I've got a weeks worth of posts from CMJ, other shows and Europe posts. Let light this candle!
At the BrooklynVegan daytime showcase at Brooklyn's Public Assemby, there was a who's who of establish acts and upstarts. I think it was a daytime because the windowless backroom made it feel like 2am.
I caught the always intense Times New Viking in the main room and then headed over to the backroom see Brighton, UK's Shrag make their U.S. debut. I must admit I had not heard of them before the marathon, so more the reason to them.
Like fellow post-punk, ultra-poppy Love Is All, Shrag make twitchy-off-kilter music that's bouncey and believable. You have high-pitched lead singer Helen King leading the yelps and shouts against harsh guitars and a heavy bass line. Not everything is peppy in the Shrag world, many songs have a slow, dark and angry mood. On "The Habit Creep", Helen speaks out of rage backed by a deep bass groove. You'll find that tune as well as the crowd pleaser, "A Certain Violence" and their latest release, Life! Death! Prizes!
After seeing their set, I made a b-line to the merch table to pick up a copy. As much as they resemble Love Is All and Comet Gain, I still found their energy appealing. You can either bounce around to their uptempo tracks and slowly knod your head to their more somber, moody tunes.
After Shrag, I caught one of the 12 CMJ performances from Oberhofer. Yawn. Wake me when you don't sound like Wavves stupid cousin.