It had been altogether too long since I'd just gone out to a random punk show, thrown a few back, and rocked the eff out. After all, it was being able to do this exact sort of thing on the reg that brought me to Williamsburg in the first place, and this show reminded me why I need to get back into doing that shit more often.
My first time seeing a show at Grand Victory, and my first time inside the building since Bruar Falls closed a couple years ago. On the other hand, I'm very much familiar with The Netherlands, who I saw three times in 2010 but hadn't seen since, for no reason in particular. Their Fantasmatic album, which I got when the band handed it out for free after their April '10 Knitting Factory show, got many spins for me, in particular the songs "Smash, Crash" and "The Gogo Dancer" (see above for my iPhone vid). The lineup of the band has turned over since then with the exception of guitarist / vocalist / songwriter / main man Timo Ellis, whose impressive list of past collaborations speaks for itself.
How to describe The Netherlands' sound? Well, the first act that comes to mind is the Melvins, but then again, what exactly do the Melvins sound like? (Anyone who says Lysol, Prick, Stag, The Crybaby, Colossus of Destiny, and Nude With Boots sound alike is a goddamned liar). So, maybe that's actually an apt comparison for The Netherlands as well, since they cover so many bases under the overstuffed umbrella of "metal." If you've never heard them before, check out the videos in this post and you'll get a good idea - pummeling riffs, virtuosic guitar, and occasional Rob Halford-esque screams.
Their set on this night contained all of that good stuff, previewing several songs from their new album, which they'll be releasing October 29th. Geeked out a little bit to the drummer after their set / seemed like a good dude. Look at the bottom of this post for the seizure-inducing video for "Tabitha," the first track off of said upcoming album.
Headliners Low Fat Getting High are a band that I'd never heard of before the afternoon of this show, but I checked out their recent EP on Bandcamp, and shit sounded like these guys would be likely candidates to put on an entertaining set. Their style is grungy, garagey punk, played loud and fast, A/K/A exactly what the generally limp-wristed Williamsburg "scene" needs more of. Fun as hell, and the intrepid few of us who stuck around to catch their set were rewarded with a great soundtrack for beer drinkin' and rockin' out. Check out a couple crappy iPhone videos I shot at the show:
Fuckin' fuck yeah. According to OhMyRockness, Low Fat Getting High's next show is at Shea Stadium on the 15th, and The Netherlands' drummer mentioned to me that they'll have a show coming up later in the month as an album release show. Most importantly, get off your ass every now and then and support the few Brooklyn bands that actually rock.