Garage punk madness at the Northside Festival
This weekend Tell All Your Friends threw a balls to the wall party for the Northside Music Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, featuring some of the most exciting artists on their roster. The majority of the crowd came out for the always fantastic Thee Oh Sees from San Fran, and the refrain in the crowd in between songs and slamming bodies against each other was: "They are so f***ing good." Yes, they are. The garage punk band consistently puts on one of those legendary shows that will always be remembered as "one-of-the-best-shows-I-ever-saw" with their compact precision yelps and ground out guitar riffs, John Dwyer leads his band with a hair flip and a growl as they worked the crowd into a frenzy. Also on the bill were stoner-rockers Yellow Dogs from Tehran by-way-of Brooklyn who told us after the show, "Aren't we the luckiest band in the world getting to open for bands like Thee Oh Sees." Surprise guests were Reptar from Athens, Georgia and after an opening song that sounded just like The Walkmen, their set expanded out into an impressive sound of their own with Sunday revival preacher style vocals and loopy synths. Opening opening openers were Emil and Friends, who at times reminded us of Wings...in the best possible way.