It was a hard rock Hallowen party last Saturday night when Converse Rubber tracks took over Music Hall of Williamsburg, as fans skipped their lousy costume parties on Halloween night to attend a real party on North 6th Street. Sure John Mayer and Deadheads may have packed The Garden across the river, but the real rock fans were dancing to Chicago’s Twin Peaks and The Orwells, both of whom always make for a great time when in NYC.
One of the last times Twin Peaks were in town, about this time last year, the band literally brought parts of the building down as ceiling pieces began to crumble at Baby’s All Right. Thankfully the larger venue held up this time, but it was no less powerful of a performance from the Chicago rockers. The band mixed up a live playlist of material from 2014’s Wild Onion and 2013’s Sunken. The band’s perfect storm mixture of modern garage rock and 70s punk gives them a highly energetic and refreshing style of rock in songs throughout the set like “I Found A New Way,” “Flavor,” and “Good Lovin’.”
The tradeoff of vocal responsibilities between guitarist Cadien Lake James and bassist Jack Dolan helps keep their sound refreshing between each song. Both of whom represent what a rock and roll performer can and should represent in 2015, that carefree swagger with an attitude to match when the amps are turned to 11.
The Orwells followed up with a loud and electrifying set of their own. Lead by singer Mario Cuomo dressed at The Joker for the night, it seemed pretty appropriate given his pirate-like stage presence dangerously plundering and pillaging his way through each song with each young fan right there with him. Like their fellow Chicago comrades, The Orwells are also still out promoting a 2014 album in Disgraceland. Their set mainly consisted of songs off the album, as the band showcased their raunchy guitar rock in songs like “Gotta Get Down” and “Dirty Sheets.”
Article: Tom Shackleford