The Hotrats at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

The Hot Rats, (name borrowed from Frank Zappa’s album of the same name), strutted into Brooklyn on a Tuesday night, taking a windblown stage flanked by two lovely, stripe-donned ladies, arms akimbo and bedecked in lights.  This supergroup cover band, a side-project formed by Supergrass’s Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey, turned Music Hall of Williamsburg into a dance-a-thon as they plunged into their deep carpetbag of hits, ranging from The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” to “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” by NYC’s own Beastie Boys, and the glamtastic “Love is the Drug” by Roxy Music.

The Hotrats at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Though there wasn’t much idle band chit chat, apart from a quip about drummer Goffey’s striped pajama-like union suit and a shout out to Hot Rats’ producer Nigel Godrich, Coombes ended the set with a laugh, saying, “that’s all the songs we know!”

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Of course, a cover band made up of Coombes and Goffey wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dip into some choice Bowie and Beatles, and songs “Queen Bitch” and “Drive My Car” brought the audience to their knees.  With only electric guitar, drums and backing tracks at their disposal, the duo nevertheless put on an intense, gritty show and ended it all on a charged high note, with Supergrass favorite “Caught by the Fuzz.” Watch for The Hot Rats’ Turn Ons album, coming out this month on Fat Possum.–Madeline Virbasius/Gaz Coombes photos by Tear-n Tan, Danny Goffey photo by Zabatay