I’m experimenting with the Soundrop App for Spotify and Deezer, and have made a Room called Loud Brooklyn, which is what it sounds like. Mostly metal, punk and hardcore. Maybe someone out there will be interested.
After a slow recovery from the show at Saint Vitus the night before, I headed into Manhattan early Saturday afternoon for my first trip to the annual WFMU Record Fair held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th Street. I haven’t been record shopping since my trip to Australia, so I was excited to see what the fair would be like.
On the surface, the fair is pretty incredible. There had to be around 100 vendors selling every type of record at just about every price point. Unfortunately, the fair was so crowded that it made digging for things quite frustrating. Elbow to elbow, sometimes waiting or navigating to and from interesting looking tables or boxes. I guess that’s the nature of this type of event, but I could only last a couple hours before I lost interest in dealing with the packed aisles. I suppose if I had more money to spend it would have been better, but as it turned out I only picked up a handful of interesting bargain records which I’ll post shortly.
Friday night I headed over to Saint Vitus Bar with some friends to check out our pals Black Black Black and No Way open for Whores. This was No Way’s second show with their new singer, and they sounded really solid. I’m digging their mix of angular riffs and pounding rhythms, and can’t wait for them to get a recording out.
Black Black Black has been busy! With a short rust belt tour last weekend, the Saint Vitus show Friday, as well as a recording session this weekend with Andrew Schneider, their momentum is pretty unstoppable right now.
Whores just simply kicked ass to a packed room. I managed to capture the last song of their set on shaky iPhone video from the front of the room. There was a small pit at times, so please excuse the quality there.
This is the last batch of videos I shot at Brewtality Fest.
Witchgrinder reminded me of the thrashier moments from Ministry’s later discography. They put on a great show, but I wish I had recorded the previous song in their set which I liked a bit better. Frankenbok has been around since the late 90s, and as seasoned vets in the scene had a packed house singing along though most of their set. Diprosus are a bit of a younger band, and I really enjoyed the no-frills approach of their songs. Straight to the point and done really well.
Along with The Deep End and Drifter (mentioned earlier), there were a couple additional bands at Brewtality that weren’t as “brutal” as the other bands at the fest.
Melbourne’s The Charge reminded me most of The Muse, and were an interesting contrast to some of the extreme bands that shared the stage at The Bendigo. Perth’s Hailmary play a radio-ready blend of hard rock inspired by equal parts grunge and classic rock. Fellow grunge enthusiasts Audemia wear their influences on their collective sleeves, recalling Soundgarden among others.