The Knitting Factory is like that friend that you won’t see in months, but when you catch up, oh boy, you definitely catch up. So, what if I ran into several puddles and had my hair poof up in what could only look like a mop! I was determined to see Skaters and revisit an old friend, the beloved factory. The Knitting Factory is that intimate venue that has amazing history etched and carved into its walls, from bathroom graffiti to delicious cold beers, this was the place to definitely be on the rainiest night of the week.
I had to smile as I noticed a sticker of a record label with a quote, “Bringing you the delicious forbidden fruit of punk rock,” that along with great company and good drinks can make a night more than memorable.
As the lights lowered, the crowd began to cheer as each band member appeared on stage; Honduras set the tone for the rest of the night. With roaring guitars and insanely awesome hooks, I was completely mesmerized by them. From start to finish, it’s so impossible to stay still; you could feel the bass and drums vibrate through the crowd. It’d be pretty interesting to hear about the origin of the punk haze pop band’s name. Honduras is set to release a debut LP entitled, Rituals, which includes the ever so addicting song “Paralyzed” It’s interesting to say but they reminded me of being 17-18 and lying to my parents and telling them I was at the library studying, when I was really checking out indie rock bands that I found through Myspace, eons ago and ended loving them. Honduras was definitely a solid choice to open. Don’t think about missing out on them!
As the venue started filling up quickly, drinks were refilled for Round 2 and the night just kept getting better and better.
Cold Fronts, indie rock band hailing from Philly; sporting backwards caps, jean jackets, and sports jerseys. Just like Honduras, Cold Fronts got the crowd to move up even closer and dance just a little more. It was truly fun to watch these guys enjoy what they love doing, it was definitely their constants smiles through the show that made it tons better. Cold Fronts recently debuted their album “Forever Whatever” and played songs like “Hurts To Be Away.” This is another band to be smitten with for obvious reasons.
NYC rockers Skaters, walked onstage and the entire crowd went ballistic and started basically melting our brains with awesomeness. They emanate a punk swagger that is rarely seen these days. They recently released a new video, Mental Case, which is endearingly melancholic and be kept on repeat like I have all week. Skaters was formed in 2012 and the rest is history. Their debut album, Manhattan, shares stories of their New York City experiences. Their song, “To Be Young IN NYC” hits really close to home because of my experiences growing up in NYC and reminiscing the days where I have to empty out my purse and gather money for concerts with friends, just like that scene in Broad City. The song that completely won me over was” Deadbolt,” the band and Knitting Factory crew outdid themselves with incredible lighting and audio with strobbing lights each time Cummings screamed into the mic, “Won’t you gimme one more try!!” Michael Ian Cummings’ voice and the drums pulsated feverishly as the show grew incredibly as they played each song. With a bit of an electro touch, they charmed with ” I Wanna Dance ( But I Don’t Know How)” they infused this song with grit danceable beats.
The entire lineup was truly so distinctive. Bands like Honduras, Cold Fronts, and especially SKATERS have given the garage rock and post punk revival scene a really refreshing ad modern twist.
Article: Karen Silva
Photos: Mor Weizman