G Meets The Futureheads!

Posted by The G on June 9, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photos taken with my hand.

The Futureheads lead singer Barry Hyde and G.

Moments after The Futureheads’ rocking set at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on June 8, 2010, I met the band.  They were all extremely nice!  2010 is set to be a big year for the English rockers as their new album “The Chaos” is taking the music world by storm.  I wish them all the best and I expect to see “The Chaos” on my year-end best albums list.

The Futureheads' bassist and backing vocals David "Jaff" Craig and G.

The Futureheads' guitarrist and backing vocals Ross Millard and G

The Futureheads' drummer David Hyde and G.

Jim Joe tags The Static Jacks Tour Van!

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Photos by G.  “Art” by Jim Joe.

Jim Joe on Bowery.

I’ve been seeing street artist Jim Joe’s work for a few months now all over New York.  Initially, my feelings were mixed.  It’s not very complicated, but you have to respect the work of someone who brands their propaganda in risky places.  Clearly, Jim Joe was all over the Lower East Side yesterday night as I counted about 6 fresh tags on my way home from a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

After the New Jersey based band The Static Jacks played a triumphant set opening for The Futureheads at the Bowery Ballroom on June 8, 2010, the band was loading their gear into their tour van only to find the van had been tagged by Jim Joe!  My world of music and street art had collided!  Though the band was visibly upset, they were cool enough to pose with their newly graffitied van to show the world what they think of Jim Joe.

The Static Jacks vs. Jim Joe.

FYI, Jim Joe – the band carries a Louisville Slugger bat and they are not afraid to use it.  It should be interesting to see what happens in this music vs. street art scandal.  Jim Joe’s work is available everywhere and The Static Jacks’ EP “Laces” is out now.

The Like live at Bowery Ballroom

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Elizabeth "Z" Berg of The Like

What do you get when you take the best bits of The Bangles and mix them with the Go-Go’s?  The answer is Los Angeles based band The Like.  The Like opened for The Futureheads at a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on June 8, 2010.  Dressed in 60’s go-go outfits, the band played a solid 40 minute set that had elements of the “girl group” sound as well as 60’s psychedelia, 80’s new wave and a bit of punk thrown in for good measure.  I really liked The Like (which ironically is one of their EP names – “I Like the Like”).  For the Prince fans reading this, you might already be familiar with the band’s 2005 debut album “Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?” as it was produced by our beloved Wendy Melvoin of Wendy and Lisa.  Their songs are short and to the point and if you like any of the genres or bands I’ve mentioned in this review, I like to think you’ll like The Like too.  Say that ten times fast!

See more pictures of The Like as well as the set list after the jump.

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The Static Jacks live at Bowery Ballroom

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Ian Devaney of the Static Jacks

New Jersey’s finest, The Static Jacks crossed the bridges and tunnels to open for The Futureheads at a sold out show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on June 8, 2010.  They are an indie-rock band, with a little bit of soul, a little bit of punk, a lot of hand claps and a whole lot of fun to see live.  Lead singer Ian Devaney was all over the stage, and his energy was very inspiring. They played songs off their new EP “Laces,” and both myself and the crowd were liking what we heard.  At one point when The Static Jacks played a track off “Laces,”  Ian Devaney announced “If you like this song, it’s on our album.”  When they played a new track next, he said “if you don’t like this song, don’t worry, it’s not on the album, so get it!”  I am a big fan of suggestive selling.  I talked with the band after the show and they were all really cool and even though they had a fantastic show, their tour van was tagged by graffiti artist Jim Joe while the band was performing!  The band was cool enough to pose with their vandalized ride and a photo of that is coming soon.  Don’t worry guys, we’ll find the culprit!

Until then, see more pictures of The Static Jacks after the jump.

Also, you can download a free mp3 of “My Parents Lied,” by going to their official website.

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The Futureheads live at Bowery Ballroom

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Barry Hyde of the Futureheads

On June 8, 2010, England’s The Futureheads played a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.  Blog confession:  When I arrived at the show, I had never heard one note of their music.  I like their name, I liked the posters I saw around town and I had read that Pitchfork raved about their latest album “The Chaos” which was just released on June 1, 2010.  The Futureheads did their job as rockstars by turning me into a fan!  I loved what I heard and I had a great time.  They’ve been releasing albums since 2003 and their music is punk.  They got their name from a Flaming Lips album entitled “Hit To Death In The Future Head.”  Every song was fast and upbeat and the civilized crowd loved every second.  Absent from the show was pushing and shoving, drunken assholes trying to push their way to the front and myself getting crushed to death by standing in the front row!  Hooray!  Lead singer Barry Hyde had a sore throat, but instead of canceling, the show went on and he and his band mates rocked New York!  They played a lot of stuff off their latest album, including the title track “The Chaos,” “Jupiter,” “Struck Dumb,” and “I Can Do That.”  One of my favorites of the night was their cover of Kate Bush’s “Hounds Of Love.”  I stopped by the merch table on the way out and got a copy of “The Chaos” and the band was kind enough to autograph it for me afterwards.  All 4 members were extremely nice.  Photos of my encounters with The Futureheads coming soon.  If you are looking for a fun and fresh summer album with a nice edge, check out “The Chaos.”

See more images of The Futureheads as well as the set list after the jump.

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