Because their DIY venue is totally more DIY than your DIY venue…
Article and photography by Joe Rocha
At Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, a gaggle of local musicians are blowing the back out of a small rented party hall in Brooklyn. It’s a VFW/Knight o’ Columbus/whatever your geographical region happens to call it. And it’s reminiscent of all your best times in high school, if you were jus cool enough to have good times but not cool enough to have your stomach pumped. The venue was pretty sparse when the doors opened, but packed up with some interesting characters as the night progressed. The vibe was laid back, with genuine appreciation for the music trumping any wild partying atmosphere, though between sets there was a very social vibe with some pretty serious booze-and-drug-infused mingling.
Fast Years are an indie surf punk band with a pop tinge. Their feel and sound is reminiscent of early Weezer. I wasn’t sure that would resonate with the crowd at first, but they seemed to take to it. They are playing The Delancey on an upcoming Thursday, March 8th, with I’m Turning Into, Hawt Me$$ and Family Photos, which is totally worth catching.
Fast Years was followed by a band that Oh Come On is taking a strong editorial perspective on- we’re not going to mention their name. Because, in our opinion, they were boring. We didn’t even enjoy drinking to the sound of them. And we really enjoy drinking.
Shark? came on after The Band Which Shall Not Be Named (and I am definitely filing that name away for future use). The musicianship was awesome, and they really got some rapt attention from the audience, warmly receiving their subtle and modest stage presence. If you’re a Dinosaur Jr. fan you want to check these guys out. And you can, this Saturday, March 3rd, at Cake Shop with Diarrhea Planet.
Lost Boy?, with a similarly interrogative eroteme-ended name, is all garage punk and limp wristed dissonant intensity- but in the best possible way. It’s lazy party music that isn’t easy to make and even harder to pull off. They were thoroughly enjoyed, like the rest of the night. And we got home safe thanks to a lenient officer of the law and an iron gullet.