Skip to content

The Village Voice’s 4Knots Festival At Pier 84 In Hudson River Park, June 11th, 2015, Review

 

11742978_10153436976240761_6751316998430867902_n

With the temperature in the lower 80s and puffy white clouds playing tag with the sun, a dip to deliciously fresh as the hours passed along and the headliners reached the stage, you couldn’t have asked for anything lovelier than Saturday afternoon. Standing on the bridge of the Hornblower Yacht and watching one top art guitar band after another perform, in an unusually well curated day of rock and roll, New York has never been sweeter.

This my second Village Voice’s 4Knots festival, having missed the first two years, 2014 was at the much smaller Pier 16, and while I had a blast (here), man was it cram packed. At the time I wrote: “I couldn’t get back and forth between the photo pit and the VIP Peking Ship where by 5pm there was a line to get in.” This year they erred in the other direction and the place could’ve done with more bodies. The former free show now cost $25 a ticket and $50 for VIP and that, of course, hurt attendance. Plus, it was absolutely the size, and maybe the bill? I would think Stephen Malkmus and Super Furry Animals alone would be enough to get 5,000 people into the gorgeous Hudson Park. Add Mikal Cronin and Screaming Females, that  alone should have drawn a huge crowd.

It was a carefree, easy, flowing day, a stressless presentation of great rock guitar. I arrived a little late, rushing through my Taylor Swift review at the speed of write, I got there in time to catch Meatbodies roaring through “Mountain”. The smart tight and catchy garage rock LA style band is lead by Chad Ubovich, Mikal Cronin’s (who will be playing later) bassist. Their current album is a psycho drama piece of badass rock and fuzz. On stage they were good enough to make you forget their entirely sophomoric stage patter and concentrate on the power plus guitar solos in the middle and  drone rock that ended the set.

Happyness are a pretty wonderful trio from London (you know the UK, “that way” one of them points) and their sound veers between folkieness and good natured beauty rock outs, opening song “Weird Little Birthday Girl” wasn’t  even a highlight in a consistent and well performed set of ambient meets rock mood music. The new album, Weird Little Birthday does low loud so well I am not really sure that’s what they are trying to do.

Screaming Females are at that zen like place now where it feels effortless; it feels simple and easy and organic, as though they can reach inside themselves and perform music with a rage that is becalmed through effort. They are, simply, great. I haven’t seen them in awhile and the trio improves all the time, you don’t think they can be better and yet there Screaming Females are, better. I thought Jarrett Dougherty was a great drummer when I interviewed him six years and life has made him so steadfast it is like the other two don’t worry about anything at all. I have met the sublime lead guitarist Marissa Paternoster a number of times, and was gonna congratulate her on Rose Mountain, both album, song, and a terrific performance of it  today but… It feel likes grovelling doesn’t it?

Mikal Cronin, between him and Ty Segall they are the West Coast equivalent of Kurt Vile and Patrick Stickles. But I am not a huge fan of either Ty or Mikal, they both lack quality control, and their recorded work sounds great as sound but lacks consistency as song: I never recognize them. Apparently, I needed to see Mikal live. Much better in person, the set still suffered from power pop that powers fine but pops less so. MCIII his latest album sounded good but nothing stuck with me. This was a good set and a coupla songs were real cracker melodic hard rockers. I guess he needs more time than I’m gonna give him.

Twin Peaks, the Chicago, Illinois kids who have been waiting for this moment for six years and are now officially ready for their close up. Fast, loud, melodic, power popping, brilliant and as energetic as you can possibly imagine, they gave the performance of the evening. Nothing zen about these guys, they were cheeky, good humored and giving it their all in their sadly truncated set. Stephen Malkmus complimented them as he walked on stage,  so you know how great they were.

What is the difference between the Jicks and Pavement? Around five million bucks. But otherwise Malkmus is Malkmus is Malkmus, the same acute rock songs with zigzag melodies and twist and shifts in keys and tempos, and the singsongy tune twisting. A super fine set of some great and some less great songs. The entire 4Knots Festival hit its zenith with the gorgeous ballad “Freeze The Saints” followed by the glam rocker “Baby C’Mon”.

As for Super Furry Animals.. I left after three songs and I liked what I saw but I had reached exhaustion though what I heard was a mix of noise and rock, funny costumes and Cool Britania zippiness.

And art rock guitar heroes. A great day of music. Congrats to whoever put this show together. See you next year.

Grade: A

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo-e1623352788338-reupload
ScreenShot2020-10-05at12.00.04PM-reupload

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top