Ted Leo (photos by Rob Scheuerman)
Washington Square Park
The Exotic Aquatic
Ted Leo made a special solo appearance at The Meat Locker in Montclair this past Saturday, December 26th. This home-town show definitely turned out to be a belated Xmas gift. The small beat-up basement in downtown Montclair that is The Meat Locker was packed to capacity. During Ted's set some fans even had to stand on the side of the stage to escape the crush of the crowd. Unlike some recent secret show sets, Ted made sure no one left unsatisfied, playing 17 songs in about 90 minutes time. Leo's set list included songs from almost all of his releases. You can check out the full set list below, thanks to Torgo.
This show came following a short European solo tour and Ted's sold out Bowery Ballroom date earlier this December. Mr. Leo recently signed with Matador Records this past fall and has already announced that his new album will be entitled The Brutalist Bricks. His Mataor debut hits stores March 9, 2010.
Washington Square Park have been slowly picking up steam from their packed show schedule and talk in the online community. The group is known for their over-the-top live performances that often end with broken equipment or sometimes broken bones. What really keeps people talking is their ability to put out consistently good pop-punk/rock music that hasn't been dumb downed to be mass produced to tweens. With that said, they're tunes are still packed with hooks that are almost impossible to get out of your head.
Look out for Washington Square Park's new music video for "These Last Three Months", which they will be debuting later this week. The group also has some solid upcoming shows, one with Crime In Stereo in January and one with Weatherbox in February and one with Socratic in March. They are also planning for their debut full length album, which is currently being mixed by Mike Sapone, to be released in March.
After a short quiet period from The Exotic Aquatic, the group which is led by Jason Soroka, has jumped back into action. Their live line-up consisted of Jason (guitar/vocals), a trumpet player and drummer, a unique grouping that managed to sound like a full rock band with some twists. With new songs that are leap years beyond their also good last release Where I Used To Sleep (2008) and continuous touring planned for the spring and summer, expect to be hearing a lot more about this band in 2010.
Tourmaline was also on the bill, but unfortunately Rob was unable to grab any photos of them. The veteran rock group from the Montclair area did their usual job of bringing high powered rock to the sold out audience flawlessly, even with a new drummer behind the kit. The group recently recorded a new record with Joe McGrath (AFI, Green Day), which should be out sometime in the first half of 2010. More info on their new record to come!
Nothing Much To Say
Nobody's Driving (Amebix)
The Sword In The Stone
Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
The 'Nice People' Argument
Me and Mia
The High Party
Bottle of Buckie
Under The Hedge
Wat Tyler song acapella (read off his phone)
Do Anything You Wanna Do (Eddie and the Hot Rods)
The Ballad of the Sin Eater