Review: Male Bonding live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on August 30, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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John Arthur Webb of Male Bonding

John Arthur Webb of Male Bonding

I love Male Bonding!  The British rockers are back!  Male Bonding (formerly a trio and now a quintet) celebrated the release of their new album “Endless Now” by playing at New York’s Mercury Lounge on August 29, 2011.  The show began at 10 pm with an opening set from Texas pop/rockers Love Inks.  Male Bonding hit the stage at 11 pm and didn’t stop rockin’ all night long!  Their songs are typically short and sweet but also fast and furious.  Lead singer John Arthur Webb kicks ass on guitar and lead vocals.

Robin Christian of Male Bonding

Robin Christian of Male Bonding

Drummer Robin Christian is just a killer on the drums.  He can play really fast and knows how to get the crowd dancing and thrashing about.  Kevin Hendrick looks a bit like Kurt Cobain with his hair in his face, and like Kurt, Kevin rocks it out.

Kevin Hendrick of Male Bonding

Kevin Hendrick of Male Bonding

Nathan Hewitt of Male Bonding

Nathan Hewitt of Male Bonding

Since the last time Male Bonding were in New York, they’ve gained a new member – Nathan Hewitt.  Like his band members, Nathan is great too!  The band played a mixture of songs from their debut album “Nothing Hurts” including “T.U.F.F.,” “Franklin,” and “Weird Feelings.”  From their new album “Endless Now,” they played “Tame the Sun,” “Carrying,” “Seems T o Notice” and their latest single “Bones.”  The show was great and I recommend you check out their music if you need a little infusion of garage rock and roll in your life.

See the setlist after the jump.

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Male Bonding live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on September 30, 2010 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Male Bonding

On September 29, 2010, London punk trio Male Bonding opened for California surf-pop band Best Coast and stole the show.  Every song was super fast and made you want to just dance your ass off until you are physically unable to body slam anymore.  As my long time readers know I actually hate it when that happens at shows, but I lucked out and the crowd was well behaved in the front row. I definitely think it stemmed from two things: the audience was unfamiliar with the music and it was an odd choice as an opening band for Best Coast.  Regardless, I loved it and I am really looking forward to getting their album “Nothing Hurts.”  At the show, the vocals were drowned out by the music, but it actually worked out fine.  Instrumentally, the band was so great.  Drummer Robin Christian played the shit out of them, bassist Kevin Hendrick had a Kurt Cobain vibe going on and guitarist John Webb and his tattooed self was a treat for both my ears and eyes.  I loved it!  I met 2 out of 3 members after the gig and I complimented them both on their awesome performance.  They were both extremely cool.  Looking forward to hearing more great things to come from Male Bonding.

See the set list after the jump.  Thanks to John Webb for it!

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