Saturday at the newly reopened Brooklyn Night Bazaar, showcased the emphatically charged, greasy haired rock band, The Britanys. These Brooklyn based heartthrobs opened up for Ted Leo (best known for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and more recently, The Both, a duo with Aimee Mann). The audience was eager to hear their headliner but The Britanys had the right attitude to capture the audience. They brought great energy and high spirits but unfortunately the night was plagued with many technical difficulties, which made it impossible to enjoy the music.
Right from the start there was feedback in the sound check. When the show started, there was zero volume control and I believe this was due to the person mixing the live sound. When I thought things were smoothing out, the snare drum broke and the drummer, known as Steele, jumped off stage for a quick search and rescue mission. Thankfully he came back quickly with a spare but I thought, “Damn, what a rough start.” I wish I could say at this point it got better, but when the drama was over and we could focus on the music, nothing was audible and the sound just bled everywhere; bouncing off mirrors and walls in the short ceilinged, upstairs room.
I did manage to snag the set list from the bassist who looked charmed that I’d asked, but frankly speaking, there wasn’t a single lyric that I understood. So often we go to shows nowadays and something like this happens: the electric guitars, bass, and drums are so loud that they overpower and swallow up the vocals entirely. This was the case for The Britanys last Saturday night at the Brooklyn Bazaar. And though I can only imagine how these guys must have felt, I commend their effort to endure and continue to totally rock out against all odds.
Article: Tiffany Wilson