The unofficial CD release party for Some Record's Walking Concert took place last night at a loft in the meat packing district. Chicks with beards? Overnight's J Rawls getting caught in a Crying Game situation? But seriously, I keed. The man who put NYC hardcore on the map, frontman Walter Schreifels, who's previous bands include Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand and Rival Schools, and his band were the center of attention. Not just the free Rheingold. Setting up their gear in an apartment-style loft turned sweat bath was a good mood setter. Sweating balls before a show makes you anticipate it that much more, good idea Craig Yoz. But as the DJ segued into the band starting up, undeterred fans were ready. Was Walter wearing a sweater vest? Dude, it looks like you took a shower. Loosen up. They kicked off with "Mustang Ford" and into "What's Your New Thing". Both rocking tunes. Giving way to their hardcore roots, the new more mature rock sound is more a nod to Cheap Trick and the Who, as witnessed by their awesome cover of "A Quick One While He's Away". The rest of the band, Jeffrey Johnson [ex-J. Majesty], Ryan Stratton and Drew Thomas [ex-Youth of Today, Into Another and New Rising Sons] were all up for the 8-song commando-style concert, pushing each tune to it's extreme. The stand out track was the crowd inducing "Hands Up!", both musically and in crowd response. Someone have a towel?
Look for Walking Concert on the road in the near future:
11.10.04 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey (formerly Breakroom)
11.11.04 - Portland, OR - Dantes
11.13.04 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
11.15.04 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.17.04 - Silver Lake, CA - Spaceland
11.18.04 - Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar