A rare expedition uptown for the punkcast cam, to an airless classroom on an upper floor of Barnard's Prentis Hall on 125th St, gives us a view of a couple of progressive west coast outfits - one, The Intima, just visiting - the other, Young People, having relocated to Brooklyn. I unfortunately missed Rhode Island's V for Vendetta who opened, but I was able to give them a VHS of a show from last year, which may yet make it thru the punkcast process. The Intima featured an accomplished violinist, and, as I hope the 2 clips below well illustrate, songs ranged from intense musical movements to rants over funk/reggae beats. The girl on violin announced that it was her last show for a bit as she was going back to school and introduced her equally accomplished successor, who joined the band for the last two songs. Young People are an unusual outfit. Commencing with traditional plainsong over feedback drone, they moved through lilting jazz, via chants accompanied by simple bashing, to concrete guitar catharsis, all bolstered by intriguing lyrics. Take it from me that the guitar in 'Dutch Oven' below was a lot louder than it might appear in the clip. One could not help but observe that, except for your pre-senile cameraman, and perhaps some members of the Ex Models, they were older than practically everyone else in the room.
And yes i have knocked up a VCD of the show, 8 songs from The Intima and 9 from Young People; sound is pretty good, except for the first Intima during which, for some reason, the vocals were turned down, and the guitar does distort a bit in Young People. The florescent light does lend the whole thing a not unpleasant pastel look.. I wish they all came out as good. Until the bands tell me to stop, you can get this one from the pinstand for $4 inc. mail ($5 foreign) - if interested email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject=VCD254, and I'll let you know the process, or just paypal straight in to that address.
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date posted: 3/17/03
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