Last Thursday, I returned to Music Hall of Williamsburg, albeit for a very different show than the one a couple days before. I missed the first opener, Elks, but arrived to catch Liquor Store. The foursome's bottom-heavy grooves were unrelenting, forming the backbone of a set that emphasized rhythm and power stances over vocals.
Ninjasonik - last seen on a magical summer day two years back - were the unlikely bridge between two rock bands. The mischievous rap trio of Reverend McFly, Telli Gramz and DJ Roofeeo unleashed vulgar rhymes that were more absurd than aggressive (Sample title: "Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant"). The two rappers spent a good chunk of time down with the crowd, flipping out and, um, handing me wet, black objects.
MP3: Ninjasonik - Tight Pants
MP3: Ninjasonik - Holla For A Dolla
Jeff the Brotherhood are Jack and Jamin Orrall, actual brothers from Nashville who play grungy, garage-y rock. It's pretty straightforward stuff: drums, guitar, vocals, although they would receive a little help from a backing track, an alien and a monkey. The lean setup allowed for a fluid, impressive sequence of songs, and crowd was in an absolute frenzy, crashing into one another up front, crowd surfing and stage diving. It's been a while since I've witnessed such energy at an indie rock show - I might have to go back to the heydays of McCarren Pool - and it was quite a blast.
Grab "Diamond Way" below, via RCRD LBL.
Here's a new song from the show.
Rest of the photos after the jump. More at BrooklynVegan.
Jeff the Brotherhood