Notes On A Show | CRUSHED OUT, CRAZY & THE BRAINS, FERAL FOSTER, WILD BORE, SAVANTS @ PALISADES
WORDS | Moeima Dukuly Photos | Carly Sioux
WHO: Savants, Wild Bore, Feral Foster, Crazy & The Brains with headliners Crushed Out
WHEN: Saturday, September 27 2014
WHERE: Palisades in THE BUSH. Also known as Bushwick, Brooklyn.
THE SITUATION: Unmarked no frills venue on Broadway not far from the train. $5 at the door for the show. Beers are hella cheap (hover around 4 bucks if you're feeling cheap like me and getting your Tecate on), bar is one step up from the situation you've probably got going on in your kitchen at home (picture a fridge + liquor bottles on top of said fridge). Bar/door people are chill. Venue is popular with those on the Brooklyn scene but the sound SUCKS. No exaggeration, so don't judge a band you see here too harshly. More than once feedback made my teeth grind and vocals from bands were spotty at best. If you get annoyed head to the taco truck 2 blocks away and eat your feelings.
THE CROWD: Hipster. Duh. Not the sort looking to impress either.
Ok - so I'm a jerk and constantly late to things so I came in on Savants' last song. :( But - I've known about them for some time and their music set a great tone for the night. They keep it loose. Smooth sounds, simplistic vocals that are cooly confident without being overbearing. A tambourine that doesn't make you wanna want to jump into the East River. If you're not into more laidback tunes you might be privy to stray during their set, but they can get lively - but the one song I did catch was the perfect appetizer for a easy Saturday night.
A sound that is so guttural it can only inspire fear or excitement. Having seen Wild Bore twice before, I can tell you that that sound shakes the core no matter the equipment. With a rhythmic lull of bass married to a thumping drumbeat - and unnerving vocals - this is the space between wild and boring. I wanna live here forever.
Feral is right. Folk gristle is what I'd best describe the sound of FF. Was especially tough to be unbiased here, with sound sucking as bad as it did. Heavily country (daresay, bluegrass) influence with vocals tingeing on a surly, moody vibe. Bluesy, and melodramatic. Would go check them out at another venue.
CRAZY & THE BRAINS
Um. Stage Presence much? I don't know - wasn't a hundred percent about the band and oh you know - by that time my ears were bleeding from the tragic sound situation, I might have mentioned before. Nasally vocals plus feedback is a plate of hot mess. But they brought the energy and people were into it. So there's that.
Celebrating the release of their latest album,Teeth, the headlining duo brought it and clearly are magic because the sound didn't as awful as with the past 4 acts. Crushed Out is pretty lovely actually - an energetic sort of honky-tonk vibe with really great drums and even a dash of maracas here and there. My feet didn't stop moving and tapping throughout their set. Good times.
The Verdict: A strong lineup of indie acts that complimented each other well, leading up to a nice finish with Crushed Out. As for the venue, Palisades is just fine for your run of the mill live music venue, except for the dropping the ball on the one job they should focus on - sound. Being that they have a steady flow of talented bands that play there, they might wanna work that out.