Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death at Seaport Music Festival, 28 June 2013, NYC

Seaport Music Festival’s show Friday night featured Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death.  Death and mortality…YIKES!

No worries though, the show was a sensation.  Up first was Bass Drum of Death from Oxford (wait for it…) Mississippi.  Oh you Anglophiles, always hoping for another British invasion.

Well, with a name like Bass Drum of Death, you probably figured it was just some speed metal band with satanic, I want to die lyrics.  Sorry to disappoint, but BDD was awesome.  Super hooky, full of energy, and abundant hair whipping.  The kids in the crowd went crazy, forming a mosh pit during their set.  Every time I wanted to get some footage of the pit, the band’s song would finish.  What luck…

I finally did get some video of the mosh pit brutality, and it was excellent.  That freedom and release from shoving and pushing your fellow punter can be exhilarating, but it was all done in good sportsmanship.  Yes, BDD was an excellent opener, and they are definitely worth checking out.

Bass Drum of Death
Bass Drum of Death

The rain started just at the end of BDD’s set and stayed for most of the headlining set with Unknown Mortal Orchestra from Portland, Oregon.  Dexterous singer/guitarist/Native Kiwi Ruban Nielson is astoundingly talented in his guitar work.  You can seriously become hypnotized watching him in action.  UMO’s psychedelic melodies and soulful grooves reminiscent of the 60s mixed with the rain made the show feel like a spiritual event.  Can I get an ‘Amen!’ ?

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The rain finally subsided by the end of the night and the abundant crowd definitely showed their love for Unknown Mortal Orchestra (and BDD).  Just wish Nielson knew he was in Manhattan, as he thanked Brooklyn at the end of the night.  Ahhh…no worries, I guess all  New Yorkers look alike…. (What? I can’t say that???)

Here’s a short video, so you can hear what they sound like, and check out the photo gallery below that:

ALL PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2013 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.


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