BROTHERS PAST @ BROOKLYN BOWL – 1/13/12 Review
Courtesy of our friends at Live For Live Music.
On Friday night, Philadelphia’s Brothers Past graced the stage at Brooklyn Bowl. The last time they played this venue, one of the worst blizzards in recent history came to town as well. While it finally felt like winter, in what has been a mild one in NYC, to compare both nights would be crazy. The same could be said for what happened inside the venue. And instead of a few soldiers braving the elements, there was a much more sizeable crowd in attendance on Friday; oh yeah, and Brothers Past killed it.
Opening with “Celebrity” from 2005’s This Feelings Called Goodbye, the first set got off to a good start, and segued into a really nice “Getaway Somehow”. I really dig this song, it has a nice groove; it has this element to it that makes you feel like you’re in club just getting down. Tom Hamilton’s guitar soared during “Charity Starts at Home”. There is this airiness to “Charity” that allows it to hit another stratosphere. This segued into “Boy”, which is a old track from back in the day, to close out the set. Though the first set had a bit of a spacey, laid-back feel, it was played really well and cleanly.
Giving the crowd (and themselves) a break to enjoy a libation or two, Brothers Past began the second set with a strong, stand-alone “Astphadel”. “Dead Clowns” got real up-tempo and glitchy during the jam (Rick Lowenberg held it down on the drums), and it segued nicely into “The Mirror”. It was around this point that the set took off; everyone was rocking out hard – fans and band members alike. The energy had seriously amplified, and you could clearly tell the difference between the two sets. Finishing up “Clowns” ended a sick sandwich that felt like it lasted a solid 40-minutes or so. Ending the set with “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now” may have been a nod to the 2/25/10 show at the Bowl, where some technical difficulties took place with Hamilton’s mic and/or guitar. It was a great way to end the set though, as this version had a driving jam that had everyone moving.
Coming back for encore, a standard “Leave the Light On” ended the evening, lending way to a late-night set by DJ Thibault. They played an excellent show; especially from the mid-way point of the second set to the end. It was some of the best playing I had personally seen from Brothers past in minute. Definitely glad to have made it out for the show.
Set 1: Celebrity>Getaway Somehow>Can You Keep a Secret, Dressed Up Worn Down>Charity Starts at Home>Boy
Set 2: Astphadel, Dead Clowns>The Mirror>Dead Clowns, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now
Encore: Leave the Light On