SKATERS Grind Bowery Ballroom with Post-Punk Party [7/19/13]

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 at 11:20 am by
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SKATERS brought the noise to the Bowery Ballroom this past Friday night, a show that, according to Twitter, Albert Hammond Jr. (of the Strokes) was allegedly in attendance to see.

The Manhattan-based post-punk band eased into their set with a fog machine and a chilled out Sublime vibe with syncopated beats, but steadily built up a fervor that turned frenzy when it came time to play their single “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How),” about halfway through. It was an energy that maintained til the end of the show – not an easy feat, considering their debut LP isn’t out yet. We didn’t recognize many of the songs, but what we heard was solid, particulary the second side of the show. SKATERS taps into a variety of sounds, but their faster-paced stuff won the feisty crowd over easily.

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The intermission before the encore treated us to a “Don’t Stop Believing” Journey soundbite and a visit from the “Welfare Santa Claus,” who tossed band swag to the reeling crowd. Beer, bodies and beach balls flew through the air. Silly string shot out of aerosol cans and the wooden floor of the Bowery Ballroom bounced as emphatically as the band played. A racuous good time.

We were unable to catch up with the band and cash in on that kiss we were promised, but in the bedlam we managed to pass along a Boogie sticker.

When our head finally hit the pillow that night, it was with the satisfaction of having been to an awesomely fun party. Catch these guys live if you have a chance.

Set List

Fear of Knife
One of Us
Symptomatic
Deadbolt
Armed
Mel
I Wanna Dance
Nice Hat
Good Weird
Ms. Teen
Schemers
This Much I

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