This was my first visit to Todd P‘s mostly (totally?) legit venue in East Williamsburg, which has a real bar (still cheap drinks) while still offering that basement party vibe that he’s known for. I wish it was a little more legit — stage lighting would be a plus in my book, but I am old.
I digress. Seattle’s all-girl group The Trucks were my reason for heading out there. Fronted by keyboardists Kristen Allen-Zito and Marissa Moore (both in their skivvies, though with tights underneath), the Trucks are definitely in the pro-femme eletro-indie mode, not unlike Le Tigre but definitely doing their own thing. Most of their songs featured sung/shouted lyrics like "You can’t hate a girl who looks good dancing" and "No I won’t sit nice and be quiet!" As good as The Trucks’ self-titled debut is, and with a fiery, in-your-face live show, I’m a little surprise more hasn’t been written about them. I’d be willing to bet this will change by the time they make it back to NY in October.
The shouting continued with The Deathset, a punky duo who use laptop backing and the kind of drum machines that were probably cutting edge in 1985 making for a sound not unlike Bis, the first Pop Will Eat Itself album or (obscure reference alert) The Sicilian Vespers. It was a seamless, if anarchic, 25 minute set with hip hop snippets thrown in between the short, sharp songs. I thought they were great — and the crowd was going absolutely bananas with even some goodhearted crowd surfing, and absolutely no water balloons.
Also on the bill was Toronto’s DD/MM/YYYY, who jumped around a lot, especially the bassist who did a lot of purposeful backward leaps flat on his lumbar region. It looked painful to me, but I guess when you have socialized medicine you don’t worry as much about injuring yourself. Like all the bands that night, DD/MM/YYY had endless enthusiasm which made up for the general sloppiness of the set. There were times when it jelled — the band occasionally has two drummers and that worked really well with their polyrythmic indie rock.
MP3: DDD/MM/YYYY – Imagine!
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I missed openers Team Robspierre and didn’t stick around for S-S-S-Spectres, though after their profile on Idolator today, maybe I shoulda toughed it out. They’ll be back.