Brooklyn Drum Collective Presents​.​..Live at Our Wicked Lady

The Brooklyn Drum Collective and Our Wicked Lady are both invaluable resources to indie and fledgling artists in the Brooklyn area, so it’s a total thrill seeing them team up together with a hellishly tight roster of indie garage and punk bands on this killer live release.

The Brooklyn Drum Collective is a totally grassroots organization that works to bring established and up and coming musicians together to exchange valuable knowledge and experience. They’ve fostered a safe and all-inclusive music community through things like workshops, drum clinics, repairing and selling equipment and gear and putting on live music performances.

Our Wicked Lady, meanwhile, is a massive bar and venue with attached artist studios and rehearsal spaces and an open rooftop area for outdoor events in Bushwick. Many RCU favorites have played there over the last few years, including Ghost Funk Orchestra, The Rizzos and The Mad Doctors, and the spot even played host to one of the nights of the last Pizzafest. So to say that they’re open and supportive to the local independent music scene is indeed an understatement.

Back on what now feels like the very distant date of July 19, 2019, the BDC presented a wild show with a set of fierce local rockers that included True Dreams, Catty, Bizarre Sharks and Powersnap. Each group is so strong on this release, you’re bound to become a fan of them all instantly.

True Dreams sets the album off on a high note, with their righteously defiant lyrics and unique blend of twee and gnarly vocals. “Female Artist” is a song that should be heard by every girl who wants to start playing music for pure inspiration.

Catty hits the stage next with their seismic post-grunge detonations. Across their trio of tracks here, they totally shred and display their genius songwriting skills. The fact that their instruments aren’t in flames by the end of the climatic “Tell Me” is an absolute wonder.

Next up: Bizarre Sharks! This group injects wry humor with roaring fuzz solos and stomping riffs. Yet they open with the somber “Waste of Time,” which should become the official theme song for every indie band that’s scraping by just to live their dream. This is perhaps the most real song about being an underground musician since Smog’s “A Hit.”

Lastly, longtime RCU favorites and King Pizza legends, Powersnap closes the album with three scorching numbers that completely obliterate everything in their path. The band is in top form here, with guitar typhoons, super punchy vocals and pure adrenaline. Every second of Powersnap’s performance is an example of why we love this band. After you hear this album, you’ll certainly love them, too.

If you want to help the BDC’s great cause, while getting great music, then grab yourself a copy of this explosive live record here. If you want to read more about the BDC, head to their website here.

You can find out more about Our Wicked Lady here and if you want to help keep this great venue alive, why not pick up some of their merch?

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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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