Knitting Factory Brooklyn Presents - Early Show
Dan Vapid & The Cheats
Kurt Baker, The Challenged, The Naturals
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:45PM
This event is all ages
Dan Vapid & The Cheats
Dan Vapid & the Cheats
is an exciting new Chicago punk rock quartet, formed several months after The Methadones' breakup and fronted by the legendary Dan Vapid of Screeching Weasel, Riverdales, Methadones, Sludgeworth, Noise By Numbers, Mopes and Queers fame. The lineup features Dan Vapid (vocals/guitar), Mike Byrne (ex-Methadones/guitar), Simon Lamb (ex-Screeching Weasel/bass) and Mike Soucy (The Bomb/ex-Methadones/drums). After friends and fans from all over the world urged Vapid, he took to the stage May 27th at Chicago's Cobra Lounge, performing a variety of songs he wrote in the last 20 years. The crowd had an overwhelmingly positive reaction and Dan Vapid & the Cheats had a ton of fun playing the songs. Originally meant to be a one-off show, Dan Vapid and the Cheats were born and have since been planning more shows. Dan Vapid & the Cheats will be recording a full length record in October. The Cheats' debut album is too fresh for a title, but will be available to the world in 2012. Stay tuned to Dan Vapid & the Cheats' Facebook page for up-to-date info and while you're there, become a fan if you haven't already. You will not want to miss hearing the arsenal of defining anthems we all know and dearly love that only Dan Vapid can deliver, as well as what they have in store.
Remember that sunny Sunday afternoon you spent listening to your first punk record on your boombox when you were 13 and feeling like the world was right in front of you waiting to be explored? That's what listening to this album reminds me of. The Challenged's Relapse is an east coast throwback to the Lookout! Records sound of the early ..90s (think Kerplunk!-era Green Day and My Brain Hurts-era Screeching Weasel with brighter production). It's a refreshing listen as the Challenged know that that sound isn't so much about being original as it is just about having fun and writing tight, concise songs. The exuberant "Cost of Higher Education" and steady, mid-tempo underachieving anthem, "Today," exemplify just that, and help put Relapse head and shoulders above most pop-punk band's debut records. This trend continues with the bouncy "Best Friend." The recurring line, "Ears that listen speak again / you're dead to me, you're dead to me" reeks of bitterness, but the kind of bitterness that sounds so glorious when mixed with a snotty, catchy melody. The most smile-inducing part of Relapse comes when the band quote Mr. Blake Schwarzenbach in "Blabber": "I believe in the desperate acts / the kind that make you look stupid / that line was how I wanted my life since the first time I heard that song / it made my apathy seem like a commentary / not a lack of pride." It gives you a big sense of perspective on the band and a connection you don't find in many lyrics anymore. Relapse delves into political territory with "Conventional" and "It's Obvious," which speak to the general complacency of American politics and the expected discontent it results in. "We Gratify Ourselves" closes the album out as a cliché yet welcomed ode to individuality (sample lyric: "We don't do this for you / we're addicted to the beat"). This is an exceptionally solid release and a surprising one for a full-length debut. Relapse doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it isn't a nostalgic look back in time, either. Rather, the Challenged present it simply as 12 cohesive songs that sound great together. And that's all you can ask for, really. (Punk News)
Since their debut on the college rock scene in Chapel Hill in 2004, The Naturals have inched their way up the East coast, keeping their audience on their feet at every show. Mixing classic rock references with modern indie songwriting sensibilities, the band has become a standout on the New York scene, where they now reside. In an ocean of bands that stick closely to three or four favored chords, The Naturals grab you with their infectious and raw power pop brand of musicianship, echoing everyone from The Beatles to The Jam to Cheap Trick to The Strokes.
Guitarist and lead vocalist Jason Szkutek, bassist Matt Santoro and drummer Marc Cusa are rocking NYC's Lower East Side and beyond -- and this was The Naturals' best year yet, with a slew of great shows and a brand new EP!