Wednesday, April 25, 2007

“Do you wanna play fair...Or should I take what's mine?”

So here I go again slacking off on my reviews. I’m actually home sick today, so I thought I should at least do one entry. A few weeks ago (April 9th) I went to go see the Cold War Kids (CWK) at the Bowery Ballroom. This was there final night in a series of three. The line up on previous nights were Delta Force, Tokyo Police Club (TPC) and then the CWK. However, on the 9th TPC did their own gig out in the city, and we got Elvis Perkins as the second act. Which I was excited about.

Due to my work trip to Orlando, I had to make up my improv class this evening, and so I did not arrive to see Delta Force. Which is unfortunate. My friend Brie saw this show in DC, and said they were fantastic. So now I should do some research and check them out. I came in while Elvis was playing, and ended up hearing a song and a half. I wished I would have gotten there in time to see him perform “Ash Wednesday” my favorite song of his. Elvis Perkins is the son of Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame) and Berry Berenson. His debut album Ash Wednesday was released in February. I hope to see him again live soon. It seemed like he put on a good show.

Elvis Perkins
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“All the Night Without Love”

After Elvis left the stage, we all stood around waiting for the CWK to come out. The crowd seemed fairly young, and people were already started to get rowdy. By the time the boys from Fullerton, CA made their way to the stage the crowd was just ready to explode. As soon as they started playing “Pregnant” the drunk guy by me started jumping around like crazy. I decided to move as soon as his elbow got a little too close to my face. That is one good thing about going to shows alone. You can kind of slide yourself forward. I was on the floor, unfortunately. There was a balcony, but since I had gotten there so late the good spots were taken. But I did manage to find a good spot on the floor.

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The rest of the CWK’s set was from their debut album Robbers and Cowards. Songs like “Hang Me Out To Dry,” “Rubidoux,” and “We Used To Vacation” had the crowd moving and singing along. They even managed to play some new songs and some songs they have not played live before. During their set Nathan Willett kept thanking the crowd and saying that they hardly make it out to NYC, but when they do they always have a good time.

Nathan Willett
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Along side of the stage were the band members’ friends, opening acts, and girlfriends. At one point in time during the show, two of the girlfriends decided to leave what I call “girlfriend row” and join us in the crowd. I don’t think anyone else noticed or cared. Of course they also at one point stood in my way, but soon moved out of the way.

The CWK show was great. And the highlight of the evening was during the encore when they played “Saint John.” Delta Force, Elvis Perkins and his band, and the CWK all got on stage and just rocked it out. It was fabulous.

I did enjoy this show very much. It was a great venue, and the crowd was less obnoxious than some of the other shows I have gone to. The CWK put on an energetic and audience engaging show. I look forward to seeing them again and for years to come.

“Hang Me Up To Dry”

“We Used To Vacation”


Excellent review, as always. Except that the band is Delta Spirit, not Delta Force -- someone has a little too much Chuck Norris on the brain, eh?
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