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Thank You, New York: Effi Briest, Indian Jewelry & Kid Koala

Posted on: July 1, 2010

It’s hard for a pack of pencil-thighed, sullen girls to look different from one another, but somehow, standing onstage at the Mercury Lounge last week, the ladies of Effi Briest (yes, as in everyone’s favorite German realist novel) did it. Reminiscent of a bansheed-out Clinic (minus the scrubs) or a darker, more tribal Sleater Kinney, the group is comprised of six women, guitars, drums, keyboard and a magician’s hat combination of least-likely instruments such as the accordion, clarinet and a set of bongos.

Effi Briest @ The Mercury Lounge, June 2010; Photo: BIW

Kelsey Barret’s oft-shrieking vocals may occasionally recall the World of Birds at the Bronx Zoo, but with the band’s harmonious, hypnotic energy, somehow it works. “The Newlywed Song” is ridiculously fun. “Oh yes I love you honey/I don’t care if you’re married I still love you/I’ll still get you yet.” And if you never thought rhizomes could be haunting and even sexy, well, there’s a lot we all have to learn.

Effi Briest opened for Indian Jewelry, the kind of band your mom hates because you’re ruining those pretty little ears, honey. This Houston-hailing noyze band got us headbanging for the first time in years.  The music, the strobe, the crowd, the reckless quality to the performance, even moshing would have been appropriate. Seriously. After the show, our ears rang for days.

[Indian Jewelry – Excessive Moonlight]

Indian Jewelry @ The Mercury Lounge, June 2010; Photo: BIW

Thankfully, we recovered our hearing in time to catch Hess is More, Kid Koala, and The Slew (Kid Koala totally rocking out with Wolfmother) in Prospect Park on Friday night.

Sadly, the above is not from the Celebrate Brooklyn show, nor is it as fun to watch it on a computer screen as it is to go nuts on a lawn. But you get the idea.

Regarding these shows and the joy derived from them, we want to say a big juicy thank you to live performers everywhere, because it’s goshgoddarn fun to dance outside and hear good music. Ah, summer.

Indian Jewerly @ The Mercury Lounge, June 2010; Photo: BIW


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