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If you travel about 60 miles east of New York City, on Long Island’s woodsy north shore lies Stony Brook University, an immense hub of scientific research. But scattered amongst the scholars are your regular, rowdy, music-loving coeds who find their favorite watering hole at the fairly hidden University Café right on campus. The Stony Brooklyn series uses the space to feature upcoming artists, bringing that borough’s finest closer to its suburban fans. This weekend they welcomed the industrial rock duo YVETTE, who once graced our stage at CMJ 2012 and have just recently released their full-length debut, Process, via Godmode. The two band mates go simply by Noah and Dale; the former on guitar and vocals, the latter on drums and synths.
Opening for them were Future Punx, a young band also from Brooklyn, who channel an ’80s synth-pop vibe all the way from their bright outfits to the keytar. The band delivered an energetic and colorful performance on a relatively small stage. Even with limited space, frontman Chris Pickering was able to roll around and dance to the fast-paced beats. As their set progressed, more and more audience members were drawn to the stage and were even inspired to dance along. Overall, their experience on stage really showed, which is not surprising as three of their four members (Chris Pickering, Jason Kelly, and Jake Pepper) previously worked with Parquet Court’s Andrew Savage in Fergus And Geronimo.
YVETTE, who are steamrolling their way to the forefront of New York’s underground scene quickly switched the mood with their hauntingly aggressive, post-punk act. Aiming to deafen the audience, the two were able to use their resources, aka a plethora of pedals and amps, to blast the same amount of sound as larger acts. The screeching guitar, soaring vocals and powerful drum hits overpowered the small café and thoroughly disturbed the surrounding peace. While Noah shredded on his guitar and stomped hard on his pedals, his vocal performance was conversely calm and collected. Dale, on the other hand, preferred to perform shoeless. He put everything he had into his drums, executing some of the quickest hits. Their chaotic and aggressive energy transferred into a sonic outburst of thundering music. The stressful collegiate environment is the ideal environment to identify with that kind of raw intensity. By the end, both were left sweating and exhausted from a thrilling set. Without ever addressing the audience they came in, destroyed everyone’s eardrums, and left without goodbyes.
All “Stony Brooklyn” shows are broadcast live on WUSB 90.1 FM.