Chain and the Gang & Golden Triangle at the Crocodile Last Night

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Nick Feldman
Vashti of Golden Triangle.

Chain and the Gang with Golden Triangle

Tuesday, July 6

Crocodile

Brooklyn's Golden Triangle opened for Chain and the

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Chain and the Gang & Golden Triangle at the Crocodile Last Night

  • Chain and the Gang & Golden Triangle at the Crocodile Last Night

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    Nick Feldman
    Vashti of Golden Triangle.

    Chain and the Gang with Golden Triangle

    Tuesday, July 6

    Crocodile

    Brooklyn's Golden Triangle opened for Chain and the Gang last night -- Golden Triangle is a Hardly Art-signed psychedelic outfit of 3 boys and 3 very stylin' girls who wore last night, respectively, black tights, ripped tights, and sparkly tights. Two of those girls, Vashti and Carly, are the lead singers -- Vashti looks kind of like a hotter Joan Jett and both girls thrash around with a pair of tambourines. The sextet opened with the darkly hip "Cinco De Mayo," a good representation of Golden Triangle's sound -- aggressive guitar riffs (there are two electric guitars battling each other for volume control), those clashing tambourines, and forcible rhythms. There are no slow ballads in GT's repertoire. It's so loud that you can't really make out the vocal harmonies or lyrics that V and C are singing so energetically. In fact, you kind of get the impression that they're shouting at you and telling you what to do, but whatever, girl power.

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    Nick Feldman
    The dapper Ian Svenonius of Chain & the Gang.
    Ian Svenonius -- "Chain" of K Records' Chain and the Gang -- dressed in a white suit, shimmies around and howls into his microphone like a James Brown on lots of speed. He has lots of moves -- one looks like he's driving a car, one looks like he's gesticulating wildly at the audience, one looks like he's Sinatra trying not to spill a martini. Chain frequently jumps into the crowd, frequently teaches the audience the words to his music so they can sing along (like, "it's a hard hard job keeping everybody high/ it's a hard hard job keeping everybody stoned"), sometimes he inserts the entire microphone head into his mouth, sometimes he sings too! The band performed the best of their politically-tinged soul music, like "(I've Got) Privilege," "I See Progress," and the badass "Detroit Music." Chain also likes to speak to the crowd. Here are his top 3 comments of the night:

    3. (Gesturing at the framed photos on the wall) "I like these pictures. Let's have a round of applause for photographers."

    2. "Youth is wasted on the young. Air is wasted on the bird. Water is wasted on the fish."

    1. (Three-quarters of the way through his set) "Fuck, I forgot to put Eric Grandy on the guestlist. Can someone add him to my guestlist?"

    Personal Bias: I'd barely listened to either of these bands before last night.

    The Crowd: Sparse but very hip!

    Random Notebook Dump: Turbo Fruits opened before Golden Triangle! They kind of sound like Jet but their lead singer kept doing these cute scissor kicks and the guitarist spit water on the drummer! Cute!

    Click here to see more photos from the show.

     
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