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Drink Up Buttercup’s performance was suitably intense and chaotic as they delivered a lively set of jangly, catchy tunes at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night.

Following up on the success of a few singles, the Philadelphia-based quartet released their debut album, Born And Thrown On A Hook, on Yep Roc Records in March. The record is a lofty, trippy psychedelic blend of melodic garage rock, pop and folk. The songs are guitar-driven with heavy dose of Hammond organ and tambourine, and influences largely drawn from the 1960s-70s.

Ben Mazzochetti and Farzad Houshiarnejad traded off on bass, keyboards and backing vocals throughout the set, while the opera training of lead singer/guitarist James Harvey often shone through in the vocals.

Opening with “Gods and Gentlemen,” the set also included the Beatles-esque “Young Ladies,” and the bouncy new single “Doggy Head.” Before “Even Think,” Harvey remarked, “This song’s really good to bowl to,” a nod to the venue, which is also a bowling alley. The band closed with “Sea Sickness Pills,” with Harvey’s vocals aided by a glass of beer under the microphone for special effect while Houshiarnedjad’s aluminum trash can doubled as percussion and drummer Mike Cammarata stood on the bass drum while banging the tambourine. As entertaining as ever, Drink Up Buttercup was thrilling to watch as their live show inspired the same feel-good vibes as the record.  –Teresa Sampson, Photo by Teresa Sampson