This was my first time at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room, and it turned out to be a great venue, with excellent sound and a surprisingly large stage. Usually the stages for venues of this size are tiny, barely able to accommodate a quartet and their gear, but the Marlin Room’s was big enough to hold a couple of bands, their equipment, and some of their close friends.
In spite of the larger stage, the Marlin Room was still a small and intimate setting. Additionally, the staff and security were professional and courteous, and worked hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Webster Hall continues to impress with its array of amazing venue spaces.
The Weaks started out as a Philadelphia musical collective, but eventually evolved into a alt-rock band wound around the songwriting core of Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo. They’ve toured across the country and released their first EP in 2014, which garnered them a cult following. Somehow they found the time to record and release their debut full length album Bad Year in April and hit the road for a series of shows in support of the new album.
The Weaks are a solid band, clearly enjoying their time on stage, channeling 90’s punky alt-rock into fun and unique tunes. They got the crowd moving and clapping with their energy, and the set was long enough to give you a taste of their music but short enough to leave you wanting more. Definitely a band worth seeing live.
The Weaks are Chris Baglivo (guitar/vocals), Matt “Tank” Bergman (drums), Evan Bernard (guitar, vocals), and Jeremy Gecker (bass).
I saw Pentimento when they opened for Reggie and the Full Effect more than a year and a half ago, during Reggie’s No Country For Old Musicians tour. Unsurprisingly, they’ve only gotten better with time and touring. They’re a powerhouse of a band, loud guitars and driving beats, and when you combine that with the evocative lyrics of their songs, you get a musical experience that really stands out. Punk rock with a dash of melancholy and introspection. Pentimento is a strong band musically, and they have a lot of energy that translates well on stage, pulling the audience into their songs.
It was clear that James Dewees had taken Pentimento under his wing during the No Country for Old Musicians tour; you could see it in the camaraderie on stage (then and now), and it was nice to see them performing as the Full Effect.
Pentimento just released a single in anticipation of the fall release of their new album. Take the time to check them out; they’re a talented bunch of guys.
Pentimento is Vincent Caito on bass/vocals, Lance Claypool on guitar, Michael Hansen on drums/vocals and Jeramiah Pauly on vocals/guitar.
Reggie and the Full Effect
James Dewees is an amazingly talented musician. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, and the list of bands he’s been in or played with is pretty damn impressive. He started Reggie and the Full Effect as a side project in 1998, and almost 20 years later, he’s still going strong.
People who have never seen or heard Reggie and the Full Effect are often confused, because they don’t realize that the project is a way for Dewees to express his ridiculous sense of humor. They expect serious music, and what they get is fake blood and whipped cream and Hannah Montana costumes.
This was the “Promotional Copy Tour” – playing the entirety of 2000’s Promotional Copy, with bonus explanation of some of the creative processes behind the songs, which was a fascinating look into Dewees’ genius brain. There were also funny stories about life on tour, being a musician, and getting laid. There were guest appearances by some of Dewees’ alter egos: Klaus from the Finnish death metal band Common Denominator and sexy 80’s New Romantic-New Wave sensation Fluxuation.
Reggie and the Full Effect will always be one of my favorite bands to see live, simply because Dewees is such an engaging and entertaining personality. The shows are always so much pure fun.
Reggie and the Full Effect has released a handful of studio albums and I certainly hope to see more music from Reggie in the future.
I will never get tired of seeing Reggie and the Full Effect live; James Dewees is a treasure, and he surrounds himself with talented musicians that are always worth seeing. Great bands, great venue, awesome times.
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)