Just the other day, we found ourselves over on Delancey Street in downtown NYC. After driving down the oh-so-busy and somewhat infamous Canal Street, we ended up at our destination…The Bowery Ballroom. For those of you who do or don’t know, it’s an intimate music venue the houses a max capacity of about 550 people. No matter where you’re standing, you’re really not that far from the stage, and if you’re with us…then you’re probably right on the stage or just a few steps back.
The night got kicked off by these two dudes called “Apps.” I’m not really sure how to categorize their music, but it was like Beastie Boys meets synth beats meets Switchfoot meets The Used (I know, that’s exactly what I said too..whoa). They performed for about 45 minutes, then hung up their mics and walked off stage like they were never there.
The second group of artists to hit the stage were called “Tiny Victories.”
These guys came from Brooklyn and they killed it. Equipped with a 6-piece drum kit, a digital drum kit, a table wrapped with led lights topped with synthesizers, and a few microphones…they had all they needed. They’re music is really easy to listen to, and REALLY easy to get absorbed in. You ever listen to something and sort of find yourself pulled into the music and out of real life for a few minutes? Well, pretty much everything they played had that effect, but it was awesome. Tiny Victories was definitely in it to win it tonight.
And now, Neon Trees…
The Bowery was sold out in a matter of minutes for good reason; and there’s no way of mistaking their prescence with frontman Tyler Glenn on the mic. The mood of their music is so energized and different from anything else out there. Rock n’ Roll isn’t dead…Fame is.
Being at a Neon Trees concert literally feels like you’re stepping back into the 80′s. For those of you who were born after the 80′s, I recommend you see these guys and get a taste of what music should be like before Justin Bieber came around.
Back to where they left off…
It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve had the chance to attend and shoot a Neon Trees concert, and as usual, we can’t wait until next time.
Fame. Is. Dead.