Start Making Sense Follows Phish on Long Island
Nestled neatly between two solid Phish shows at nearby Jones Beach, this late night dance party at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh featured the best Talking Heads tribute act in the business, Start Making Sense, flanked by the smooth sexy sounds of Business Casual Disco, who are well on the way to becoming the Orchard Lounge of the Northeast. In a packed week of music that ended with Roger Waters’ The Wall and a high energy Disco Biscuits show, it made perfect sense to finally catch the premier facsimile of another one of my favorite groups and Start Making Sense did not disappoint.
Seemingly clued in, Phish sent us off into the night with a “Character Zero” encore, and we arrived shortly thereafter at the spacious venue. Live For Live Music scoped out a solid spot for one of their debut productions. AC kept it nice and cool and a large outdoor area provided ample chill space, while crafts vendors lined the far side of the dance floor offering handmade apparel and more.
Business Casual Disco started things off with upbeat body movers until the strains of my favorite Talking Heads tune filtered outside. “Can’t seem to face up to the facts…” From there, it was an all out dance party, the introspective lyrics seamlessly stuttered in a dense rhythmic palette. With a front man perfectly echoing the anxious charisma of David Byrne and a band more than capable of providing the art punk disco backbone, the band ripped through the classics.
For all the radio hits like “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” and “Once in a Lifetime,” and familiar tunes like “Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place),” and “Cities,” – there were plenty of deep cuts. Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues were well represented, and as any good tribute, the group provided a set list to appeal to fans and casual listeners alike. Be sure to catch them when they roll through your town.
For fledgling jam scene promoters, it was a successful initial endeavor and hopefully there will be more shows at the venue in the future (with more bartenders). After discovering mac ‘n’ cheese pizza, we enjoyed a smooth ride home, catching a bus right off the train and leaving Jamaica station just hours before a cop was stabbed in the eye there, a senseless act of a psycho killer. Same as it ever was.