It’s widely accepted that one of the absolute best nights out of the year is Halloween. The calendar provides not one other date in which it is not only socially acceptable, but your responsibility as a red-blooded, flag-waving AMERICAN to parade around intoxicated in a ridiculous outfit; unless you live in Bushwick, that is. I do… but I’m pumped anyway. At least, I am now, because up until today, the lineup for Halloween shows was pretty disappointing.
WE’RE BETTER THAN THAT, BROOKLYN!
That’s why we enlisted our good friend Kristina Tequila to work on putting together the absolute BEST Halloween experience of 2012 for us (us being My Social List and this here blog, FREEwilliamsburg), a show in the industrial-DIY wasteland that is 285 Kent, co-headlined by two of the absolute best post-punk and darkwave bands in the borough, Weekend and Black Marble.
The cause for celebration begins with Halloween and ends with a hotly anticipated record-release, because this “Halloween-ish” event doubles as the album release show for Black Marble, whose dark synth debut LP A Different Arrangement is currently being touted as one of the best minimal-wave records to come out of New York in years.
Later in the night, Brooklyn via-Bay Area band Weekend bring their bass-heavy, San-Fran-garage-influenced take on post-punk to 285’s cavernous yet cozy confines as the headlining act. The trio is hard at work on the follow up to 2010’s Pitchfork-favorite (via 8.2) LP, Sports, a worthy addition to Slumberland’s outright imposing catalogue.
Speaking of Cali-bands relocating to Brooklyn, supporting act Starred must be comfortable here in Brooklyn as one of the newest members of the Pendu Sound cult; their singles garnering glowing reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and Stereogum. Liza Thorn’s vocals are a thing to behold; she of a pedigree that boasts time in a band with ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens.
Alan Watts goes on first shortly after doors, the late, great Altered Zones describing their sound as channeling “alien airwaves through a microwave oven attached to a bus.” John Pena from Heavenly Beat will DJ against a backdrop of messed up psychedelic visuals from Techno Therapy in between sets, ensuring a seamless evening of aphotic auditory and visual indulgence.
Check out the listing for the show on My Social List.
Peter Rittweger of My Social List