Midnight Masses, La Femme and . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead at Music Hall of Williamsburg 3/28/14

Midnight Masses, La Femme and … And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead 

Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 28. 2014

It’s been an extremely busy few months here in the world of the Joy of Violent Movement and an even busier few weeks as I celebrated my 35th birthday last month. And on my actual birthday, I was at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to catch Midnight Masses, La Femme and . .. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.

  • Midnight Masses’ set was pretty impressive, as their sound reminded me quite a bit of when I caught Milagres open for Low – at times possessing a delicate beauty and at others possessing a muscular insistence. Although the sparse, early arrivals were enthralled, sadly their set was briefly marred by a drunken heckler was rebuked by the band’s lead vocalist for being a rude, dickhead. Take that, heckler! 
  • La Femme played a set of material based around their their exceptional, genre defying album Tropical Psycho Berlin. Sonically, the album meshes the 60s surfer rock sound of their EP Le Podium #1 with the pulsating synths and motorik rhythms. Although their lyrics were completely sung in French, everyone – in particular, the girls who seemed to quickly flood the small venue – were bobbing and shaking their asses to their material. (Interestingly, the band had an insanely high energy that was infectious and probably helped lift the energy level of the entire room.)
  • … And You Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead played their Source Tags and Codes, the band’s most beloved and critically applauded album. And although the women seemed to disappear during their set, on a certain level I couldn’t blame them as the band inspired the crowd to become a sweaty mosh pit, full of sweaty, heaving bodies to an intense array of power chords and earnest sung lyrics. 

Check out some photos from the show below…

Midnight Masses

La Femme

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead

For these photos and more check out the Flickr set here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/yankee32879/sets/72157644426241753/

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