I like my weekends off to decompress (stay in my comfy pants and watch movies) so I was a bit hesitant about last weekend’s line up. Bands I really wanted to see, but my sofa is real nice. Rock won over my ass this weekend, kicking off on Friday night with LA’s the Adored in town for one night only. I met the Adored boys down at SXSW at V2 label-mates Dogs Die In Hot Cars show and became more than a little smitten when they showed up to hang in the FADER space to see the Ordinary Boys. The Adored show that I caught in Texas was of the day-time variety, so I was anxious to check them out late-nite at Pianos on Friday. First of all, these boys look like a band, and while I know that it’s all about the music, rah rah rah, I don’t want a band in khakis and baseball hats. I want a band in tight sweaters, pseudo suits and tiny jeans and the Adored brought it. They also brought their fantastic brand of Buzzcocks influenced rock. Playing tunes from their V2 released self-titled 5-song EP, which actually features Pete Shelley doing some guest vocals, and a smattering of songs presumably on the upcoming full length, Adored front man Ryan danced his way through the Friday night set. Stand out tune “TV Riot” is a bratty, pogo-inducing track that highlights drummer Nat and bass rocker Max’s ability to create a perfect dance track. The shouty sing-along refrain “We’re locked into a television riot,” gives guitar slayer Drew a chance to shout along with Ryan while plowing through a guitar line that marries the pop sound of the Cars with the dirtier tinges of The Jam.
Saturday and Sunday night featured a Canadian invasion at the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge. Paper Bag Records has amassed one of the coolest rosters around and two of it’s finest, Uncut and Controller.Controller opened for Death From Above 1979 both nights of their NYC jaunt. Check Nina Isabella’s pix and review of the Controller.Controller portion of the evening and my fawning over DFA79 in today’s Tripwire. But we do have to talk about Uncut. Their current release, Those Who Were Hung Hang Here, out on PBR, is an interesting combo of the dark, atmospheric guitar rock of Interpol and Joy Division with electronic tinges of Kraftwerk and Goldfrapp. Live, Uncut looses a bit of the subtle electronic elements of the record, but what they lacked in studio tweaking, they made up for in rock ass-kicking. Guitarists Samuel and Ian traded vocal duties while sandwiching Fab-lookalike bassist Derek. “Understanding the New Violence” highlights the droney aspect of the band while “Intentions Change” chugs along, propelled by Jon’s head-bobbing inducing drumming – both songs were high points of both Saturday and Sunday night’s sets. You’d have to ask PBR’s Trevor or Enrique if Uncut is one big penis joke, but check out Uncut’s site, Uncut Canadian Hunks, for 4 tracks from the current release. The tracks are great, but live Uncut is a completely different beast. Check the live action if you’re able and get your hands on these Uncut boys’ well-Hung PBR release.