Last Friday’s lineup at Glasslands in Brooklyn was basically a hometown bash for the North Jersey scene with a special homecoming for headliner Julian Lynch. Lynch has been playing assorted summer shows in support of his newest LP Mare, and was joined by local up-and-comers La Big Vic, Big Troubles (who I’ve mentioned before), Campfires (who are actually Midwesterners) and Ducktails.
We got there too late to enjoy the dreamy sounds of La Big Vic, which was a total bummer, but the rest of the bands on the lineup totally killed. Finishing up their week-long mini-tour, Big Troubles lived up to their hazy, alternative rock hype and blew through most of the songs on their 7″ along with a few more most likely off of their upcoming LP Worry out on Olde English Spelling Bee (whenever they actually decide to release it), and joked that their new video for “Bite Yr Tongue” had just debuted on MTV, er, MTV2 actually. Campfires killed with a bunch of energetic pop songs that really got the crowd psyched for Ducktails, who’s still doing his pop thing with the Big Troubles dudes, but was definitely sounding better than at Monster Island last month. It was also the release night for his Live on WFMU vinyl (it’s orange!) which was recorded in late 2008 with the help of Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney (you can grab their version of “The Mall” below).
Finally, Julian Lynch, joined by the Big Troubles rhythm section and Evan Brody of Underwater Peoples label’s house band and undeniable shredders Family Portrait, took the stage. The full band did his songs justice and they rocked a lot of Mare, with standouts “Just Enough” and “Stomper”. Sure, the full band thing may inevitably veer into alternative, stoner-rock territory, but we were also feeling some Wilco jam-out vibes, think A Ghost Is Born. Surprised? So were we. The best treat was definitely the “Droplet On a Hot Stone” encore featuring Alex Bleeker of Real Estate and Matt Mondanile of Ducktails/Real Estate and still Sam Franklin of Big Troubles (video below). Overall, the vibe was super friendly, just a lot of bros there to enjoy their pals’ music and revel in the North Jersey scene that is owning right now.