Photos by G.
Ssion! If you don’t know this dance/punk performance art collective and band from Kansas City, you’d better put them on your radar immediately… but only if you enjoy seeing a band that will keep you dancing all night while you watch extremely trippy visuals on the screens behind them as they perform tracks that are both funky and rockin’. Lead by Cody Critcheloe, Ssion (pronounced “shun”) played the first of 3 nights at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in Queens. Ssion is previewing new tracks from their upcoming album “Bent,” which will be released in July, 2011. Cody Critcheloe is a little bit Freddie Mercury, a little bit Jake Shears and a whole lot of entertaining! He danced all night long, and had drag queens and cross dressers dancing on stage with him to make the evening more wild. Perhaps best of all, Casey Spooner of Fisherspooner was a special guest and he welcomed the Spring to New York by wearing slightly more than a smile (see a picture after the jump).
The crowd was dressed to the nines and the museum was packed. One thing was clear – everyone was there for one reason only: to have a great time. This show is definitely a contender for one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2011. It combined art and music perfectly and was fun from start to finish. If you missed this show, it is a pity, but you have two more chances to catch Ssion at PS1. They’ll be performing on May 14 and 15, 2011 and you can get tickets in the link above. The show begins around 9 pm and I highly recommend you see it.
See more pictures after the jump including Casey Spooner wearing very little and the gratuitous armpit hair shot of Cody(for my gays), the set list and a photo from my backstage encounter with Cody Critcheloe.
After the show, I went backstage to talk with Cody Critcheloe. As expected, he was super cool. I got the chance to tell him how much I enjoyed the show. I (@according2g) follow Ssion on Twitter (@sscion) and I advised Cody that I’d tweet him some photos (sending this link soon, Cody!) Can I get a retweet?! 🙂 You can’t see it in the photo below, but he was just hanging out backstage in boxer shorts, which really was a perfect end to a perfect evening. I can tell you one thing, I am seeing Ssion every chance I get – and you should too!
Thanks Cody! See you soon!