At the 4Knots Festival, South Street Seaport [7/16/11]

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 at 6:30 am by

Coney Island got the shaft this year – no more Siren Festival after a decade. Behold, 4Knots.

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We arrived at the South Street Seaport on Saturday afternoon just in time for Titus Andronicus to take the stage at the 4Knots Festival, sponsored by the Village Voice. There was definitely a healthy turnout, as hundreds packed the rather narrow pier-cum-mall area. Coming off sets by Mr. Dream, Eleanor Friedberger, and Davila 666, the crowd was perfectly primed, with beer flowing and reefer burning. Once the Andronicus crew plugged in, it was high-energy for forty-five minutes.  And the particularly youthful fanbase ate it up – plenty of moshing and crowd surfing.

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All hell broke loose during their self-titled radio song, originally included on the debut long player The Airing of Grievances. Lead singer Patrick Stickles immediately jumped into the pit and crowd surfed while screaming his heart into the mic. There was even some dude carrying a red price gun during the whole show for some strange reason.  See if you can find him in the video below (where’s Waldo, right?).

Now, for the record, we are huge Black Angels fans, but when they arrived it was a bit of a buzzkill. The energy level dropped a few notches during their headlining performance of droning alt-rock. But they sure as shit brought the noise. Our ears are still ringing. It was all worth it in the end.

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As a fitting post-script, it,s worth noting that Max Fish received some free advertising from this t-shirt.

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