NYC Rock and Roll Food Drive at Gramercy Theatre
Anyone in New York looking for rock and roll this past Friday had to look no further than Gramercy Theatre. Simple concept: Bring food for the homeless and watch great rock and roll music. Hosted by Luc Carl, four bands: NEES and VOS, BROTHERS NYC, SEX SLAVES, and THE DIRTY PEARLS, shook the joint for four plus hours; leaving behind an energized crowd that could rest assured that rock music is still going strong in their city.
I arrived during BROTHERS NYC set that can be best described as impressive honky-tonk rock with an attitude. Next up the SEX SLAVES (Del Cheetah, J Bomb, and Eric13).
One of the greatest feelings is seeing a band (you listen to regularly) live for the first time and having a “WHOA” moment. For me, this first happened fifteen years ago when I saw GREEN DAY live. Five minutes into the SEX SLAVES set, it happened again. From their opener “We Are The Sex Slaves” through “Thank You Lord For Jack Daniels” their punk rock sound and machine gun energy won over the crowd, even bringing out a few fist pumps. Playing pretty much a full set, SEX SLAVES played a lot of songs off their recent album, Wasted Angel, including “Liquor Store Romance”, “Cheap Imitation”, and “Long Live The Dead.” They also went back and played some of their more classic songs including “Contagious” (which you can see below). By the end of their set, the crowd was worked into a frenzy, and ready for the featured band.
Sex Slaves CONTAGIOUS
THE DIRTY PEARLS are in a great place at the moment. They have recently finished recording their first full album, Whether You Like It Or Not, which is scheduled to be released in early 2012 and are setting up a tour across the U.S. to support. After a proper Elvis Presley introduction, THE DIRTY PEARLS (Tommy London, Tommy Mokas, Marty E, Doug Wright, Sunny Climbs), kicked off their set with the title track from their upcoming album and then ripped through classics “Caffeine and Gasoline”, “Happy New Year”, and a blistering version of “Sucker For a Sequel.”
Friday’s show was an introduction to their new guitar player, Sunny Climbs, who fits seamlessly into a band that (at the moment) appears to be very tight and on the same page. Between the stage presence of Tommy London (who was wearing his blue suede shoes), shredding of guitarist Tommy Mokas, and the energy from Marty E, Wright, and Climbs, it is clear THE DIRTY PEARLS are coming into their own. You can hear the synergy through new songs “Static” and “Mayday” [EDITED] and updated versions of their classics. One of my favorite moments from Friday was when Brian Newman was brought on stage to play his trumpet on “Hollywood la la la” and hope more of the horns/guitar sound makes it onto the new album. After closing the show with new their hits “Who’s Coming Back To Who” and “New York City is a Drug” it was clear no one was letting the band off the stage so easily. It was an ‘encore call’ worthy performance that ended with the band playing a cover of “Detroit Rock City” to close the show.
The Dirty Pearls STATIC
It was chilly walking out of the theater, but it was a great feeling. You could see it in the faces as the crowd left the theater and spilled onto 23rd street. It was a good night to walk the streets of New York; it was a good night for rock and roll.
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