As rent continues to skyrocket in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, many prominent DIY venues in the area have been forced to close their doors. Ironically, as the borough continues to gentrify, the Brooklyn indie rock scene has never been more vibrant. Luckily, new venues like Aviv on Morgan Avenue are continuing to pop-up and keep the scene alive for up-and-coming indie bands like Whitewash, who headlined at Aviv on Friday night for their album release show.
Based on a vocal minority, the lo-fi faction of the genre is beginning to carry a stigma of reverb-dependent vocals and under-practiced, atonal guitar-work—Whitewash’s spunky repertoire challenges these presumptions. In celebration of the release of Shibboleth, the NYU outfit performed a bombastic set of new material, which is filled with exciting dynamic changes and intriguing song structures that make the band stand out among their peers.
Shibboleth, the band’s first full-length LP, is currently only available on cassette (time to dust-off the tape-deck in your 1998 Subaru Legacy!), but a full-release is due out on May 19th. Check it out on their bandcamp page.
Article: Bobby Lewis