Deap Vally/Free Energy | 05.05.13

DeapVally 75These girls are like the love child of Joan Jett and Jack White; it’s shocking that people as beautiful and talented are so amazingly humble.

 

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Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Deap Vally and Free Energy played to a decently sized crowd for a Sunday night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The last time that Deap Vally played Bowery Ballroom was during CMJ Music Marathon in October 2012, and that was the last time that I had seen them there. For $15, it was a no-brainer: Sunday night would be spent rocking out at my favorite venue in NYC.

Brooklyn-based band Leda opened the show to a dismal crowd of no more than 25 people, many of them in the 18–21 age group. Downstairs featured a bit more of the 21-and-up action, while those of-age pre-gamed for the rest of the concert. Leda puts on a good show—the cello adds something special to their sound—yet, it was obvious that the crowd came primarily to see the other two acts and wa spolitely providing moderate attention to the opener.

When Deap Vally took the stage, the floor and balcony showed more audience interest to the point that the once almost-empty floor now had about 50 people dispersed. For those who haven’t seen Deap Vally, go to a show—those chicks own the stage: barefoot, barely-there cut-off shorts, flapper-meets-rodeo belly tops, and a sound that literally reverberates off the walls. The drummer, vibrantly red-headed rocker Julie Edwards, instantly began her headbang, while Lindsey Troy—blond and raspy-voiced—explained how this was their second time playing in the “classy” Bowery Ballroom, before striking some chords reminiscent of White Stripes.

As expected, they did songs off of their Get Deap! EP, including crowd favorites “Ain’t Fair,” “End of the World,” and “Lies.” While the show wasn’t as energetic as their last Bowery Ballroom show, it was still inspired. These girls are like the love child of Joan Jett and Jack White, and it’s shocking that people as beautiful and talented are so amazingly humble. They hugged, took pictures, and drank with the crowd after the show.

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Free Energy

Free Energy went about the same way—a breath of rock ’n’ roll fresh air—dance-y enough to provide momentum in the crowd, but equally as talented as they are fun. Free Energy engaged the crowd with every song they did; the guy next to me said their stage presence and crowd interaction is very Weezer-esque, which is not the first time they have gotten that loaded, but equally appropriate, comparison.

The Bowery Ballroom had added another 15 to 20 people to its space; we danced, we sang, we laughed as the people dressed in Banana suits, rabbit costume, and wolf masks got on stage and rocked out for the last songs. And, I can honestly say, we all were just a bit disappointed at the end, as the reality of (less free) life returned. Like Deap Vally, the guys of Free Energy grabbed shots and drinks and met fans downstairs following the show. It’s shocking that $15 was the price for a solid New York night of fun with awesome bands. | Kristyn Potter

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