photos by Chris Gayomali. See more photos HERE.
Sunday's in NYC can be rough, if only because they're either a) reserved exclusively for football, or b) a recovery day that can be used to gauge how fun your Saturday night was (for all intents and purposes of this article, mine was really, really fun). After shaking off a residual hangover and drearily pulling myself out of my third or fourth nap of the day, I made my way into the city to catch the riotous stage shows of Baeble favorites No Age
and Titus Andronicus
After a seemingly endless slew of Brooklyn subway transfers, weekend detours, and angry intersections that'd put Frogger to shame, I navigated my way through the biting nighttime cold of Chinatown searching for a misleadingly named venue called Santo's Party House
(there was neither a house nor a Santo, but there definitely was a party).
The opener was a one-man DIY band from Brooklyn dubbed Soft Circle
. He was kind of like a modern day Bert the Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins, except Asian and sans accordion. His act contained a smorgasbord of music geek gadgetry, consisting of preprogrammed synth pads, guitar pedals, and a full service drum kit that he served to violently decimate for the next half hour over looping instrumentation.
The mood began to pick up as New Jersey based garage-pop rockers Titus Andronicus took the stage...not surprising considering We've seen their act before
. As the curtains opened up, the band stood there with wine glasses raised and toasted to their fans, touring mates No Age, and their idol, Andrew WK, who had played one of TA's all-time favorite shows at the same venue. It was a classy display of appreciation for a five-some who were about to tear the place apart. With amps bumped up to infinite, the band proceeded to spread their infectious energy through a viral combination of spasms, screams, and seizures. At one point, a lovely, American Apparel clad blonde threw a note onstage and asked to be their stage dancer for their last few songs, to which the band obliged. In typical groupie passion, she proceeded to make her slinky presence noticed as much as possible while the band manically crashed through the rest of their set like they sincerely hated their instruments.
Finally, Los Angeles based rock duo No Age came up and continued the trend of eardrum splitting savagery. Guitarist Randy Randall broke a string during the first track, replaced it, and for the next 57 minutes played like a wide eyed 14-year-old jumping around in front of his bedroom mirror. The band managed to rouse the crowd of 20-something-year-old hipsters and incited a mosh pit, making Santo's Party House live up to its namesake by converting the place into a grimy cesspool of scenester sweat, spilled beer, and absolute joy.
Now it's Monday morning and my eardrums are still ringing out of control, but No Age and Titus Andronicus managed to turn my any-given-Sunday into anything but. A highly recommended show fully worth the trek no matter what day of the week it is. - chris gayomali
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Soft Circle on Myspace
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