Skeletonwitch - Photo by Kristen Bayusik

For a band hailing from Norway, playing a show in New York City is a great experience. Playing a show in New York City on a boat? That’s an awesome experience. Celebrating the tail end of the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon, Kvelertak got to have both of those experiences. After performing with Skeletonwitch in Brooklyn at Europa Friday night, both bands headed over to the marina on FDR Drive and played a show on the Jewel, sponsored by Rocks Off and Brooklyn Vegan.
Opening acts included Psychic Limb and Tombs. They both drew crowds in front of them immediately upon starting their sets, so by the time Skeletonwitch and Kvelertak came on, the audience was already well pumped up. Many people in the audience stated that they were very familiar with all of the bands and had been looking forward to seeing them all CMJ week. Kvelertak was especially highly anticipated, as its U.K. tour dates have outnumbered its U.S. ones recently.
The small space on the boat as well as the fact that the bands all played on the floor provided an intimate atmosphere; audience members were able to get incredibly close. It was the equivalent of seeing your favorite bands at a basement show or someone’s house—except being surrounded by water and being able to see the Statue Of Liberty out the window while rocking out to them. It also gave everyone a chance to cross “mosh pit on a cruise ship” off of their bucket lists.