for a version of the Doors' "People are Strange." Deep vocals from Casablancas balanced Brooks Nielsen's trademark rasp nicely. The Growlers, who played a completely different set on Sunday, then finished out the night by taking requests from the audience. - [OC Register]
Pictures from Day 1 of Beach Goth 4 are HERE. Lots more from Day 2, below....
photos by Mimi Hong
FIDLAR / Dune Rats
LA pop punks FIDLAR's current tour with Australia's Dune Rats stopped by NYC last Saturday (9/26) for a show at Webster Hall. It looks like the band has been sticking too the same set for this tour, which includes cuts from their debut and the recently-released Too. More pictures, including a shot of the setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Last year, Australia's Dune Rats released their self-titled debut album, a batch of weed-fueled pop punk that should be comfort food for King of the Beach-era Wavves fans. They've now signed to Dine Alone Records, and the label will reissue their debut with three bonus tracks this week (9/4). You can check out the artwork, tracklist and video for opening track "Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana" below.
Dune Rats were also added as an opener to past Wavves tourmates FIDLAR's tour, which hits NYC on September 26 at Webster Hall. Needless to say, that's a fitting double bill. Tickets for Webster are still available.
All dates are listed below...
The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The 188.8.131.52.'s and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.
Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...
They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.
Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.
Update: Denver additions announced too.
photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.
The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.
Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.
FIDLAR fighting for their right to parody other videos
FIDLAR will release their second album, Too, on September 4 via Mom + Pop. The album's first single is "40oz on Repeat" and its accompanying video pays low-budget homage to some of a whole bunch of music videos, including ones by Devo, Suicidal Tendencies, Missy Elliot, The Beastie Boys, The Hives, Oasis, Korn, and more. Watch it below.
Having just wrapped up their tour with METZ (which hit NYC last week for two wild shows), FIDLAR have now announced a fall tour which includes Chicaco and Toronto editions Riot Fest and another NYC show, happening September 26 at Webster Hall. Tickets to the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/5) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.
Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.
All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: METZ in Portland, OR July 2014 (more by Autumn Andel)
METZ have announced details of their second album, METZ II, which will be out May 5 via Sub Pop. (Pre-order yours.) They've shared a song from it as well, "Acetate," which you can listen to while you watch the band's friend Travis Millard make graphic-designed pancakes for his dog Rodney. They say it's "not the video" but it's more of one than most songs get these days, and is worth watching. The song's a real ripper too, as you'd expect from METZ. Watch it below.
The band are touring this spring, and dates include two stops in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on May 26 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 27. Both dates, and much of the tour, are with FIDLAR making lower case letters obselete for much of April and May. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at noon.
In other news, METZ's Alex Edkins has teamed with Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and Constantines' Doug MacGregor for a new Canadian supergroup called LIDS. Their debut 7" is titled "Sarsfest" and will be out March 17 via Toronto label Telephone Explosion. You can stream that below.
All dates are listed, along with the LP art, tracklist and "Acetate" video, below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
Man, Burger Records is really feeling the Angus Soundtrack '90s kids lately. First they signed The Muffs and now they've booked Weezer for their fourth Burgerama festival happening March 28-29 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. And that's not their only kinda-crazy booking this year. They've also got Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the current version of Gang of Four, and of course plenty of awesome more expected names like Ty Segall, Black Lips, J Mascis, Ariel Pink, Roky Erickson, King Khan & BBQ Show, FIDLAR, White Fence, together PANGEA, The Queers, The Coathangers, Shannon and the Clams, JEFF the Brotherhood, La Luz, Girl Band and still plenty more as you can see in the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (12/12).
photos by Debi Del Grande;
Mac DeMarco / FIDLAR / together PANGEA / White Fang
On Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco was preparing for his set in the green room when we caught up with him. "I used to think Burger was just garage, but it's more 'anything goes' nowadays," said DeMarco. His set on the main stage bounced between funky guitars that shimmered and dipped low during a spaced-out rendition of "Ode to Viceroy," where DeMarco celebrated his favorite brand of cigarettes through song...In addition to Georgia soul singer Curtis Harding, the second day (3/23) of Burgerama III in Santa Ana, CA featured a lot of wild, widely diverse sets -- FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, metal band Sleep, together PANGEA, White Fang and more all wound up the party-hardy throngs of crowd-surfers. Belated pics from Burgerama III day 2 are in this post.
..."I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die," sang [FIDLAR singer Zac] Carper, who banged up his knees pretty badly early in the set. The letters for FIDLAR appeared above the stage in flaming letters that resembled the Vegas skyline on the Fourth of July, while the band scared the shit out of everyone by tossing small firecrackers into a puddle of water and beer that covered the stage - which at times, looked like it was ready to go up in flames. At points, the entire surrounding area smelled like gun powder, cheap beer, and weed. - [LA Weekly]
White Fang, meanwhile, bring their tour with fellow Burger band Denney & the Jets to Brooklyn's Glasslands on Saturday (4/19) with Hector's Pets on the bill as well. Tickets to that show are still available.
Torres at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Our friends at DoNYC (who we just co-hosted our holiday party with) are celebrating their one year anniversary with two nights of free music at Baby's All Right on January 27 and 28. The first night has FIDLAR (who are on tour with the Pixies), Amanda X (who we just caught opening for Parquet Courts), and a special guest TBA. Then the second night has Marnie Stern, Torres and more TBA. Both are free with RSVP.
Gap Dream @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
We mentioned briefly yesterday that Black Lips would be playing this year's edition of Burger Records' Burgerama fest which happens at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on March 23 & 24. Today, the Burger folks released the initial line-up for Burgerama III which is pretty killer if you're into the rock n' roll lifestyle the store/label has become synonymous with. Among the acts playing this year: Mac DeMarco, Death, FIDLAR, Nobunny, Gap Dream, Kool Keith (!), Allah-Las, The Orwells, The Tyde and loads more. Full lineup below.
Tickets for Burgerama III go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon PST.
Burgerama lineup, poster and a streaming Burger sampler, below...
photos by Harriet Roberts; words by Bree Roberts
FIDLAR / The Orwells @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/24/2013
FIDLAR and The Orwells' current tour slammed into NYC last Thursday (10/24) for a show at Bowery Ballroom. It was entirely appropriate that this Bowery punk show was opened by dirty New York rockers Shocked Minds. Singer Josh Martin cut his teeth in Atlanta with the much loved Carbonas and currently plays guitar and sings with the esteemed Ex Humans, but with Shocked Minds is where he really shines. Compared to bands like Dead Boys and Exploding Hearts, Shocked Minds have a reputation that precedes them with quite large shoes to fill, but they don't disappoint. Their brand of gritty, old school New York punk was not what this teenage crowd came to hear, but it's maybe what they should be listening to. Songs off their self titled LP (released earlier this year on Hozac) hit the mark -- drummer Kirk Podell punctuating each beat with accuracy.
The Orwells, from Chicago, are incredibly young and most of them looked like they were going to get grounded for playing this show. The singer Mario walked out like he owned the stage, and the crowd went wild for him. He continued to flip his hair and ponce around like a curly blonde Mick Jagger/Adam Ant hybrid for the entire set, simultaneously warning the crowd about destroying the "VERY EXPENSIVE" monitors, and then almost pushing them off the stage himself while attempting to touch hands/bodies with as many audience members as possible. The crowd lapped it up, and they went down a treat.
stage divers doing FIDLAR's set
This particular show was a 16+ sold out affair, and as the room filled to complete capacity I started to feel old as shit. FIDLAR have been touring for the best part of a year and a half, but they don't seem even slightly fazed, their energy resonating with the crowd who were thrilled to be in their presence. At all times throughout their set, almost half the stage was filled with people dancing, singing, fist pumping and stage diving. FIDLAR took it all in good grace and gave the crowd exactly what they wanted -- singalong 90s skate punk, short and sweet and to the point, no complications and lyrics about being 'awkward' and "I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU" etc.
Their cover of 'Red Right Hand' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whilst giving props for taste, fell flat and seemed disjointed and out of place. The single "No Waves," though, was a highlight, an upbeat song about self destruction -- the teenage crowd sang along to every lyric, one girl crowd surfing with a backpack and a grin. The Blink 182 reference kept flashing bright in my brain but I assumed it was my '90s teenage years giving away my age, until they finished the set with 'Dammit" by Blink 182. The crowd was going wild throughout their entire set and FIDLAR gave back much love. Despite my reluctance to buy into West Coast '90s throwback skater punk, this band feels authentic and genuine with everything they are.
More pictures from the whole Bowery Ballroom show are below.
Pixies at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Pixies recently wrapped up a 4-night run of small NYC shows, and now the reinvigorated band, with a new lineup and new music in tow, have announced the full North American leg of their world tour for 2014. The tour doesn't come back to NYC, but it does include area shows happening at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on January 19 and Newark's NJ Performing Arts Center on January 21. Tickets for all shows on the tour go on sale Friday (10/11) at 10 AM. You can get Cap tickets via Ticketfly and NJPAC tickets via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The shows are on fan presale NOW (password: "ANDRO").
Pixies also just made a video for "Andro Queen" off their newest EP. You can check that out, along with the list of tour dates, tour flyer, and a recent live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
FIDLAR @ Glasslands in April (more by PSquared Photography)
Batten down the hatches, two of the country's more rambunctious young bands -- FIDLAR and The Orwells -- will be on tour together this fall. Their trek includes a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on October 24. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (5/15) at noon with the general on-sale happening Friday (5/17) at noon.
Bumbershoot is returning to Seattle this year from August 31 to September 2 at Seattle Center. This year's lineup was just announced, and it includes Death Cab for Cutie performing Transatlanticism (in case The Postal Service reuniting wasn't enough Ben Gibbard nostalgia for you), Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, The Breeders, The Zombies, Alt-J, Deerhunter, Baroness, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Joey Bada$$, Eric Burdon, Bob Mould, David Bazan, Charli XCX, Redd Kross, The Men and more.
Tickets (3-day passes, 2-day passes, and single day tickets) for the festival are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Wavves/FIDLAR/surfer @ Glasslands, 4/11/2013
This was one of the wildest, crowd-surfingest, beer-flinging shows I've been to in a long time, with a crowd clearly already in weekend party mode and two acts -- Wavves and FIDLAR -- right there with them. Both bands share a similar sound, and probably recreational activities. It was a very fun night.
Wavves, who are on the heels of a very catchy new album, headlined and have come a long way since the first time I saw them at SXSW 2009, the band being as tight as they need be with the punky pop material. The crowd sang along loudly while hurling themselves into each other to most of the songs, which cherry-picked from Wavves' output to date. Most of them, at least. One guy spent the whole show by the stage, Sharpie in hand, trying to get bassist (and former Reatard) Stephen Pope to sign his CD. (Dude, just wait till after show!) Nathan Williams seemed a little subdued for most of the set but lept onto crowd during the last song, surfing over to Glasslands' balcony where he pulled himself up onto it before diving back down into it.
FIDLAR's Zac Carper, meanwhile, matched the crowd the crowd leap for leap during their raucous set. Before the end of the first song he was rolling on the stage floor, a position he'd be in more than once before their set finished. Carper also let us know what FIDLAR stands for about six times ("Fuck it Dog Life's A Risk" if you're wondering) and what drug each song was about (meth, LSD, pot, cocaine, cheap beer, some were not about drugs). These guys are playing standard fare skatepunk that doesn't do a lot for me on record, but there is no denying the genuine energy they bring live. Gleeful mayhem.
Openers Cheatahs were the band I was most looking forward to. A little more on the early '90s shoegaze tip, the London-based band were tight and sounded great -- somewhere between Swervedriver and Smeared-era Sloan (their singer is actually from Canada, wonder if he's a fan) -- but they seemed to eschew most of their hookiest songs in favor of newer, more ambitious material. But maybe that's what you do when you've got the 8:45 slot, test out new stuff. Still, when they launched into their soaring track "The Swan" (from the terrific, just-released U.S. introduction, Extended Plays), Cheatahs shined.
All three bands, who've been touring together for about a month, play Brooklyn again tonight (4/12) at Shea Stadium which, as you might expect from such a small venue, is sold out. More pics from Glasslands -- including a couple of, yes, the venue's new bathrooms -- are below.