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Silent Barn is the kind of DIY venue that New York’s outer boroughs have become famous for lately.  Situated in the basement of a discreet location in Ridgewood (Queens), bordering Bushwick (Brooklyn), Silent Barn has, in contrast, more of a laid-back party vibe than most of the city’s popular indie music clubs.  And given the setting, the sound quality was pretty good, too.  Tuesday’s line-up featured performances from three terrific acts.

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First up was Austin, TX rockers Bloody Knives, who were making their first appearance in New York.  Cleverly melding influences as diverse as metal, shoegaze and post-punk, the duo eschews guitars, and instead uses keyboards and samplers to create a lush and at times psychedelic sound. Lead singer Preston Maddox’s ethereal tenor vocals seem to float over his intense, distorted bass lines and the heavy, driving beats of drummer Jake McCown. Though the two have been playing together for years in other bands (most recently the Joy Bus), Bloody Knives has only been a band since late 2009.  The newness was not evident, though, as their set was pretty tight.  The only glitch was one between-song pause when Maddox’s laptop was slow to respond, leading someone in the audience to joke that he was checking his email, to which he responded, “I guess I should have bought a Mac.” Songs in the set included “I Saw The Ghost That Follows You” and “You Know You Will,” from the recently released debut album, Burn It All Down (Killredrocketrecords, the band’s own label), “Buried,” from their first, self-titled EP, and “Laserz.”

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Continuing the theme of shoegaze influence, Brooklyn-based Dead Leaf Echo (playing live as a five-piece) were on next with a pleasing set of mellow dream-pop songs. Recalling the sounds of Pale Saints, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and early Lush, Dead Leaf Echo’s atmospheric songs feature shimmery and swirling guitars, breezy melodies and the gentle, melancholic vocals of lead singer/guitarist LG Galleon. The band usually performs with screen projections behind them but, likely owing to the size of the stage, the projector on this night was aimed directly at LG, making for some interesting visual effects.  Dead Leaf Echo kicked off with a newer song, “Half Truth,” and the set included “Cry The Sea” and “Poison Lips” before coming to a climactic conclusion with the Ulrich Schnauss mixed “Pale Fire.” The band is set to release a third album, Truth (2&1 Records) in October.

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The final performance of the night came from Brooklyn’s Me You Us Them.  Not the slightest thrown off by the fact that their laptop wasn’t working, this lively three-piece played so well “punk rock style,” in the words of lead singer/guitarist Ryan Reesey, that you’d never know that’s not their pathos.  Me You Us Them’s melodious, uptempo songs suck you in with wailing guitars, groovy bass lines and driving rhythms — a delicious blend of post-punk, shoegaze and 1990s alt-rock that recalls acts from the Pixies to My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver.  Bassist Ian Ljungquist handled backing vocals, as well as lead on a few songs, while Zach Eichenhorn flailed away behind the drum kit. Me You Us Them’s full-length debut, Post-Data (Tripple Down Records) was released recently, but their set on Tuesday included even newer, not yet released material, such as the song “Research.”  Also in the set were “iQuit,” “Iron Tongue,” and the Nirvana-esque “Pretty Nettles,” and set closer “Wish You Luck.”

Perhaps Bloody Knives singer Maddox summed it up best with, “it’s a pretty fucking awesome night for a Tuesday.”  Indeed it was. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Teresa Sampson

 
  1. Kickass gents. Kickass.

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  3. i liked MYUT’s old drummer

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  4. [...] “First up was Austin, TX rockers Bloody Knives, who were making their first appearance in New York.  Cleverly melding influences as diverse as metal, shoegaze and post-punk, the duo eschews guitars, and instead uses keyboards and samplers to create a lush and at times psychedelic sound. Lead singer Preston Maddox’s ethereal tenor vocals seem to float over his intense, distorted bass lines and the heavy, driving beats of drummer Jake McCown. Though the two have been playing together for years in other bands (most recently the Joy Bus), Bloody Knives has only been a band since late 2009.  The newness was not evident, though, as their set was pretty tight.  The only glitch was one between-song pause when Maddox’s laptop was slow to respond, leading someone in the audience to joke that he was checking his email, to which he responded, “I guess I should have bought a Mac.” Songs in the set included “I Saw The Ghost That Follows You” and “You Know You Will,” from the recently released debut album, Burn It All Down (Killredrocketrecords, the band’s own label), “Buried,” from their first, self-titled EP, and “Laserz” (sentimentalistmag.com) [...]

  5. [...] great line-up with three intense performances from three awesome bands in one small, sweaty room.  It was my first time seeing two of them, and [...]