As the first part of a four part series, , HEALTH, No Age, Cults and Ceremony played a free house show at the House Of Vans in Brooklyn. This show marked the first of a six show series this summer sponsored by, of course, Vans. The new House Of Vans is less of a house and more of a 25,000 square-foot warehouse renovated to accommodate the East Coast skate scene; an outdoor street skateboarding course and a huge stage that sets the scene for quite the rager.
Cults and Ceremony opened the show and pleasantly surprised the crowd early. However, the best part of the show was HEALTH, who absolutely killed last night. HEALTH has always had the ability to turn a perfectly respectable crowd into a writhing mass of debauchery and last night was no exception. The crowd, already fueled by the prospect of free music and free beer, went into a frenzy as HEALTH began its killer set around 9:30. Next, No Age gave a solid performance that included a Black Flag cover. The surprising thing about No Age’s Randy Randall and Dean Spunt is their ability to take cues from one another. It’s easy for a two piece band to fall apart, each member falling into a rhythm just a little bit off from the other, but No Age definitely does not have that problem. Randall and Spunt has been playing together for six years but by the looks of them the band could have been playing together for twelve.
House of Vans should prove to be an interesting venue. While some are wary about the corporate turn DIY bands—with Wavves signed to Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound record label and the like—nobody can say Vans is not accommodating. There’s free beer and music and if you can’t make the show you can watch a webcast on the House Of Vans website.
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