The Truth about Mission of Burmas Fling with Morex Optimo!
A real concert night out at Greenpoint's Warsaw last Friday with American Ueberpunk legends Mission of Burma. Heather kinda insisted we're all coming, so the whole gang showed up although they asked for 20 bucks at the door, which usually disqualifies a show from an entry in this blog. Mission of Burma deserve an exception for two good reasons: They are real and they played for more than two hours, plus it was only getting better the longer they went. Initial sound problems didnt matter so much anymore and you could see how many bands are inspired by them guys, first of all Morex Optimo. What amazed me most: Guitar player Roger Miller chooses to play behind his amp, which is placed in front of him, front left. he is shielded from the drums by a glass paravent and uses no monitors whatsoever. no. no headphones either. Wierd, but dude, they rock and a lot of other old guys should take Mission of Burma for an example of how you reunite in style. Chapeau!
Up close and personal for over two rocking hours: Reunited Mission of Burma, The real deal.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
All glitter and white, but deep and rootsy, too: the debut show for The Snow, the great Hil and Pierre, of Melomane fame at East River Bar, Williamsburg. Beautiful, tender folkpop with charming harmonies / the right start for the "Who needs the Hamptons" party given by Room. Hear music by The Snow at their siteand become their friends.
Kristofer and Heather hinted at what Morex Optimo were working on in the studio these last months. Word has it that the record is out soon and will feature just about everything from Fruitflies to Gutterpunk. Read more about it soon on the Morex Website.
No guitar and no drums, the gentlemanly piano man Paul Wallfisch and bass wonderboy Bongers of euro-touring-bigtime-breaking Botanica showed their immense sense of rhythm and sound while bringing out the beauty of Paul's songs by giving them space. Mr. Wallfischs stage persona fitted the great crowd and the atmosphere at East River very well! Read more about Botanicas new LP at their website.
All too rarely we hear the beautiful voice of Kerry Kennedy, here with Roman performing the swiss folk ballad "Beaches Apart". The former Blue Spark Kennedy has not only been playing as multiinsturmentalist with various bands, including Overlord and NV, on keyboards, guitar, vox and bass, but has also set up her own studio where she is working on her first eagerly awaited solo album.
Let's hear it for Room in the Words of one of Williamsburgs true punk rockers, Full Tank's Halona: "Play with full tank and other punks, goddammit. i'm gonna get hoppin' mad if you don't make a show together happen, roman, you know it's true! ...you made my night tonight. happy b-day again, jan, you youth you!" Thanks - We'll be playing together there in September, promised. If you want to be a friend of Room, visit them at their Room.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Be one step ahead of everybody else and celebrate this years 4th of July one day early at East River Bar in Williamsburg, the place to be this summer. Again, theres Room for everyone, especially our guests, the mysterious Dylar with one of their ultra rare pop experiments and The Snow, a duo which should be just as famous as the White Stripes, but just doesn't have the time. The show starts at 9pm, East River Bar is on South 6th Street btw. Bedford and Berry. FREE.