(Photo Credit: Marcus Lauer)
Patrick Stickles is pretty bummed about 30 Rock coming to an end tonight, and he’s not alone. Aside from that brief moratorium towards the tail end of Titus Andronicus’ suddenly scheduled show at Brooklyn Bowl, last night’s raucousness level could be judged in the typical style; just how much sloshed beer ended up on your shoes. I can smell the stale Brooklyn Lager from my desk.
While LeBron James dazzled new Nets faithful towards the back of the room at the bar, the fleshed out live lineup of Pop Zeus took the stage to open things up. The project of bandleader and Williamsburg native Mikey Hodges, Pop Zeus sampled from their tremendous, eponymous debut LP. The band’s power-pop-rock style is undeniably evocative of the shimmering guitar work done by The Cure at their most enthusiastic, which set the evening on an immediately heightened pace.
Up next were the Tuckerton, NJ based rock and or rollers The Everymen who serve as a shining example to all on-the-rise, nearly ten member strong bands out there. No gimmicks, no chaser, no bullshit “Hey, Ho’s” to lean on. The collective brought an E Street level energy to the rapidly filling room as frontman Mike V held sway like the Boss-man himself, leading the band through material off of New Jersey Hardcore and some well executed covers including, yes, a Bruce Springsteen cut. The Everymen are gunning for the best house-party band slot in New Jersey and beyond, and they are well on their way as evidenced in last night’s tight, skillful showing.
As the house lights went up on The Everymen, there was a general admission push towards the stage typically reserved for larger arena shows where the consequences of being unaware may leave you with a worse vantage point than you literally bargained for. So it came as little surprise that when the newly minted Titus Andronicus stepped onto the stage, the sweaty, cyclical mosh pits opened up and maintained from the first note to the last. Playing well past 11, Stickles and co. showcased a healthy blend of new Local Business cuts and beloved favorites. Lead single “In A Big City” thumps with an extra fist-pumping energy in the live setting while “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus” swung in an up-tempo punk which had the majority of the audience screaming “built to last” and “thrown away” right back in unison.
The Airing of Grievances mid-album classic “Titus Andronicus” now plays as the perfect mid-act, bounce off the walls inducer as the band only briefly segued into their slower, sadder songs. As Stickles made it a point to thank everyone that had had a hand in the evening or Titus Andronicus’ success, the dazed chords signaling “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” promised that even though we were all surrounded by a strong mass of rebel-rousers, that we would “always be a loser”.
Driving home with Cool Dad Music in the middle of a relentless rainstorm with reverb ruminating in my brain and the lower Manhattan skyline dazzling in the background, I never felt more pleased to be among the losers.
All Photos Courtesy of Marcus Lauer (www.hereforthebands.com)