Author : Mary Tsoules
On Wednesday, May 22nd at Brooklyn Bowl everything was funky and the Frizzy Blonde was there to catch it. If you weren’t dancing your ass off (like I was), you had to have been trying pretty hard not to. The much-anticipated TurnStyle show was a part of the 2013 Grolsch #ChooseInteresting Music Series, a year-long program dedicated to bringing up-and-coming indie rock talent to the forefront. And that’s just what happened Wednesday night.
Upon entering the show, each member of the audience received a #ChooseInteresting Playlist drop card, in which they could download an exclusive selection of songs from TurnStyle bands. I’ve been rockin’ out to mine, have you?
We started the night off with a lively seven-piece from Boston (raised in NYC), Every Flavor Weather Machine. The crowd seemed super into the summery sounds. But it wasn’t just your typical jazz/rock collaboration; they threw a little R&B/hip-hop in there too, which only made everyone feel it even more. An entertaining mix of genres started and everyone seemed delighted by it.
The perfect start to a TurnStyle night, a seven-piece turned into a ten-piece. It was King Holiday’s time make everyone dance. And boy did they do a good job. They describe themselves as “psychedelic soul”. I think what makes every song so goddamn delicious is each member’s unique contribution to the band as a whole. In talking to the audience, I found that most were blown away, not having heard Kind Holiday before. I got high ratings from all corners of the room.
Next came TurnStyle’s freatured act of the evening, The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut, the trio banged out an incredible set, which featured several new songs from their upcoming second album. With it being their first New York show of 2013, they started off with a humbling “we’re so excited to be here!” But I’m pretty sure the crowd was more excited – I met several huge Stepkids fans who were thrilled to be there. I also met some newbies who had never heard them before.
New to this soul crew or not, everyone was into it. The Stepkids’ performances are always super unique. Clad in all-white attire with all-white instruments, they perform in front of a rad light show, created by the lighting designer, and considered a crucial fourth member of the band, Dave Pond. This psychedelic trio doesn’t have a sound I can re-create for you. They aren’t this band mixed with that band; they’re something no one has ever heard before, combined with an array of complex sounds that would make any true musician’s jaw drop.
The trio made fans out of everyone there, ending the show with not one, but two encores. The crowd brought them on again for a cover of “Suit and Tie” originally by Justin Timberlake, and then again for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Both renditions seemed to enthuse the audience even more.
Check out an epic moment from the night (my personal favorite) when The Stepkids jam out “Lottery” into the Bee Gees’, “Jive Talkin’” into “It’s All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy.
All in all, I would say it was a successful night of funk at the Brooklyn Bowl. Until the next show, stay groovy.