Priests, Amanda X, Sports, Leggy & Mannequin Pussy played Indie Pop Prom 3 at Baby’s All Right (pics)
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Priests / Amanda X / Sports @ Baby's All Right - 2/13/15
Huge surprise shows weren't the only kinds of live music going on in NYC this past weekend. There was also Indie Pop Prom 3 at Baby's All Right on Friday (2/13), the annual Brooklyn show highlighting lady-fronted punk bands, and doubling as a birthday celebration for show curator Maria Sherman. Besides headliners Priests, the show was all relatively unknown bands -- Amanda X, Sports, Leggy and Mannequin Pussy -- but sold out nonetheless, and every band went over really well.
Mannequin Pussy were up first. They recently moved from NYC to Philly and somehow I'd never seen them here before (despite playing like once a week), but I'm glad I finally did. They have aggression on their album, but it really comes across live, and having a truly great drummer didn't hurt either. And since it was prom, they ended their set with a cover of a song that was probably played at many proms, the Berry Gordy-penned '60s hit "Do You Love Me," but gave it a noise punk-meets-Rocky Horror Picture Show style makeover.
Then came Leggy and Sports, the two Ohio bands who traveled out to NYC for the show. Both have a raw, punky approach to '90s alternative, and both were great. Sports were probably my favorite band of the evening with a three-guitar setup giving them the fullest sound of all the bands. In terms of other modern bands, they sound somewhere between Cayetana and Swearin' to me, and if you like either of those you'd probably dig Sports too. Check out their recent LP if you haven't already.
Then it was Amanda X, who are from Philly like Mannequin Pussy but have a punk/alternative thing going on more like the two bands they followed. Priests wrapped up the show with a typically abrasive and animated set, and maybe the best I've ever seen from them. Priests return to NYC for the two Screaming Females release shows later this month.
More pictures from Indie Pop Prom 3, below...