Live Concert Photography: Sharkmuffin and Dinowalrus with Dead Leaf Echo and Drawing Boards at Rough Trade 9/25/16

Live Concert Photography: Sharkmuffin and Dinowalrus with Dead Leaf Echo and Drawing Boards at Rough Trade 9/25/16

Although they developed a reputation locally for a hard-rocking, frenzied and loud live set comprised of material that seemingly drew from Riot GRRL-era punk and alt rock, it was the 2015 release of their highly-anticipated full-length debut Chartreuse that won Sharkmuffin, a Brooklyn-based trio comprised of Tarra Thiessen (guitar, vocals) and Natalie Kirch (bass, vocals), along with Sharif Mekway (drums) national praise; in fact Billboard listed the band as one of their 20 All-Female Bands You Should Know, and several singles off the album dominated parts of the blogosphere. It’s been some time since I’ve written about them as the trio had spent the better part of 2015 and part of 2016 touring to support Chartreuse and Theissen has also been touring as a member of Bad Girlfriend; however, the trio co-headlined Rough Trade on Sunday night with Brooklyn-based shoegaze act Dinowalrus, who were celebrating the release of their fourth, full-length release FAIRWEATHER.

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Caption: Brooklyn punk trio Sharkmuffin performing at Rough Trade last Sunday night.

Now, if you’ve stopped by this site earlier today — or over the course of the past three months or so, you’ve likely come across a couple of posts on Brooklyn-based indie rock/shoegazer act Dinowalrus. Comprised of frontman and founder Pete Feigenbaum, who has spent time as a touring guitarist in blogosphere darling act Titus Andronicus; Max Tucker; Meaghan Omega; Dan Peskin; and touring member John Atkinson, the act have received attention for three singles off their recently released fourth, full-length album FAIRWEATHER — “Tides,” Light Rain” and “Falling into the Periphery.” And while each single manages to draw from various yet very familiar sources, they all mange to further cement the band’s reputation for crafting the sort of motorik grooves that bring the Manchester sound and 4AD Records to mind — in particular think of The Stone Roses and others.


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Caption: Brooklyn-based Dinowalrus performing at Rough Trade last  Sunday night.

Over the six year history of this site, you’ve likely come across a number of posts about Brooklyn-based shoegazer act Dead Leaf Echo and during that same period of time, the members of the band have seen a growing national and international profile as they’ve made multiple appearances at  SXSWCMJNXNENorthside Festival and the Beautiful Noise Festival,  opened for a number of renowned indie acts including The Wedding PresentA Place to Bury Strangers, . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of DeadThe Psychedelic FursChapterhouseUlrich SchnaussWeekendLoreleiThe Ocean BlueThe WarlocksBeach Fossils, and The Telescopes and have had several singles hit CMJ’s Top 20 Indie charts. Their set opening for co-headliners Sharkmuffin and Dinowarlus was primarily comprised of material off their 2013 4AD Records-inspired full-length debut effort Thought and Language and their four previously released EPs and handful of singles.

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Caption: JOVM Mainstays Dead Leaf Echo performing at Rough Trade last Sunday night.

Opening the night, was the Queens-based indie rock quartet Drawing Boards, who released their self-titled EP earlier this year.

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Caption: Queens’ Drawing Boards opening the night at Rough Trade last Sunday.

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

Additionally, check out Jackie Lain’s “Noise of the Week” Switchbitch Noise Online piece on Dinowarlus’ Rough Trade set, featuring a couple of pictures from yours truly: