RECAP: FYF + Vans Team Up For One of Many House Parties to Come (FILTER Exclusive)
By Geneva Perezcastaneda; photos by Jessica Lehrman on July 5, 2011
FYF and Vans partnered up to share some summer lovin’ with a free summer house party concert series in Brooklyn, and who doesn’t love some free summer concerts? The series kicked off June 30th with Brooklyn’s finest and New Yorkers alike congregating to the House of Vans and standing in a massive line to see performances from No Age, HEALTH, Cults and Ceremony. If you missed this show, don’t fret—the concerts continue on July 14th to August 25th with various amazing acts to catch. The next show will showcase Superchunk, OFF! and Lemuria so make sure to get there early!
Ceremony gave a rowdy start to the show with frontman Ross Farrar screaming, climbing on banisters and jumping into the mosh pit at the beginning of just about every song. Every time Farrar jumped into the mosh pit, the level of energy in the pit went up about 10 notches. It was hardcore-kid church and Ross Farrar was giving the swift-kick-to-the-face sermon as he belted the lyrics to “This Is My War.” Ceremony definitely opened the show with a hard-hitting, fast-paced punk rock sound that electrified the vibe of the venue.
The energy was brought back down to earth with the Cults as the second act. Madeline Follin definitely sang her heart out, and the indie-pop sound of the band was absolutely captivating from the catchy sounds of the xylophone to the deep tempos of the bass. Brian Oblivion proved his talents on the keyboard and guitar. Cults performed such songs as “Abducted” and “Go Outside,” which brought quite the crowd swaying back and forth to the catchy melodies and flow of Follin’s vocals.
HEALTH came out in full swing with their experimental, industrial melodies. Bassist John Famiglietti hit some hard beats on a single drum during their performance of “death+”, his long hair also made a performance of its own dancing along with the electronic rhythms the band has learned to master so well. The full force of the electronic, experimental sound of the band added to the well rounded music of the concert.
No Age balanced out their set with hypertensive beats with singer/drummer Dean Allen Spunt wailing on the drums while hitting every vocal note and guitarist Randy Randall hitting the low, drawn-out guitar riffs with real force. The duo performed such singles as “Glitter” and “Eraser” that had the crowd singing along and jumping around with an upbeat liveliness. No Age kept the energy of the crowd up with an amazing performance.