Live Concert Photography: Ice Balloons with POW! and Grill Cloth at Baby’s All Right 8/7/17
Over the past couple of months, you may have come across a couple of posts featuring the indie All-Star act Ice Balloons, an comprised of a verifiable who’s who of contemporary indie rock as the band’s lineup features TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Samiam’s Sean Kennerly, Fuckemos’ and Surfbort’s Sean Powell, Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber, Wild Yaks’ Dan Scinta and B.A. Miele playing material that’s been loosely described as garage punk, synth-based noise — and much more than any of the bands from which its members derive. Unsurprisingly, “Night Slave,” off 2013’s eight-song debut EP, received national attention with the release of a video that was released on Vice Noisey.
The band’s long-awaited full-length debut Fiesta was released earlier this month and from album singles “Calypso Heartworm,” The Wasp” and “Fallen Family,” the band specialize in blistering, noisy and discordant punk beamed down from a broken and failing spaceship set from a dystopian planet, much like our own — although the aforementioned “Fallen Family” is much more doom-laden. The members of the band played a headlining set at Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotspot Baby’s All Right earlier this month to celebrate the release of their full-length debut with San Francisco synth punk act POW! and Oakland, CA-based punk act Grill Cloth. Check out photos from the show below.
With the release of their 2014 full-length debut Hi-Tech Boom, the now-Los Angeles-based synth punk act POW!, comprised of of Bryon Blum and Melissa Blue, received attention for an album of material that focused on San Francisco’s current socio-economic climate and how it impacted residents of the city; however, with 2015’s Fight Fire, which was released through renowned indie label Castle Face Records, the duo’s sound took a turn as Blue switched to primarily playing synths with their sound taking on a retro-futuristic and somewhat New Wave-inspired sound.
Opening the night was the Oakland, CA-based punk trio Grill Cloth. Comprised of founding member and primary songwriter Steven Sessler, with Danny Lomeli and Kevin Zee, the band was formed in 2012 as a means to perform the songs Sessler had written a few years before