Fixtures, 999999999, Ben “Baby” Copperhead @ Mama Tried

Fixtures, 999999999, Ben “Baby” Copperhead @ Mama Tried

Fixtures at Mama Tried (photo by Brianna DiGioia)

 

Brooklyn mainstays Fixtures played the outdoor show at Mama Tried this past Saturday, closing out the summer with unapologetic indie rock. 

 

Ben “Baby” Copperhead and the Horned Serpents opened the evening joined by Joseph Allan Johnson on sax, Emanuel Ruffler on keys and David Berger on drums. Copperhead played a grander set with a little extra grit than his usual banjo and guitar folk, occasionally adding a pedal laden growl to his vocals. 

 

Two piece 999999999 (pronounced “All 9s”… we think) followed up, with Anthony Macbain on guitar and vocals and Ted McGrath on drums. Bringing some surfy skuzz pop to the backyard, 999999999 kept the energy building in a packed Mama Tried backyard.

 

Fixtures filled the stage on Saturday as a six piece: K Liakos on guitar and vocals, Jay McGuire on bass, Robin Fowler on drums, and new additions Riley Cooke on trumpet, Jules Block on baritone sax, and Don Meehleis on guitar. Self described as vampire elevator music, Fixtures brings frenetic energy and volume—and catchy as fuck riffs. “The Great Tequila Flood of 2000-2018” built the same kind of momentum you’d expect from the semi autobiographical content it’s named after. In addition to poignantly clever lyricism, Fixtures also has a knack for the deeply sad slipped into driving, upbeat melodies. “21/1” began with a gentle horn section that leads into a dedicated jam about driving around trying to find Love as Laughter/Lync frontman and friend to many, the late Sam Jayne, who had gone missing in December 2020. Their set was capped off with a new banger, “Rats on Broadway the Musical on Broadway” (not a typo). Got your next great New York anthem right here.

 

 

Grab a beer or six and go see all three of these bands—you won’t be sorry. 

 

Fixtures’ new record Hollywood Dog is out next February.

 

Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Brianna DiGioia with a few additions by Maksim Akelin)

 

BEN “BABY” COPPERHEAD

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FIXTURES

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(photo by Maksim Akelin)

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(photo by Maksim Akelin)

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Horsegirl @ Market Hotel

Horsegirl @ Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel (photo by Brianna DiGioia)

 

Tuesday 3/22 marked the NYC debut for Horsegirl, an indie rock trio out of Chicago. Market Hotel was packed with a welcoming and adoring crowd, whose energy built throughout a night of Midwest meets East Coast rock. The night began with Brooklyn locals S.C.A.B. (an anagram of band members’ names: Sean, Cory, Alec, and Brandon) for some pop tinged post punk. A perfect balance of pop melodies with pedal laden edge, this band got people moving, and quickly. Next up were Hotline TNT, an indie rock outfit bringing Minneapolis volume to Market Hotel. 

 

Horsegirl looked and felt immediately at home in Brooklyn, as Nora Cheng, Penelope Lowenstein, and Gigi Reece took their places on the stage. An impressive show from the first note, this band plays off one another expertly, while never being too polished. Vocally interweaving, Cheng and Lowenstein create a soundscape that is instantly captivating, and Reece’s drums tie it creatively and tightly together. Shoegazey, scuzzy, textural, post punk noisy: all the right stuff.

 

With a sound that owes a lot to its six string bass, Horsegirl’s catchy riffs got an enraptured crowd dancing and singing along from the get go. You can tell that this band not only listens to one another, they get exactly what they’re going for. The only thing that we could have asked for was that their set had been even longer. Horsegirl, please come back to New York. And stay a while.

 

Horsegirl’s first full length record, Versions of Modern Performance, comes out June 3rd via Matador Records.

 

Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Brianna DiGioia)

 

S.C.A.B.

S.C.A.B. performing

S.C.A.B. performing

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HOTLINE TNT

Hotline TNT performing

Hotline TNT performing

Hotline TNT performing

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Hotline TNT performing

Hotline TNT performing

Hotline TNT performing

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HORSEGIRL

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel

Horsegirl at Market Hotel