Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pela @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Pela; Apollo Sunshine
@ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY - February 27, 2008

Brooklyn's Pela came out a whompin' and a whoopin' with their thunderous pop-rock. When they are exquisite, they are the utter definition of it. Led by the whirling vox of Billy McCarthy (who boasts a fine fedora), the band hammers away like a construction crew, not unlike the National (whose drummer was hoppin' around the show) but with a concentrated effort to stomp and jig (and not pause for much else). It should be noted that after about half the set, it did start to wear down but this may have been more from Pennypacker's exhaustion than from the band's music. This was no letdown.
Apollo Sunshine, on the other hand, was bad. After starting off with a pleasant dream-rock song and then a rollicking power-chord ripper, it looked good. But the remainder of the set was drenched in prog-jam affairs that put the thing on autopilot and into snoozeville.

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At February 28, 2008 at 2:45:00 PM EST, Blogger DerKellermeister said...

I thought that Apollo Sunshine were the best of the 3 bands last night. I had never seen AS before and was impressed by their mutual understanding and particular by the guitarist's skills. Even during the most noisy parts and moments of raw energy he never seemed to lose his sense of melody. I agree that the first song was absolutely beautiful.


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