Photos by G.
It’s rare to attend a triple bill concert and enjoy all three bands, but such a feat was pulled off when I saw Jeane, Pond and Oberhofer live at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on March 21, 2012. The show began around 8:30 with Brooklyn’s Jeane taking the stage. The alt-rock band features Paul Dally on lead vocals and his voice sounds to me a bit like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) mixed with Ian Curtis (Joy Division) and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes). By the end of their set, it was obvious they had won the crowd over.
Australia’s Pond was up next and I had been very excited to see their debut performance in New York for quite some time. Two of the members of Pond are in the band Tame Impala, a band that I am in love with. Pond did not disappoint and while Tame Impala has a psychedelic rock sound, Pond is equally as talented, but with a prog-rock sound instead. Lead singer Nick Albrook, who plays bass in Tame Impala was all over the stage and it appeared that after the glowing reviews of Pond’s performance at SXSW, perhaps the bulk of the sold out show was there to see Pond. One of the members of Pond told the crowd how happy they were to be playing for us and then he asked us “how us cunts were doing.” Nick Albrook, who has played many times in America, said “you are not allowed to say that word in public in America.” Then he paused, and said “cunt” in the mic. I couldn’t stop laughing.
Before the Pond set was over, there was stage diving and then the band members were messing around with each other by trying to knock their gear over. You could tell they had as great of a time as the audience did.
Just before 11 pm, the main attraction Oberhofer took the stage. Lead singer Brad Oberhofer is 21 years old, but age matters not when it comes to rock and roll and that’s exactly what Oberhofer did – rock! Oberhofer already started out the day on a high note as they performed on the David Letterman show earlier in the afternoon. Brad Oberhofer told the crowd that they are at two places at once at the very moment that the Letterman program was airing on TV. Oberhofer’s music is pop/punk and Brad was dancing all over the stage, jumping off the drum kit and rockin’ for the crowd. His showmanship made it almost hard to believe that he is only 21 years old, but if he is this good at this age, imagine how great he will be in a few more years!
The crowd did not leave after Pond’s set and in fact, there was a full out dance party and crowd sing-a-long during Oberhofer’s performance. The disco ball with trippy lights was present throughout the evening and it made a great time even better. It was definitely one of the better shows I’ve been to in recent memory, but as always with me, the night didn’t end there….
After the show was over, I hung out with Brad Oberhofer backstage and what a nice guy he is! He asked my name, which of course is Geoffrey. It turns out that Geoffrey (same spelling too!) is his brother’s name. Great minds think alike! Thanks for a great night Brad and as I told you in person, I wish the sun moon and stars for you and I have no doubt that you’ll reach those heights!