Live Concert Photography: High Waisted with Hundred Hounds Beechwood and The Coax at Rough Trade 11/4/17
Over the past couple of years, I’ve written quite a bit about the New York-based indie rock quarter and JOVM mainstays High Waisted. Comprised of Jessica Louie Dye (vocals, guitar), Jono Bernstein (drums), Richey Rose (bass) and Stephen Neilsen (guitar, vocals), the quartet quickly developed a reputation both locally and elsewhere for a sound that draws from surf rock, garage rock, psych rock and lo-fi rock — and for their DIY concerts/booze cruises (which are pretty fucking awesome, by the way), tiki-styled pig roasts and acid-fueled pizza parties. Their Bryan Pugh-produced full-length debut On Ludlow further cemented their reputation for scuzzy, party ’til you drop rock but with subtle shades of vulnerability, just under the surface.
Now, as you may recall, the New York based indie rock act’s forthcoming Tad Kugler-produced, sophomore album is slated for a Spring 2018 release; but they released a split single with The Coax and High Waisted’s contribution to the split single, “Firebomb” found the band moving towards a fuller, arena rock friendly sound complete with enormous, anthemic hooks and a scuzzy, ass-kicking, name-taking swagger reminiscent of Lita Ford, Motley Crue and others. High Waisted were busy touring throughout the fall, playing both their older material and new material, and the tour ended with a headlining set at Rough Trade earlier this month — and the bill included Hundred Hounds, Beechwood, and The Coax. Check out photos from the show below.
Comprised of Colin Smith, James “Roto” Rotondi, Dan Krysa and Mason Ingram, the Brooklyn-based rock band Hundred Hounds specialize in an arena rock friendly blues rock sound that’s reminiscent of The Black Keys and others.
Comprised of Gordon Lawrence (guitar, vocals), Isa Tineo (drums, vocals) and Sid Simons (bass), the New York-based trio Beechwood has developed a reputation locally for a sound that owes a debt to T. Rex and Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie. Of course, the trio have managed to play on a number of bills lately and if you’ve likely come across a couple of posts featuring them.
Opening the night was the Minneapolis, MN-based indie rock act The Coax. The band’s sound is heavily influenced by early 60s garage rock, 70s rock and post-punk — particularly, shoegaze. Along with their 2017 effort, Total Drag, the band has released a split single with the aforementioned High Waisted.