Un, Deux, Trois, Cat! The Limiñanas + Gaz Gaz + The Gytters | Death by Audio | 8.17.2011

Death by Audio, one of Williamsburg’s longest running DIY spaces, is probably the perfect place to catch a couple French garage rock bands. It’s one of the few clubs in New York where you still leave smelling like an ashtray. I know it’s a stereotype but smoking and the French do pretty much go hand-in-hand. A lot more so than rock music and the French, though both The Limiñanas and Gaz Gaz proved that not all clichés hold true.

Mind you, both bands’ brand of rock n’ roll was as influenced by Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc as it was the Velvet Underground and The Seeds. It’s when French bands try to sound American that it falls flat like a bad soufflé. Here we got lyrics spoken in cigarette-scarred baritone, melodicas, and a new wave cool that cannot be faked.

This was a two car garage, different makes and models from the same manufacturer. Gaz Gaz were of the caveman beat / party rock variety, not afraid to have fun, even braking out kazoos for “Iodine Summer Dream.”

When their set ended, the band changed into all-black clothing and there was some instrument switching, and a minimal drumkit (kick, snare, tom) was brought to the front of the stage. Lio and Marie Limiñana joined the rest of them and morphed into The Limiñanas. I was a little worried they wouldn’t be able to follow Gaz Gaz’s high-energy set, but once everyone settled into The Limiñanas’ motorik groove, it all hypnotic effortless cool from there.

MP3: Gaz Gaz – Faster (buy it)
MP3: The  Limiñanas – Funeral Baby (buy it)

Both The Limiñanas and Gaz Gaz play again tonight in NYC at Cake Shop with fellow Trouble in Mind artist The Wrong Words. Go see this show! They also play Columbus, OH tomorrow (8/19) and Lafayette, MO on Saturday (8/20).

There were American bands on the bill too. The Gytters are have only played a handful of shows but have figured out their sound, a twangy take on ’90s indie rock. Southern-fried Sebadoh? Maybe. They’re pretty good. (And, full disclosure, they’re friends of mine.) In addition to their own very catchy songs, we got a slightly shambolic take on Squeeze’s “Up the Junction.”

MP3: The Gytters – Dialed In (more at Bandcamp)

It was around that point in The Gytters’ set when I couldn’t help but notice a woman behind me dancing up a storm. I turned around briefly and immediately did a double-take: it was Frances McDormand who had, apparently, wandered in off the street. Randomest celebrity sighting ever. (Popjew, who booked the show, has more on her blog.) Maybe she’d come from seeing Buck at nearby Indiescreen or maybe dinner at uberhip new restaurant Isa? Who can say, but she didn’t stick around for the French portion of the evening. Her loss.


  1. This is definitely one of my favorite singles of 2011 essay writing. Their debut album, To the Death of Fun, is out next week on Bella Union. The whole thing is quality.

  2. All you need to do now is head over to to learn exactly how to utilize this beneficial info in the most appropriate way, plus do it quick in a functional method.
    In order to get also more details on this subject issue, you
    ought to head to to look at what they’ve got available. While this post makes a terrific leaping off
    factor, if you truly would like to get an education and learning in the issue, you will certainly require to go to
    and go with the details there.

    My homepage … whatsapp for Nokia x2

  3. That is in completely chance the selfsame outdo clause that always crown of thorns my reference.
    I don’t get wind wherefore anybody ought to discord. It Crataegus laevigata be too simpleton #for them# to apprehend…at any rate upright puzzle out i am approaching
    hind redress here for Superfluous Nice Englut!!

  4. av hire – CVS International is recognized as one of the UK's leaders in short term hire for Audio visual hire, Drape hire

  5. Thank you so much for providing these online essay writing books and content writing reviews for our school students. So, we need to give these all services and write top essays in this website. Thanks for sharing this information.

  6. First off I would like to sayy fantastic blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to
    ask if you do not mind. I was interested too find out how you center yourself
    and clear your heead prior to writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I trily do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out hoow to begin. Any recommendations or hints?

    Appreciate it!

  7. Link exchange iis nothong else however it is simply placing
    the other person’s weblog link on your page att suitable place and other personn
    will also do same for you.

  8. I am genuinely thankful to the ownerr of this web site who has
    shared this wonderful paragraph aat at this place.

  9. What i do not understood is in truth how you are
    not actually much more smartly-favored than you might be right now.You’re so intelligent.
    You recognize thus significantly with regards to this topic, made me personally believe it from numerous various angles.
    Itts like women aand men are not involved except it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga!

    Your personal sstuffs great. All thee time
    take care of it up!

  10. Excellent post. I used to bbe checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired!

    Verry helpful information specially the closing section 🙂 I deal with such information much.

    I used to be seeking this particular information for a long time.

    Thank yyou and good luck.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *