Oh Sonic Youth. Right up there with George Clooney, they are the poster children for aging gracefully. How many other bands can you think of that play seriously kick-ass live shows, actually make meaningful music contributions, and were one of the most influential bands of all time some twenty-five years ago? The guitar gods rocked the faces off of an incredibly packed Prospect Park bandshell. There were people still trying to get in even as they were playing their last few songs. The band is a monument to practice. When you do something for a long time, you learn to do it damn well. The trick is not to lose any of your fire, which was not a problem for the band at all on Saturday.
Grass Widow and Talk Normal each tried to hold their own, but neither were really up to the task of holding down such a large stage. Talk Normal plays fairly interesting drone rock. They use two basses and a drum kit, so the sound is fairly unique, but the drummer couldn’t quite seem to keep the beat well enough to make it a totally captivating performance. As for Grass Widow, I really enjoyed listening to their songs for the first time before the show, but was confronted by a band with weak guitar sounds and no personality. I’m definitely going to put their album in my iTunes, but I won’t jump to see them live again. You check out photos from the night right here at Impose.