Lady Bits and The Loneliers hit The Bowery Electric recently for a pre-Halloween bash which was a special night for me, as both bands are among my favorites and both are long time friends. A touring band, Daisy Chain, was also on the bill but unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay for their set but perhaps next time they come through town I can catch them.
The Loneliers kicked the night off and it was the first show back for these twee punks. You could have fooled me though, because it was like no time at all had passed since the last time I saw them in early 2020. They may not have been playing shows because of the pandemic, but they have been practicing and working on a new EP (which I am very much anticipating) so it’s obvious they have stayed on top of their game and didn’t get rusty at all. Aside from their music, one of the things I love most about this band is that they are always family affair, being that bassist/singer Debbie Rodriguez and guitarist/singer Jessie Rodriguez are sisters, and on this night, the band was joined by fill-in drummer Eamon McMullen who is regular drummer Caitlin McMullen’s younger brother. I always love going to their shows (or playing with them too!) because they are always so much fun, and they always put on a really energetic set with both Rodriguez sisters trading back and forth on lead vocals.
Lady Bits were up next, playing just their second show back in the “after times,” and are also a band I’ve known for several years. I met them all the way back when they were more of a riot grrrl punk band and have been following them to the present day when they are now firmly a post punk band. I really love the growth and their new sound which even delves into darkwave territory at times. It’s always a really exciting thing to see a band shift and change over the years and grow as songwriters along the way. Their set was largely made up of songs from their most recent release Lose The Thread, along with a fantastic cover of “L.E.S. Artistes,” from Santigold’s landmark self titled 2008 debut album (the song and the album are both personal favorites of mine) which was a big highlight of the night for me.
A night of great friends is always a salve to hard times and long days, especially during the weird existence we find ourselves in currently, and I’m always beyond thrilled to see my friends thriving and playing incredible music. This night was that and more in spades.
Scroll down to see pics of the show (photos by Kate Hoos)