5.28.2007

IF YOUR FISTS ARE EMPTY, YOU DON'T MEAN BUSINESS








(Team Robespierre and the Death Set performing at Glasslands in Brooklyn, more photos here)

Last Friday was a show at Glasslands put on by Bikes In The Kitchen. It was a pretty great line-up, with Pterodactyl, Team Robespierre, Best Fwends, and the Death Set. The show was a sweaty good time (very sweaty, perspiration was condensing on the metal roof and occasionally dripping down on the crowd), until a random tragedy hit right at the start of Death Set's set. Some girls thought it would be funny to throw water balloons down on the crowd from the balcony. And it was funny. Until one of them, for whatever possible reason, decided to start throwing them past the band at the back of the stage where all of the amps/speakers/cables/sound equipment was. Well her aim was true and she planted one right in the middle of the keyboard of Johnny's open laptop. Deathset uses pre-recorded samples (a la Japanther style) in their set, and these were being played on Johnny's Macbook. Needless to say this brought their set to a erratic halt. Johnny figured out what had happened, got his ipod as a backup, and got the show rolling again after a brief delay. Pretty impressive showmanship for someone who just had his laptop bombed. The guilty party, realizing what had happened, and that people knew where the balloon came from, ditched her ammo and ran off. Strangely enough she decided to hang around outside the show till it was over, allowing Johnny to confront her and snag her car keys so she couldn't bolt. Eventually the cops came to deal with the issue and everyone went home. Still sucks pretty hard for Johnny.

(update) Apparently the laptop was just the beginning. The water balloons also took out Death Set's guitar amp, mixer, and two speaker bins. Lovely.

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MP3:

I really want to go on tour with this band to do a photo tour diary. Anyone got the connection? I'm pretty bummed I didn't get a chance to hitch on their current Mastodon + Cursive tour.

• Against Me! - Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong

A band's place in myspace.

10 comments:

  1. those jerk ladies got got!

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  2. why did the cops have to get invovled? just sayin'...

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  3. The "guilty party" actually called the cops herself. She wouldn't give her contact info to Johnny, but after the cops got there she had to.

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  4. wow, you're quite the little nancy drew, arentcha? hope you feel like a hero.

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  5. Yeah I wear a skirt and hang out at rock shows to solve mysteries. You are so right.

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  6. wow, self-policing-waterballoon-laptop-assassins! gotta love it.

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  7. i'm pretty sure jimmylegs is standing with his head in josh b's ceiling in his blogger pic. 'tis a small, low-ceilinged world. sucka i am getting my bike back tomorrow, it's confirmed. let's ride!

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  8. you still looking for that against me connection?...

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  9. hey, I got your link from a friend b/c it had a song from Against ME!...well I read that you were looking for a connection to them. I have their PR rep. Vanessa, phone number. I won't post it on here but send me an email at rawemotions@gmail.com and I'll give it to you. Hope you'll be able to go on tour with them. Good Luck

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