Last night I decided to wander out into the blustery Lower East Side after giving Rooftop Vigilantes’ Myspace page a cursory listen at work. I thought there was something there, enough to get me out to Cake Shop late on a Thursday evening. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but boy was I right! Rooftop Vigilantes, coming all the way from Kansas, are one of the most genuine punk acts I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, and possibly the best band I’ve seen so far this year. In a Brooklyn sea of lo-fi and synthesizers, it was actually refreshing to hear a band that hearkened back to the mid-70s, breaking its drum kit and taking a shot to the recently deceased Lux Interior.
I’m not exactly sure what set Rooftop Vigilantes apart for me. It could be the fact that they seemed to be incredibly nice people, or the welcome addition of a female keyboard player to the typical all-male power trio lineup, or the fact that they were really tight. Maybe not that many bands are actually playing punk anymore. But really, they just had IT. They had IT coming out of their ears. I’m definitely guessing we’ll be hearing more from them in the future. They’re playing again TONIGHT at 92Y Tribeca, so catch them while they’re still in New York!
Beachniks were also good, cute punk rock (includes members of Crystal Stilts). Short songs and a short, sweet set. They seemed a little nervous and a bit unrehearsed (guessing they’re a very new band), but with a little more experience I could see something good coming out of them. caUSE co-MOTION! kind of got the short-shrift from me because I was so excited after Rooftop Vigilantes I couldn’t really judge anything properly, but they seemed like another good nouveau-punk quartet. I enjoyed their set, and I apologize to their bass player for not being able to get one decent shot of him. Now, time for pictures.