Nashville, dubstep take over The Studio at Webster Hall
The gig opened at 7:30 pm with Roses & Kings – an adorable four-piece indie-folk band with a comforting touch of Americana. The tender voices of lead singers – Hannah Rosenbaum and Pamela Reyes alternated with male vocals from guitarist Andy Castella and were even accompanied by a ukulele.
Just an hour later, the music had shifted dramatically. Two MCs united under the unpronounceable name of BDCSASDLOL invaded the stage rhyming “I’ll be killing every mixtape, every mixtape you make is a mistake”. Despite their decent flow and the competent beats, the band couldn’t fully catch the audience’s attention. It was impossible to escape the reference to the trendy Brooklyn alternative hip-hop group – Das Racist.
And from hip-hop back to country, the highlight of this cozy Monday show. The band that brought the biggest crowd was The Nightmares of Nashville with their colorful face-paint, cute raccoon back-singers and melancholic country songs, which were mostly about alcohol. “It’s all about booze & heartache… or it’s sometimes about heartache & booze”, explained the band’s lead guitarist Ramsey. Jeffrey, who was rhythm guitar and backing vocals, added “There’s room for one true love in heart and we truly love drinking”. For those curious about the origin of the band’s name, Jeffrey answered: “No one in the band has ever stepped feet in Nashville, the name explains itself – if there’s a Nashville out there, then these songs are hopefully what the inhabitants of Nashville are afraid their country songs might turn into…” Anyway, The Nightmares of Nashville truly entertained the audience, making it dance two-steps and drink more whiskey (which was convenient due to the $6 Jim Beam and Coke special at the bar).
The final act for the evening – DJ KillvanKull – spun some dubstep, joined by BDCSASDLOL and The Nightmares of Nashville’s raccoons. A truly eclectic show, it combined genres many would assume to be impossible together, but in the end it worked. Then it was time for more whiskey.
Photos: Martina Dechevska
The Studio at Webster Hall is located on 125 East 11th Street, Manhattan (between 4th and 3rd Ave). Keep updated about future shows on the venue’s website.
For further information on BDCSASDLOL click here.
Listen to more songs from Roses and Kings’ bandcamp here: do not miss Phantom.