There are days when all you want to do is go home and reintroduce yourself to your bed and apologize for staying away for so long. But then I hear the old familiar call of a rock show, like when Ron Burgundy gets the call to come back and be an anchor and he blows that conch shell to re-assemble the Channel 9 News Team, and I must obey. Last night I had two very different bands on my plate, but luckily they were playing right next door to each other. First up was a “secret” show from Yep Rock’s the Comas. Their debut Conductor was one of my favorites of 2004. You kind of have to love a band that creates such gorgeous music about an epic break-up. I’ve seen the band live a handful of times, the last of which was at the ‘sup Magazine/Music For Robots BBQ this summer when the band played drummer-less in the hottest venue I’d ever been in. Last night was a quite different show at the new-ish LES venue addition Cake Shop, a venue I love because it reminds me of shows we used to throw in my friends’ parents basements, with the floor slanting down to the stage and the audience inhabiting the same floor space as the band. The Comas played a mix of songs from Conductor intermixed with a smattering of new songs, equally as catchy, gorgeous and potentially memorable as tracks of their debut. They closed out the night with my favorite track, “The Last Transmission,” there’s just something about the way lead Coma Andy Herod screams out “attack attack” at the end of the song that always gets me. Check them out next Friday at another free show at Crash Mansion.
After the Comas wrapped their set, I strolled over to another free show at Pianos for the very un-shoegazery Unisex Salon. Fronted by blond-wig wearing, gorgeous tattoo sporting, L train riding Kenyon Phillips and the gorgeously cooler-than-you Gina Lee, Unisex throw the best rock and roll dance party around. Marrying the best dancetastic moments of the Scissor Sisters, the campy male/female harmonies of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the ta-da showmanship of “Get Happy”-era Judy Garland, Unisex Salon is a band unlike any other in New York. Last night was only the second time I’d seen the band, but god damn they put on a fucking amazing show. Anyone who loves the B-52s, Roxy Music, Blondie, David Bowie or Devo needs to catch this band. They’ll be playing at CMJ on 9.16 at Rare. If all the serious rock has got you down, get your ass over there to check them out.
Who’s ready for a nap?