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Humpday Hoopla: The Heavy + The Silent Comedy Hit Webster Hall

Humpday Hoopla: The Heavy + The Silent Comedy Hit Webster Hall

June 12 was just a quiet run-of-the-mill Wednesday evening until The Silent Comedy and The Heavy took it over. The two groups performed at New York City’s Webster Hall, playing like it was some kinda Friday night with their funky/folksy rocker beats, stomping feet and feverish energy.

June 12 was just a quiet run-of-the-mill Wednesday evening until The Silent Comedy and The Heavy took it over. The two groups performed at New York City’s Webster Hall, playing like it was some kinda Friday night with their funky/folksy rocker beats, stomping feet and feverish energy.

The Silent Comedy came on first as openers for The Heavy, who headlined the evening, and it was clear that many of the show’s attendees were familiar with the band. Right from the start the crowd was singing along to The Silent Comedy’s brand of rock and roll/folk/revival, as the San Diego rockers stomped, jumped, danced and sweat their asses off all around the stage.

Bandmates Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman are also brothers, and that intimacy was evident from their live performance collaboration. The crowd responded big time to tracks like “God Neon,” while also showing love for the wild banjo playing and crazy revivalstyle preaching. (Several attendees took to swinging their arms in the air, like it was some kind of whiskey-fueled dance club church meeting.) By the end of the set, we were all converts to The Silent Comedy.

The Heavy followed after a bit of a break, and by this point, Webster Hall was packed. Once again, it seemed like the crowd was very familiar with the band, lending their vocals to more than one track. (Including some howling during the popular “Big Bad Wolf.”)

The horn section and two backup singers added a great depth and full sound to the tracks, and lead singer Kelvin Swaby worked his ass off crossing the stage, singing, touching hands and high-fiving fans.

Odd observance of the night: For some reason, The Heavy seemed to draw a lot of love from college aged preppy-looking guys, at least at the New York show. They were seriously rocking out. And also seemed very drunk.

All told, both bands really delivered a night of foot stomping goodness, and gained more than a few new fans. Especially for what started out as regular humpday evening. 

Photos by Melodysiac © 2013

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victor

June 17th, 2013

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