Last night, legendary San Diego alt-rock guitar army, Rocket From The Crypt, stormed a New York stage for a second night. After Wednesday’s show at Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan (which our trusty photog, Alix Piorun, also shutterbugged over to), RFTC came to the Gowanus hinterlands for another sold-out show at the fab Bell House. The band officially broke up a few years ago, but do very rare reunion jaunts, so their rabid fanbase was primed and ready to sweat. And by the time So So Glos were done with their blasting opening set, sweat indeed was begining to flow. Their pounding cover of Richard Hell & The Voidoids’ “Love Comes In Spurts” was a cool, surprise tack-on to their solid show.
Rocket came out in their time-honored matching get-ups—this time black-and-white demi-Mexican wedding garb. But rather than the usual storming right into the set, leader John “Speedo” Reis chatted everyone up with the implication that someone apparently started a fight at the Bowery show, and he didn’t want any of that tonight, just a lot of dancing. Rocket did finally explode into their show, did all their faves, the crowd heeded that dancing exhortation, and then some, the two horn players honked and/or chanted away through every tune, Speedo had a few more funny, elongated crowd-baiting monologues, and after an hour-plus show with a long encore, all left smiling, many glad they got that RFTC tattoo in 1999, because it still gets you into their shows for free.
Photos by Alix Piorun.