For the second night of our showcase with Defalco Presents at Brooklyn Night Bazaar we turned to some hard hitting bands to fill the evenings impressive bill.
First up was the Whiskey Bitches and their straight up – no-nonsense – punk songs. Having seen this trio a handful of times in the last few months, it was predictable that I was singing along to songs about cookies and whiskey with a fervor while taking photos. On stage, Madge easily belts out her handcrafted lines while ripping at her 6 string while Kate thumps all over the power riffs with nasty bass-lines. The drummer was a fill in for the evening but didn’t miss a beat as seen is this video.
Second on the Bazaar’s stage were the rockers, Youngman Grand, who played at one of our first showcases early in 2014. Immediately they threw down a set full of crunchy guitars that was drenched in reverb and feedback. Led by Daniel Sparks with his flying V they powered through their set-list easily and had the early crowd grooving and wanting more. For three guys, they made a shit-load of sound that filled the room as seen here.
The “middle child” of the evening may have been the sleeper of the night as most often happens to the poor kids born between other siblings but showed they had much to offer. The Big Sleep, an ominous name if I may say, came to the stage armed with a few synths, drums guitar and bass and blew me away with this pure instrumental jam of epic distorted proportions. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I tend to get uncomfortable when the stage is adorned with multiple keys and or synth instruments as I’m an old rocker, but man, I read this cover wrong and really dug this band.
Walking Shapes took the stage next and threw down of the most energetic and off the wall sets of the year of us here at P&W. Their songs were catchy with plenty of great guitar leads, powerful bass hooks and great vocals. Nathaniel Hoho is one of those lead singers that you not dare take your eyes off of; whether your a lady who thinks his combination of good looks and incredible voice make for a suitable partner or you’re a music fan that appreciates the effort he puts forth while singing…either way it’s gold. By the end of their set, the near capacity room was awed by an amped up Hoho, who climbed the stacks (speakers) and then proceeded to swing across the stage’s rigging on the ceiling, all the while never missing a beat singing. This is a band on the rise and should not be missed, catch this live video of the guys ripping it up here.
As midnight struck, the last band of the night emerged in Devin. They ambled onto the stage and with them brought a great vibe and layered rock tunes. The four piece band could of easily said “How do we top that last act?” but instead motored through their brand of catchy rock with ease and conviction as seen here. They had a style reminiscent of early grunge bands with a modern twist had the bazaar bopping around until the night gave way to the Brooklyn skies.
Article by: Shayne Hanley