Saturday, October 29, 2011
Get Into: Bootblacks
Just got back from St. Vitus where I saw Bootblacks, who have fast become my favorite band on the NYC goth/postpunk scene. I was digging it even more than when I first saw them just over a month ago. Then, they were battling through technical difficulties. Tonight, they were reveling in the venue's awesome sound system. After the show my friend and I congratulated the vocalist and shot the shit for a minute, he was a really chill guy. Before parting ways we told him our names, and he casually introduced himself as "Panther." Nice.
As you can hear in the sick video above, Bootblacks play bass-heavy, bilious art-punk. They owe a lot to The Birthday Party but don't really sound like the Birthday Party. Where young Nick Cave and company usually tried to maximize their songs' destructive potential, Bootblacks' songs are more melodic and structured, emphasizing the play between the rhythm section's anchoring grooves and their shock-headed guitarist's twisted riffage. It's not frantic, it's tense. The effect is quite powerful, and the moments of release are conducive to headbanging. Excellent band, impeccable style. Check them out.
Here are some cool songs on their Soundcloud. I especially recommend "The Things We Did."