Brothers Past @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, February 5
Words: Carla Danca
Images: Jeremy Gordon
Despite an intimate start to the show, the diehards all came out to support Brothers Past at Williamsburg’s Hall of Music this past Saturday. From the bros in the front row who embodied the “dance like no one is watching” mantra to the Funtown dancers on the stage, the floor kept moving all night long in Brooklyn. While it may have been cold and raining outside, inside things got so hot that there was more than one shirt removed.
[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]
The show began with a set from New Jersey’s own FiKus who were crowded together among the equipment of BP. The tight set up seemed the aid the band as their playing intermixed seamlessly. By adding additional electronic layers on top of the already rich sound provided, the five members of the band dominated the room. Things heated up when DJ Nutritious spun while his two dancers roamed the stage with painted body art that accentuated every curve. Though it seemed a bit risqué, they didn’t quite know what to do when a dollar was thrown on stage… apparently it wasn’t that kind of party after all.
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BP started out with a very strong set especially given the circumstances. Lead singer/ guitarist Tommy Hamilton was hurt from a fall on the ice the previous week, which caused the postponement of a Connecticut show two nights earlier, it was a case of the show must go on. From his seat he continued to play double duty, manning both his laptop and guitar to provide leadership for the band’s sound (in the second set a valiant attempt to stand was short lived and Tom immediately returned to his seat). Technical problems were also in abundance as the sound team took to the stage between almost every song during the first set.
However, despite the obstacles, the night came together and provided a spectacular evening for those trekking out to Brooklyn. Brothers Past didn’t make fans wait long for one of the highlights of the night as Red Rover to Squeeze was an incredible start to the show that made it easy to overlook some muddiness in the vocals and bass volume issues. The ending of the second set was another great moment with a very trance-y sandwich of Who’s Gonna Love Me Now into Too Late to Call back into Who’s Gonna Love Me Now. The band ended the night with the classic Simple Gift of Man that was exactly what fans needed before heading back out into the wet night.
Setlist courtesy of Brother’s Past
Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Set One: Red Rover>Squeeze>Forget You Know Me>Squeeze, One Rabbit Race
Set Two: Dressed Up Worn Down>Machine, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now>Too Late to Call>Who’s Gonna Love Me Now
Encore: Simple Gift of Man
A download of the night is available on Archive.org thanks to Rich Steele.