Thursday, August 18, 2005

Scenic Gold Streets

Gold Streets @ Scenic 8/17/05
Well since I've already written plenty about the ever-awesome Gold Streets in the past (see the archives), this will be more of a review of the club and what not than a show review as you faithful readers are used to from me. I will say, however, that they debuted a new song featured a Korg synth, which was great to see, and the bells that drummer T played on the last song were heavenly as well and that overall, it was a good, solid set with good sound. It was also part of a shoegaze festival organized by a group called Loveless, though only 1 of the other bands that I watched really had a shoegaze-type sound and in my view, though Gold Streets have a lot of elements of shoegaze, they're really more in the indie-pop category and are thus a hybrid of the two styles. There was also a DJ downstairs (Oliver from the band A Place to Bury Strangers) played similarly-inclined music between sets.

Now, as for Scenic itself, it's on Avenue B in the same spot that Save the Robots used to be many years ago. The upstairs level has a bar and get this, serves food and calls itself "The Burger Joint". They serve these little, White Castle-like (but better cooked and without the onions) burgers for $1.50 and $2.50 for a double cheeseburger. Also, the music they played upstairs absolutely rocked. It was like my own greatest hits with lots of late '70s UK punk, pub rock and new wave classics by the likes of The Jam, The Undertones, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, The Only Ones and others. Later, after the bands went on, they swtiched it to metal, but good metal like Iron Maiden, Ace Frehley's "New York Groove" and Motorhead's "Eat the Rich". Also, it was free to get in, which always helps. I definitely recommend this place as it's one of the better small new clubs that I've been to lately.


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