No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn
My Across the Narrows recap for Brooklyn - Sunday, October 2nd:
As reported on other blogs, this show was disappointingly empty and vast. It was very poorly promoted, and the whole event had a very awkward feel to it. Keyspan Park wasn't even remotely crowded until Polyphonic Spree came on. And it didn't feel like a real festival show until Belle & Sebastian. Also, the Cyclone was closed for repairs. So much for Coney Island being fun. Nathan's still rocks though.
- Whirlwind Heat - By far the worst band of the show. They were noisy, came off as very pretentious, and rude to the audience. They will forever be an opening band.
- McCrorie - I must have missed them. Although they were on the schedule, I don't think they ever took the stage.
- Gang Gang Dance - Weren't much better than Whirlwind Heat. Their onstage antics came off as silly and weird. Go back to your art school and black clothes.
- Dragonette - Awesome electro-synthpop . All bands should be this tight and glib. One of the best acts of the show, I snatched up their EP after the set. They were all sporting sleek white suits, and the female lead singer's dancing really got the crowd juiced.
- The Raveonettes - A lot of the crowd seemed to be there to see this band, but I honestly didn't see the big deal. Sounded like every other garage rock band of the past ten years. The highlight of their set was a cover of "My Boyfriend's Back," and Dragonette was clearly the better band of the "middle acts." What's so special about them?
- The Polyphonic Spree - Very obviously the highlight of the show. This two dozen-member symphonic pop band puts on a show like no other. They all were wearing sky blue robes with a red zig-zag Charlie Brown stripe. When they came together for the curtain call at the end of their set, the zig-zag lines connected through all of them. Also, I may have fallen in love with the female lead guitarist. The standout was "It's the Sun" where lead singer Tim DeLaughter danced around the stage with preacher-like moves, and waved goodbye to the sun as it set against the Atlantic Ocean.
- Belle & Sebastian - This was the band I was mainly there to see, and I gotta say they were very disappointing, aside from lead singer Stuart Murdoch sporting a Mets t-shirt. He forgot lyrics in their opening song, "The Stars of Track & Field," the first track off of their If You're Feeling Sinister album. Also disappointing was the lack of songs from their latest Dear Catastrophe Waitress album, but the highlight of their set was probably "If You Find Yourself Caught in Love" from that disc. You'd think that they'd take advantage of the opportunity of playing in the Mets' minor league ballpark in Brooklyn on the day when Mike Piazza was playing his final game as a Met up in Queens by playing their song "Piazza, New York Catcher," but no, they decided not to included in their set list. The new songs they played sounded great, and Murdoch told us after the show (we went to go meet him) that the new album would be out in January. Something to definitely look forward to. Also, Murdoch is indeed a very impressive baseball fan, especially being from Scotland. Not exactly a country that comes to mind when you think of great baseball.
- Beck - Well, he was the headliner for a reason. Although he didn't dance as much as he usually does, his catalog of hits was more than adequate for a show ender. We left early, after he played "Where It's At," a fitting finale indeed.
Photos of Dragonette, The Polyphonic Spree, Belle & Sebastian, and Beck courtesy of heartonastick & danfun.
MP3: Dragonette - I Get Around
MP3: The Polyphonic Spree - It's The Sun