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In comparison with week two, the third installment of Brooklyn's Pool Party series--the free summer concerts held on the Williamsburg waterfront--could be likened to that of an exorcism. Which should come as no surprise when considering the possible outcomes of LA noise-punks HEALTH and banned-in-India garage-rockers Black Lips sharing a bill. In fact, the decibels were so extreme, and the crowd so rabid, one could almost hear the sighs of relief from a most grateful staff of venue security when a lightning storm put the kibosh on Trail of Dead's set.
HEALTH. Theirs is a show of constant movement, knob twiddling, drum pounding, and evidently, VOLUME. The reverb alone rattled more than a few intestines. In between frenetic spaz-outs, guitarist John Famiglietti struck his best stoic, Dee Dee Ramone pose before rotating to the next instrument. Unable to find the sweet spot on his effects pedal, lead vocalist Jake Duzsik surrendered with an audible "fuck it" and continued to pound some sense into his guitar.
It was only apropos that on the brink of a storm, Black Lips took the stage. Before the first song was concluded, the crowd barriers were defiantly pressed up against the stage, as a near riot ensued (just because). At one point, Cole Alexander pulled an Iggy Pop (circa 1970) by walking on the hands of the audience. Is it fair to say he pulled a Pete Townshend when smashing a ukulele passed up from a fan, too? Sure.
Though the show ended before Trail of Dead could play, perhaps the incliment weather was for the best: everyone was spent and the rain came in buckets. Maybe it was some divine intervention, a signal from Unicorns on High saying, "next Sunday, go to mass."
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|Drugs may (or may not) have been involved.|
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Lara Longo is a writer and photographer from Brooklyn, NY. In 1989, Lara received her first CD player and album, Appetite for Destruction; ever since, music is something she has fawned over, hated on, and played loudly. Her work has also appeared in Relix and New York Cool. Lara’s interests include sharks, European television, and the Hammond B3 organ.
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