His Name is Alive
Sunday, Oct. 30
Cake Shop, New York City
Promoted as a Devils Night, Detroit-only showcase, the diverse sounds (His Name Is Alive with Living Flames and the Wolf Man Band) did well to satisfy a notoriously tough Lower East Side crowd.
In a neighborhood frequented by such multi-culti art rock stars as Gogol Bordello, and one known as a hotbed of gypsy punk activity, openers the Living Flames accordion-augmented show came off a bit pedestrian though the crowd seemed fascinated by the vocal harmonies of the pretty chanteuses. All wiles finally seceded when the bands attempt at stand-up was met with awkward silence.
The ever-evolving HNIA its most recent incarnation boasts the atmospheric vocals of singer Andi FM and a droning Indian shruti box delivered a full-on show to devoted East Coast fans. The bands impromptu, rock n roll version of ragtime classic Your Momma Dont Wear No Drawers was a fitting climax.
Later, concertgoers were accosted and subsequently licked (yes, licked) by the costumed creatures of the Wolf Man Band, who then proceeded to dish canine-infused experimental rock n roll wolf masks, paws and all.Jay Van Esley writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org