My good friends over at Oblivious Pop put on a show with Bowery Electric last night, and I was there for the full sordid affair.
To start off, Bowery Electric was not the ideal location for a first time show producer to do their work. The entire Oblivious Pop team is under 21, and since it was a 21+ show, we were all a hot second from getting kicked out by the venue manager. She was pleasant. And by pleasant I mean unpleasant. Then the sound crew didn't have the cables needed to hook up a mac to the sound system, so after I made a half a dozen calls and was on hold with Guitar Center for the length of an Eagles song, we had to send one of the artists out to pick up the equipment. The adapter then had to be held onto her computer with electrical tape. Smashing.
So as we nervously shook our knees and tensed our shoulders, there was an air of apprehension. Of this perhaps being the end of unblossomed careers. Of our underage bodies being ravaged by the industry and thrown into the gutters.
But that was ridiculous, because the show was flawless.
The first act was a Bowery selection, four lovely lads that go by Gift Horse. The music was the sound of a highway passing, with beats that separated it from coffee-house fare. It was the best of 90's soft rock voices, gorgeous surfy guitars, and a bass that don't quit. In fact, the bass was the main attraction. Gift Horse travels well, from country road to upbeat city street. The standout track of the night was "Siren Song," which I recommend listening to ASAP.