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Cavestomp 2007, Second Night

Posted by on Nov 4, 2007 in Music | 0 comments

Well, if you’ve never been to the night spot Warsaw in Brooklyn, you’ve probably never had one of these (a kielbasa sandwich) during a 60s garage band show (people love pictures of food in blogs):

I missed taking a picture of the first band, The Higher State from England, but they were an OK, not particularly tight psych-influenced four piece. Extra points for the closing freakout, though.

Next up was The Urges from Dublin. Kinda like an Axl Rose-fronted Stones, and a bit cliche-ridden though they certainly had a lot of life in them.


Then we had The Alarm Clocks, probably best known for the “Yeah”/”No Reason to Complain” single collected on the first side of the the first LP in the “Back from the Grave” series. Singer-bassist Mike Pierce still sings and screams like a snotty teen who just got grounded. New songs and a new album early next year. “Watch” out for The Alarm Clocks!


You gotta love it when a band goes that extra mile to dress up, including thigh-high boots! Co-headliners The New Colony Six as of late have been playing various civic and corporate events, but hell, four-part harmonies never die! Cute anecdotes from Ray Graffia (who dances like a little kid after nap time) were as touching as their ballads, especially: “I wrote this song for a girl I was dating in 1966. Married her in 1967. As of September, it’s been 40 years. Now that shows you that there is faithfulness in rock ‘n’ roll.”


Co-headliner Strawberry Alarm Clock was set to close. You know there’s going to be trouble when you see this elaborate percussive setup around the drum kit.

Strawberry Alarm Clock played their entire first album “Incense and Peppermints” with the highlight the title track. Unfortunately, it’s the second-to-last-song, and psych isn’t really my thing. And a 15-minute drum solo about halfway through the album sure as hell isn’t either. Great that they dressed up and that each of their three guitarists were smokin’ players, but by the time of the encore, about 200 people were left in front of the band while the bar area off to the side had at least as many people. Contrast that with The Sonics, just the night before, when it felt like Warsaw’s capacity 800 people were pushing me around like the 6 train rush hour crowd. Psych is more mellow, too mellow for me. When another drum solo reared its ugly head during the encore, I had to leave. Sunday’s the third and last night!


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