Scotland Rocks? Well, 1990s do, at least. Bowery Ballroom was decked out in blue and white balloons in celebration of the Scotland Rocks festival, or whatever it was.
John McKeown, formerly of late-’90s indie band the Yummy Fur, knows his way around a Big Rock Riff, even if his lyrics are lacking. ("Dancing on the ceiling" is a phrase Lionel Richie rendered verboten.) He’s pretty charming, which makes up for a lot of the bands other shortcomings which are apparent on their debut, Cookies. But he has stated that 1990s aren’t trying to do any more than just be a good time. Live…mission accomplished. But the songs the drummer sings are the best.
Bowery Ballroom was a little too big, though, for a band almost no one knew at all. I’m sure at the Mercury Lounge they would have killed. Which means they will probably be awesome on Friday night at Union Pool in Williamsburg. If you’re around, go see them.
MP3: 1990s – Cult Status
Cookies is out in the UK on May 28 and in the US on July 31. 1990s play Union Pool on Friday, April 6.